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Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: A perhaps Rhetorical Question
« Last post by deibster on Today at 03:05:25 AM »
Grasshopper: Thank you for the TDF/TAF information and the links to the articles. I'm in a support group at my ASO and have found that a large percentage of LTS have kidney problems; NOT the small percentage quoted in the literature.

I was taken off of Tenofovir 8 years ago, and my serum creatinine level stayed elevated (1.6 to 1.9 when 1.3 is normal for a male) until last month. I just had another creatinine level done to find out if the healthier level was a blip or a true improvement. I also have Osteoporosis and have to go to the hospital this week to get an IV medication for it called Reclast. I get this once per year.

Instead of the Tenofovir, I take Prezista, Norvir and Epzicom. An entry inhibitor can be added to this regimen if it becomes necessary. Since I've been on it for several years, my doc would probably change the regimen rather than adding to it.

Best wishes Mishma, I hope things continue to improve for you.
Hugs from gay Provincetown, deibster
Hey Tony this month and December are my one year anniversary ..
It was interesting reading your story,you and I pretty much have the same story..
I lost exactly the same amount of weight and because I was working around the clock thats exactly why I also thought I was losing the weight..
I got a dry cough that a coworker was worried about but I just thought I was getting sick in a regular fashion..
I got bed ridden sick for around two weeks and anything I did to get well didn't work.. So I decided to go to the hospital..
When they did my vitals and ran some tests it turned out that I was also HIV positive and didn't know it..
And my CD4 was 19.. November and December was pretty much spent all in the hospital..
I am glad that you are still here .. I am sorry to hear about your friend Tonny..
I know I have a year under my belt but still feel so new to this whole thing..
I am scared,and depressed , and don't know what to expect from life..
It is nice to hear your words and know that i have the chance to be alive for many more years..
Thanks for posting and thanks for letting us know we are not alone..
Are you a doctor? Are you a research chemist?

Could you explain in laymen's terms how this information is of use to anyone and why you have the expertise to relay it?
Did my little experiment today, measured out a gram of table salt (Sodium Hydrochloride) to match the 950mg (pretty much a gram) of sulphate salts in Triumeq. Divided in two gelcaps, took first one before, second after.... bubbled a bit in stomach..First thing I noticed was my stomach emptied way faster... normally Triumeq feels like it dissolves slowly and then sits in stomach for 2 hours..slowly got worse t-ill it reached 4-5 hours... I can tell how fast my digestion is working by when I start feeling my psych meds loll.

Saliva, electrolytes feel more normal, less thick, less dry mouth, essier to breath.
Either I was severely depleted in electrolytes or the hydrochloride helped boost acidity somehow. Had only one instance of reflux today and it actually burned just a little, so my acidity might be returning about 10% today. Previously I would regurgitate food 5-8 times a day... and it would just stick to my esophagus like glue.

I'm still figuring this out, so please don't start ingesting a gram of sodium a day, as it's probably not healthy either... haha... but I'm trying to get to the bottom of why Triumeq, Stribild, Complera seemed to cause similar respiratory/thermoregulation side effects in me, being completely different active ingredients from different companies. So I'm looking at what they all have in common. So far I've narrowed it down to fillers, sulphate salts, and increased workload on kidneys.
Am I Infected? / How risky?
« Last post by QuestionInTexas on Yesterday at 11:16:52 PM »
I am very aware of the risk of HIV when one has unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse with someone of pos or unknown status. However I've got a question about length of exposure, if that makes sense. About two weeks ago I had sex with a guy; we tried sex with a condom (me bottoming) but he was really big and it didn't feel great. We fooled around some more (oral) then he said we should try again without a condom; I said no but he 'slipped in' to me; there was no ejaculation, it was monetary, and afterwards we put a condom on and he topped me. I realize there is still a risk of HIV, but does the brief nature of the encounter (and the fact that he has only ever topped, never bottomed) affect risk in any way?

Second (if I may): I got checked for HIV/STDs 10 days after this encounter....how much trust/faith should I put into my results (when I get them tomorrow), assuming they're negative? I'm 22, pretty healthy, would that lead to antibodies being produced sooner if I'm positive?

Thanks everyone!
Yeah, I started treatment 8 or so months ago, and am now undetectable, but my CD4's are stuck at 400-500 and it doesn't seem like they will be reaching the 900-950's that I had while on Ritalin. I still seem to catch colds all the time now. It's to bad about the short duration though, cause it made me feel amazing for 6 hours but then followed 10 hours of the worst, jittery, hellish crash ever, and wasn't worth it... even if it improved my immune system, and I never got sick.. but it sounds like you don't need it for the full day, and should be fine, for an hour or two here and there. Just watch out for the long term tolerance.
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 10:56:09 PM »
Happy AIDSaversary!  ;D

I just passed my 31st anniversary of becoming HIV+ and next month on Dec 26, I'll be celebrating my 23rd AIDSaversary (ugh. that was a horrible xmas present to get in 92)

thank you for the encouragement you give others here. Although HIV can sure bring some shit into your life (illness, poverty, discrimination), knowing that it doesn't have to bring an early, untimely death anymore is powerful stuff to hear. :D
Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo oral
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 10:22:16 PM »
De nada.  Adelante con su vida.
Off Topic Forum / Re: sci phi story
« Last post by em on Yesterday at 10:11:42 PM »
 just found out about a new show on the fox network called second chance. Starting this January. The show from what I can gather is about a police officer who gets killed at the age of 75 and then his body is somehow ends up in an experiment that brings him back to life like Frankenstein's monster and makes him younger to about thirty five and strong like the 6 million dollar man at least that is what I heard. Not what I had written but  similar. To bad this page even though it  is dated and basically published for anyone to read. The idea of going back in age like the fountain of youth is an old story. Just a science way of doing it is new and well an idea I had thought of and written down here . Someone else has run with the same idea.  To bad I had no where to turn with my idea to help earn a living with ideas. I bet the guys who wrote that story for the TV show live in a Malibu beach house with a different car for each day of the week and the luxuries I can only dream of. TO bad there is no way they would share the wealth with this web sight that had similar idea to there story. Just dumb luck their story and mine coming out about the same time. Their story a big deal my story not so much. I was writting to my audience thinking it might get some attention and become something.I guess I was wrong. The story they tell mentions cancer but not HIV ? I guess they thought a main character with HIV would turn people off from the show ? I do not know, they may have never read this post it might just be conincidence.

just a story that people can dream about

all my best EM

Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo oral
« Last post by diego400 on Yesterday at 09:47:55 PM »
Muchas gracias Andy.
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