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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Cant get meds
« Last post by hereinny on Today at 06:24:32 PM »
I was just diagnosed as + after an illness that involved sores in my mouth, fever, throwing up, rash on my face.  I went to the hospital and they admitted me because my white blood count was very low.  The did an HIV test and it was +.

The treated me for the ailments and took tons of blood, they then put me on truvada with norvir and something else that i don't know what it is at this point.

I was discharged without any medication.  I went to all of the programs to sign up for assistance and I am being told that I won't be able to get any meds for at least a week.

I have no results for my bloodwork because the results are not available yet.  I knot know my viral load, my Tcells and i don't even know if I was given a resistance test to see if these meds are correct.

Will i develop a resistance to anything since i started meds and now i can't get them?
Should i make sure i get the resistance test to make sure these meds are correct?
Are the ailments i developed a sign of full blown aids or can they be from the exposure?   My last HIV test was 18 months ago.

Any help will be greatly appreciated, i am in a panic as is my entire family.

Off Topic Forum / Re: iphone 6 plus
« Last post by OneTampa on Today at 06:07:02 PM »
My iPHONE20 came today via UPS delivery!

 :) ;) ;D :o 8)
Am I Infected? / HIV consistent symptoms after risky exposure
« Last post by morg896 on Today at 05:21:44 PM »
Hi, my situation is as follows, sh*tting myself to say the least.

1 week after having unprotected vaginal sex (drunken one night stand, I'm the guy) lymph node in right side of neck swelled up for no reason with no sign of infection, no cold, no sore throat, no abscess, nothing.

For the last 7 weeks since then, I have been experiencing all of the following symptoms, all of which are still persisting to this moment.

Intermittent pain/burning from nodes in right arm pit and inner elbow as well as intermittent pain from nodes in groin. Node in right side of neck is still swollen (slight) and tonsil on right side is swollen (no whiteness). Throat is red and inflamed but no pain. Note the arm pit node when I press with my finger feels very hard like a small marble.

Constant headache and ringing in ears. Considerable worsening of pre-existing dermatitis condition.

Dry skin on scrotum. Aching neck.

All of these symptoms have been persisting for 7 weeks now starting approx a week to 10 days after encounter. Other symptoms I have had include regular dry mouth and gingivitis, had strange, possibly yeasty metallic taste in mouth for first couple weeks which has subsided. Can literally smell it off the towels where I'd been wiping my mouth after brushing my teeth. Also had red, dry skin patches in upper torso and neck which have went away.

Now the weird part. I sat an HIV DUO test at 30 days post exposure which was negative. Doctor there also assured me that test is highly accurate after 28 days as have a few other doctors. Also had negative insti finger prick test at 8 weeks. I am now at 8 weeks 4 days and had blood drawn from the vein yesterday at the sexual health clinic in Edinburgh. The nurses there told me that they consider the window period at 1 month and said by 2 months my result is as good as conclusive. Will get results for that next week. She says if that is negative I needn't bother with more testing but I probably will.

I am also visiting my doctor next week to have other blood tests done, she is doubtful it is HIV but I think that's just cause no one would ever expect a middle class straight white boy like me to catch HIV and even if she did suspect it she probably would never say in order to avoid making me anxious. My mononucleosis test was negative also. I have always been a fit and healthy person who never, ever gets ill, not even headaches. That combined with the early lymph node swelling (showing a healthy immune response) would surely imply I should be producing antibodies sooner rather than later and would expect to be someone who develops antibodies more quickly but I'm not a doctor lol.

I seem to be convinced I have HIV, and am almost getting to the point where I am no longer despairing about it and have spent weeks thinking about how I will adjust my mind to dealing with it. I even ordered that book by Brett Grodeck lol. It just annoys me that the nurses at the sexual health clinic and the doctors are quite dismissive of the prospect of me having HIV, despite the fact that I feel my symptoms are very consistent. I suppose thats probably because it's so rare here and my exposure is considered low risk just because the girl was white and british. (she was a slut though)

Anyway, whats your thoughts, I know all I can do is wait on these results and pray it's not hiv and is something else which gets picked up in the further blood testing I'm doing next week.
Living With HIV / Re: Shingles Vaccine
« Last post by mitch777 on Today at 05:15:10 PM »
I recently had the vaccine and it is a live vaccine so there is a risk. Some newer research does seem to suggest that it is safer for those who have a higher CD4 count and are UD but I know after I posted about this here recently that some wouldn't want to take the risk. It took the third try with my ID doc over several years for him to give me the ok. I survived without a scratch but wouldn't want to sway you either way. Just my experience.
Living With HIV / Re: Hop a Long reporting in .
« Last post by mitch777 on Today at 04:49:59 PM »
Nothing worse than hair pain... well, maybe dental work. :(

I did have to laugh at Betty giving you the bubble wrap advice. tee he. (Betty dear, if you are listening I'm wondering if you bought a mega size roll for yourself?)

Anyway, back to you. I can't think of many members here that have been constantly barraged by one thing after another, especially to the degree that you have. A prize nobody wants to receive.

Sending you my love. Gay Pants sends kitty kisses. :-*  :-*


you were awarded disability based solely on hiv/aids?
donate a dollar (more >:() you broke bastards

and if you've never been here, take the time if ever in SFO, it is a beautiful area of the park reclaimed from what used to be the back drainage pond

damn kids need to be beaten


I noticed I used the word "husband" when you say he is your partner. Sorry for the slip! Doesn't change my opinion.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Cruising Oral
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 03:53:31 PM »
Teoricamente solamente sexo con su mano es 100% seguro. Pero sabemos desde tanto tiempo por la epidemia que solamente la copula vaginal y anal sin usando los condones son riesgos confirmados.

Las cuentas de transmicion desde sexo oral por  varios razones no son fiable.

No estoy esperando otra que un resultado negativo para ti.

I am wondering if anyone in the forums who has been awarded SSDI due to HIV has had to go through a "Continuing Disability Review."  In my award letter it states that my disability would be reviewed in 5-7 years, but technically speaking, the SSA is supposed to screen out cases that were awarded due to HIV (https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0428003005).  I'm told, though, that occasionally HIV disabled do, in fact, get flagged for CDR. 

I'm coming up on my fifth year and I'm getting a bit stressed out about this.  Any information would be helpful.
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