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Living With HIV / Re: HIV Database?
« Last post by tednlou2 on Today at 02:49:52 PM »
I think many may be weary, because their name is in a database, which we have no idea the security.  We've seen the Sony Attacks, Ashley Madison, and attacks on WH and other government databases. 

With the Ashley attack, we all could search by name for people using that site.  There may be two suicides linked to that.  So, if someone wanted to out all HIV-positive persons, I have no doubt someone could do it.  But, we have way more info at our docs, which could also be compromised, as medical records have gone electronic.  So if someone or some group really wanted to do that, they could do it regardless.  It just wouldn't be as easy to get everyone.  They could target HIV Clinics, which would have the most names.  But, there are many going to their regular doc.  Although, many docs, big clinic based or not, use the same computer systems-- which allow us access to our medical records.

Since the records are vulnerable regardless, I think I would only be concerned in a country where the government would use the information to hurt you.  That's not the case here.

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Living With HIV / Re: Keeping HIV a secret from my family
« Last post by mecch on Today at 02:18:08 PM »
Hi welcome to the forum. Why don't you start a new thread for yourself.
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Am I Infected? / Did I take the right test? (HIV RNA Qualitative)
« Last post by Missymya on Today at 02:14:12 PM »
Hello,

Thank you for accepting me to the forum.

So, about 6 months ago, I slept with someone unprotected and I got HSV. Of course, after that, I was concerned about HIV. So, at the 5 month mark after intercourse with this person, I requested an HIV test through 'Request a Test' (because I don't have health insurance or a doctor) and chose the most expensive one, which was the RNA Qualitative, thinking I wanted to have the best test. It came back non-reactive, which was good. However, I found out later, that this was might have been the wrong test to take because it's only used for the initial infection or to monitor hiv patients viral loads. My question is, is that right? If so, is 5 months to far out from possible initial infection to be tested accurately by this RNA Qualitative test? Should I re-take a standard HIV test just to be sure? I paid over $200.00 for this test :(.   Any answers would be more than greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.
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Living With HIV / Re: Long term Atripla users (a question).
« Last post by Denvaux on Today at 02:12:23 PM »
I managed to get an emergency appointment with my consultant tonight and talked through the options about switching.  I was booked for later this month but I have had enough of this Atripla combination and it's whacky vivid dreams brought about by I suspect -Sustiva.
I'm going to give Eviplera a go for a month or two to see how I get on; it's basically two of the same active drugs found in Atripla, but the Sustiva is replaced with ricpivirine.....   but will it be a better option I wonder?    :-\
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Positive Women / Re: breast size
« Last post by dimoj on Today at 02:07:49 PM »
i think when it is small http://15homeremedies.com/939/boost-your-bust/ it will help but i don't know the way how to reduce it . you can wear a tight bra so that it can be controlled however you should do some exercise so that it can be reduced . and please don't eat any fatty things. thanks
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Am I Infected? / Re: sucking breast milk with receding & bleeding gums
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 01:44:30 PM »
HIV is a very fragile virus that is damaged instantly when it leaves the host.  That means that any HIV that may be present is too damaged to infect.  You have not had even the slightest risk.

Joe
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Am I Infected? / Re: sucking breast milk with receding & bleeding gums
« Last post by sidsuae on Today at 01:38:41 PM »
Thanks jeff. I know that sucking breast milk with bleeding gums is not risk to adult. Breast milk like saliva inactivates the virus.in worst case,  What about if 1 or two drops of blood from her nipple  or from her cut nipple might have  gone to my bleeding gums. In that case also my saliva will inactivate the virus. Is there something if somebodies saliva could not be able to stop the virus.
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Research News & Studies / Re: francoise sinoussi... institut pasteur
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 01:35:05 PM »
i propose another way to manage hiv
every human being on earth should be positive, this is  only way to stop stigma
i think there will come a day soon... hiv will make a mutation and become airborne transmission... in this way we will never blame homosexuality

Hayssam,

I hope you can find the help you so desperately need.  The answer to your struggle is not to infect every human being with HIV, it's you getting some help to overcome your fears regarding HIV.  HIV is NOT going to mutate and become an airborne disease and heterosexuals are the predominate group that are being infected, not homosexuals.

Joe
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Research News & Studies / Re: francoise sinoussi... institut pasteur
« Last post by hayssam on Today at 01:30:05 PM »
i propose another way to manage hiv
every human being on earth should be positive, this is  only way to stop stigma
i think there will come a day soon... hiv will make a mutation and become airborne transmission... in this way we will never blame homosexuality
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Am I Infected? / Re: worried
« Last post by mannyp1234 on Today at 01:07:35 PM »

Thanks Joe,
One of my worries is if there was breakage in the condom me without realizing it but reading from other posts, breakage of condom doesn't seem to be a trivial thing and I would have noticed.
Thanks again and the will make me less worried and focus in life.
P.S. I was trained in med school about the 80% efficacy of condoms. I guess in real world consistent and correct use of condoms the effectiveness is higher than that.
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