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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Atripla leftovers
« Last post by Seeker on Today at 09:00:04 AM »
I have changed to Triumeq and have an opened bottle with about 20 left---if you're interested contact me---
My insurance company required that I use Accredo when I was taking Atripla--can't say it was problem free but for the most part I was able to get my medications timely and able to use my co-payment card....it just wasn't as fast and easy as going to my nearby pharmacy....you just have to be proactive in terms of staying in contact with them and especially when it comes time to reorder....things just don't move as quickly as when you can deal with people face to face that know you....I have recently been changed to Prime Specialty-apparently since this mail order business is the way things are going-we can expect vendor changes---so far no problems.... wish you the best----
Am I Infected? / Re: Likely exposure/transmission
« Last post by mekzn on Today at 08:19:38 AM »
I'm planning to get my first test done on day 31 at a clinic that I believe uses the home test kits. If it's negative I'll go ahead and do the 6-week and 12-week blood tests at the health department.

The reason I'm posting now is not to ask about symptoms but about seeing a doctor. I haven't established a relationship with a doctor where I live currently, and I'm not sure if an urgent care visit would accomplish much. But if I do go to see a new doctor, why wouldn't I be seeking immediate HIV screening?

My initial symptoms (whatever they may be caused by) diminished after about a week. Now a week later, slightly different symptoms are starting to appear.

I woke up today with unusually dry and itchy skin, my appetite and libido have disappeared again after recovering, I have some difficulty chewing as my teeth start to ache here and there, shooting pains in various extremities are almost constant, and yesterday the lymph nodes under my chin swelled up for the first time.

The most worrying thing I see is that my bottom lip looks like I just got punched, and is getting worse rather than better. Both top and bottom lips look sunken, but the bottom lip has a sort of lesion that heals and then breaks over and over again, although it may have stopped healing entirely at this point, and behind the chapped part there's a sort of smooth puffy/inflamed region that wasn't there a week ago. At several spots around my body I can point to unusual purple coloration (around the foreskin and mouth).

My reason for posting this:

1. I've read that seroconversion symptoms would come all at once and "resolve themselves in 1 to 3 weeks typically" but after resolving, my symptoms are morphing and escalating. I've read some cases where initial screening numbers were very bad for recently infected people, and I'm wondering if I should be doing something other than waiting another 10 days or so. Is there reason to think things could be going downhill quickly?

2. Is there really nothing HIV specific about this? Perhaps I picked up more than one infection, for example HSV as well, from this exposure and that's why my symptoms have morphed?
Off Topic Forum / Re: BT65 (Betty) Resigning as Moderator
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on Today at 08:18:29 AM »
Hi again.
You are in HOOSIER STATE, right?
I visited Columbus IND ten years ago.
The flight from TOKYO was delayed and I finally got to Indianapolis at midnight.
Fun memories.
In Memoriam / Re: Marking the day
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on Today at 08:00:02 AM »
Correction- postings

Off Topic Forum / Re: Look for Bruce....
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on Today at 07:56:44 AM »
Mr. Wiener Dog,

Off Topic Forum / Re: Happy Birthday Jeff G!
« Last post by BT65 on Today at 07:55:13 AM »
I always love to hear I was someone's first!
Off Topic Forum / Re: Look for Bruce....
« Last post by Dachshund on Today at 07:54:15 AM »
The real tragedy is that he came out as a Republican.
Living With HIV / Re: Are there any Aids housing grants?
« Last post by LiveWithIt on Today at 07:54:08 AM »
I got my loan in 2009 and 39,000 was enough to buy a nice 3 bed 2 bath 2 car garage home here in las vegas, nv. in 2013 I got a pre approval again for a loan for 30,000 right before I got sick I was planning on buying a even nicer house but the week I was suppose to put my house on the market I was in the hospital so I didn't move. 30,000 was the minimum they would loan.

I own my house and I wouldn't be able to make it if I didn't. paying rent cost a lot more than a mortgage now a days. you can still buy homes for 40-50 grand in vegas today

When you got your first loan were you still working or did you get it while being low income on SSI/SSD? 

You said you applied at several banks, did your credit take a hit by having so many inquiries on it? 

Did you buy a foreclosure or a regular home?

If there are any questions you don't want to answer here than please PM me.
In Memoriam / Re: Marking the day
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on Today at 07:52:03 AM »
Dear Zach,

You have referred to the loss of your son in your other pistings.
I am sending you my special thoughts and prayers.
I believe you got some toys for your son while here and that he liked them.
Thank you for sharing the story.
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