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Am I Infected? / Re: Input needed please
« Last post by Wade on Today at 11:57:24 AM »
Hi ,
Rubbing is not risk for HIV...Period
The irritated skin your worried about makes no difference, if these are your only concerns it is safe to move on.

Best, Wade

To avoid infection,
You need to be using condoms for all anal and vaginal intercourse until you are in a trusting monogamous relationship and both have been tested for all STIs and HIV.
Everyone who is sexually active should have an annual exam and test for all STIs and HIV ,and always after unprotected intercourse. Always using condoms will give you peace of mind your tests will return with a negative result.
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Living With HIV / Re: 28.th day results
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 11:54:43 AM »
28 days and nearly UD.

You should be celebrating this is excellent result, just 28 days of treatment and such great results.  Now or very soon when you reach UD, maybe your CD4's might go up further but don't worry. Look the goal is suppress the virus and you on target to reach that goal so keep it up, keep taking your meds.   Don't worry about the CD4's as worrying about them will not help as its not something you can change. 440 is outside of any major concern so big sigh of relief and continue taking the meds.

;-)

Jim
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Am I Infected? / Input needed please
« Last post by Pilot1988 on Today at 11:52:42 AM »
My boyfriend is HIV positive and I am HIV negative.  This past weekend, he was rubbing his erect penis back & forth in between my butt cheeks.  There was no anal penetration – just a type of grinding; is the best way I can describe it.  Shortly before he ejaculated in that area, I felt a slight burning sensation and this is the same area where his small pool of semen had collected.  When I wiped away the semen and lube, and then pressed the cleaning cloth on that irritated part of my skin, I noticed a very small amount of blood on the cloth.  Obviously I panicked and regret his non-use of a condom (lesson learned forever).  He had no open sores or signs of bleeding on his penis.  The blood came from the irritated part of my skin.  I have heard that HIV dies the moment it comes into contact with air – but what about while it’s still within the fresh semen outside the body?  How long does it survive?  So my real concerning question is this:  Is this scenario a possible source of HIV infection for me?  He is on Complera, in excellent health, has an “undetectable” viral status, and his HIV blood stats are very good – those of which are compared almost equally to that of a non-infected person.
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Am I Infected? / Re: just did it
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 11:42:47 AM »
Look I can't really comment on what someone else said or emailed you, we advised you of the standard guidelines to test post PEP.

Its up to you to test or not.

Kind regards

Jim
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Living With HIV / 28.th day results
« Last post by Matland on Today at 11:42:25 AM »
Hello everyone

Today my doctor called me. And he reported the 28th day results. At the beginning my VL was 670.000 now it is 76 but it is still not undetectable. My Cd4 level was 385 after one week it was 440 now 443. Isnt it A bit weird? İt is progressing slower then i expect. Especially when i compare it to the first week. I was caught by flu and i gave my blood during this time. Do you think it affects my Cd4 level? By the way i am on stribild.
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Am I Infected? / Re: just did it
« Last post by notnow on Today at 11:32:42 AM »
after the 4th generation ag/ab test 5 days after finishing pep, they told me that i don't have to come back, which i was confused since reading on line they always say at least 1 month after pep and 3 months after pep, so i emailed the dr and got this below as a reply, anyone care to reply.


The test at the end of the month of meds should detect either the HIV antigen or antibody at even a low level if an actual infection of your T-cells occurred.  As an added precaution, you might want to check another rapid finger stick test in a month or two, as we used to do before the new HIV testing became available.
 
David W. Lyter, MD, MPH
Medical Director
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Am I Infected? / Re: Worried after condom slipped off
« Last post by Wade on Today at 11:01:00 AM »
Hi,
Some tests do have shorter window periods, that said your negative result is good news. As Jim has advised guidelines are at 6 weeks past exposure and a negative result will rarely change after that.
It is still recommended to test again at 13 to confirm your result.
Your symptoms have nothing to do with HIV so see your doctor if you are sick.

Best, Wade
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Am I Infected? / Re: Worried after condom slipped off
« Last post by tooanxiouspica on Today at 10:46:15 AM »
Hi,

I tested negative at 26 days past exposure using the 4th generation test.

I still do have some muscle pain, sore throat and low-degree fever(<38 degrees Celsius, about 100 degrees Fahrenheit), along with some vomiting for one night, so I am still somewhat concerned that this may be a false negative because of the window period. But again, I might simply have caught a consecutive cold because of all the stress.

Do you think my concerns are unwarranted, or do I have a legitimate reason to be concerned?

Thanks a lot!
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Cialis has been great but about out now what
« Last post by zach on Today at 10:17:08 AM »
armando, prolife advice... thank you sir!

mecch, i'm following along on that as well, i'll try to do the free trial card for cialis first and exhaust that... then see about off label use of sildiwhatever 
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Hi ,
Unprotected intercourse was risk for HIV and you will need to test.
Guidelines are to test at 6 weeks past exposure and again at 13 weeks
to confirm your result.  Your rashes and symptoms are not specific to HIV and we do not discuss them so please see a doctor.

Best, Wade

To avoid infection,
You need to be using condoms for all anal and vaginal intercourse until you are in a trusting monogamous relationship and both have been tested for all STIs and HIV.
Everyone who is sexually active should have an annual exam and test for all STIs and HIV ,and always after unprotected intercourse. Always using condoms will give you peace of mind your tests will return with a negative result.
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