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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: Advice needed: neg guy dating a pos guy
« Last post by mecch on Today at 03:42:21 AM »
Hello.

What country are you in? In many countries when a person get diagnosed and starts treatment, there are follow up tests more frequently than you have reported for your friend. 8 months?

I was tested every 4 months my first year. on treatment.


So anyway, sure, when he gets the undetectable result, that will calm your worry a bit.

Keep this in mind.  I had HIV+ boyfriends when I was HIV- and 2 were before there was treatment and HIV infection meant death.  I used condoms and continued in the relationships without getting infected, but its not like the worry could every evaporate 100%.  I think I had more "will" when I was young.

All you are going to get is the science proof that if your partner is undetectable and you use condoms, that is 2, count em 2, reassurances that you are not going to get HIV from him.  So try it with that reassurance.  If you STILL have too much anxiety, then you have to cross that bridge - figure out how to manage your anxiety, or break up.
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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Advice needed: neg guy dating a pos guy
« Last post by Ferzoas on Today at 01:44:27 AM »
So... I know this topic has been discussed quite a lot but I'd really like advice on the matter.

I met this guy a few months ago and we've been dating for a month or so. Last week he disclosed his HIV status (+) to me and we discussed it. He was diagnosed recently (less than 8 months ago apparently, can`t recall the exact date) and has been taking his meds, however he is still to be tested to see if his treatment is working so I don't know his VL, CD4 etc. Being a former med student I'm quite educated in the clinical aspect of HIV/AIDS and I know the almost negligible risk of getting infected by him if he has an undetectable VL and we have safe sex. However, I still have this nagging fear.

I want to be with him, he lights up my world and I haven't felt anything like this in ages. Is there any advice you could give me on how to shake off this feeling?
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indianguy1984:  sorry to hear about your friend.  I wish him the best.  He may well recover, depending on the facts of his health.  Today's (anti-HIV) drugs are miraculous, no matter how ill someone may be because of HIV infection.

No, you are not "screwed."  Today's medications have long half-lives, so missing a dose every once in a while will not be a problem.  Just don't make anything near a habit of missing doses.  Just take your next dose as you normally would and you should be fine.

You may also wish to consider avoiding GHB and meth in the future, for a number of health-related reasons, including the fact that taking them evidently contributes to your forgetting to take your life-sustaining medications.

Good luck to you.
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Hi

Really sorry to hear about your friend.
To answer the question, No your not screwed from just missing once off a dose of your meds.

Take it easy and look after yourself.

Jim


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I Just Tested Poz / Re: So, I have HIV and i have some questions
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 11:23:27 PM »
Starfox:  Your CD4 count is very good, so you shouldn't worry about any opportunistic infections.  In fact, you likely won't even need to worry about your CD4 counts at all:  the count is that high.

Now, you'll just need to focus on getting your viral load down to undetectable, from whatever it is now.  That will happen fairly quickly, once you are on anti-retroviral meds.

Once you have an undetectable viral load, your CD4 count will probably rise more, but don't be surprised if your doctor doesn't even order a CD4 count on your next blood test (because your current count is so good).  It's your viral load that matters more now.  Your short term goal is to get  to "undetectable."

You are in good shape.  Take your meds and live a long, healthy, and fitful life!
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I flew to Indonesia to meet a friend I knew for 5 years. He didn't tell me he was HIV positive and I kept telling him that I would care for him no matter what. 1 week ago I got a call saying he can't walk or speak or see.

I flew in there to a small village and he definitely has AIDS - did a HIV test and it was positive. Spoke to the family and told them to get him to a hospital and gave them money.

That scene really affected me and I did something stupid to myself. I got high and took GHB and meth. I am supposed to be on 1 tab raltegravir twice a day and 1 tab truvada once a day.

I missed one day worth of medicine. Am I screwed? My VL is undetectable and I have been on ART since 2013.
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: Duda con enfermedades relacionadas a VIH
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 09:30:10 PM »
Y tu estado actual como es? Todo bien?
Si aún seguimos juntos, la única medición que recuerdo  es su CD4 en 32, la carga viral no la tengo presente. Si perdió peso durante el periodo que estuvo con la neumonía, pero ya lo recuperó y está como cuando nos conocimos.
Al medico lo visitó cada 2 meses y exámenes solo he tenido 2, en septiembre será el próximo.
Donde vives tú que recibes el medicamento por correo, eso es una opción muy buena.
Que recomendación puedes dar para sentirte mejor con todo esto, además de ser pensar positivamente ?  No se, algún alimento, vitaminas, etc.

Saludos y un abrazo.

         OJO       HOLA OTRA VEZ...MI SALUD ACTUALMENTE ES BUENA, AUNQUE, COMO TE DIJE ANTERIORMENTE, CREO, VIVE CINCO ANOS CON SIDA Y TUVE MUCHAS INFECCIONES OPORTUNISTICAS Y TOME MEDICAMENTOS QUE ERAN MUY TOXICOS, TE ESTOY HABLANDO DE EL 1994...PERO AHORA, EN LOS ULTIMOS NUEVE ANOS CON EL MISMO TRATAMIENTO, MIS CD4=619, CD4%=27 Y SIGO INDETECTABLE, NO ME PUEDO QUEJAR,

ACERCA DE TU PAREJA, A PROPOSITO, ME DA GUSTO QUE SIGAN JUNTOS Y SE APOYEN...COMO TE DECIA, TU PAREJA, CON ESOS NUMEROS TAN BAJOS, TIENE QUE TENER MUCHO CUIDADO CON LO QUE COME Y DONDE COME, HIGIENE ANTE TODO, LAVARSE LAS MANOS AYUDA....NO LE DIERON MEDICAMENTOS PARA PREVENIR INFECCIONES?, COMO BACTRIM O AYTROMICINA?, ESTOS DOS ANTIBIOTICOS AYUDAN A PREVENIR OTRO EPISODIO DE PULMONIA (BACTRIM-TRIMETROPINE), Y EL OTRO PREVIENE MAC, OTRZ INVD ION OPOTYUNIDTIVS (NOME SUENA BIEN OPORTUNISTICA, ES CORRECTO?)...ACERCA DE QUE RECOMIENDO A PARTE DE MUCHA BUENA ACTITUD Y ENERGIA, MANTENERTE ACTIVO, EJERCICIO, COMER BIEN, SI COMES BIEN Y COMBINADO, NO NECESITARAS VITAMINAS, NORMALMENTE YO NO TOMO NADA PARA QUE NO INTERFIERA CON MIS MEDICAMENTOS (SUPLEMENTOS)...CREO QUE UNA ACTITUD POSITIVA SIEMPRE AYUDA...ADEMAS, PUEDEN HABLAR CON SUS AMIGOS ACERCA DE HACERSE LA PRUEBA DE EL VIH, AUNQUE NO QUIERAN QUE SE ENTEREN DE QUE USTEDES SON POSITIVOS, HABLEN ACERCA DE EL VIH, IGNORARLO PUEDE COSTARLES LA VIDA, ADEMAS, SE SENTIRAN BIEN TRATANDO DE AYUDAR GENTE

YO SOY MEXICANO, PERO AHORA VIVO EN LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS, MI SEGURO REQUIERE QUE RECIBA MIS MEDICAMENTOS VIA CORREO, TOMO CUATRO DIFERENTES MEDICAMENTOS, DOS VECES AL DIA, LOS ENVIDIO, USTEDES TOMAN SOLO UNA, GRRRR...ABRAZOS Y SUERTE, AQUI ESTAMOS PARA APOYARLOS
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Porfavor no logro dormir tengo riesgo? Ayuda
« Last post by Gilfredian on Yesterday at 09:22:46 PM »
Gracias Andy por su rapida respuesta. Solo quiero preguntarle
Si mientras el me estaba frotando con su pene en mi trasero y ese breve momento q senti presion que su pene iba a penetrar ( osea q en ese momento su pene pudo haber tocado adentro de mi ano) y yo lo retire es posible q en ese momento liquido preseminal se haya adentrado en mi ano??? Y segun entendi del post anterior la cortada en mi trasero no lleva riesgo. Y por ultimo una pregunta q no e visto respuesta..  al estar el pene de el cubierto de saliva porque yo recein  le habia dado oral el liquido preseminal hubiera tenido menos riesgo de transmision. Mi unico miedo es liquido preseminal xq el no eyaculo. Gracias de nuevo y estas son mis unicas dudas.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Porfavor no logro dormir tengo riesgo? Ayuda
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 08:57:59 PM »
Sexualmente solamente l copula vaginal y anal son riesgos confirmados por el VIH.

Frotando un pene a su ano no es el mismo como penetracion/copula.  Cuando darlando sexo oral su saliva tiene mas que doce elementos y proteinas cuales son muy efectivo contra la transmicion del VIH fiable.

No puedo ver ningun riesgo verdadero en su cuenta y no tiene que probar.  Adelante con su vida normal.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: So, I have HIV and i have some questions
« Last post by gorka on Yesterday at 08:45:30 PM »
I am in trial for bictegravir vs Triumeq and went undetectable win 4 weeks after starting taking meds.  Not sure what I am taking at this point and my viral load was low to beging with.  But based on my Dr's feedback everyone in this study is doing really well on either drug and follow ups and meds are free
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