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I finally spoke with someone today. I was informed that due to the fact that I'm on an employer sponsored group policy and my premiums were payroll deducted that they did not have a way to assist with premiums. They can reimburse anyone for premiums. My only option would be to choose not to elect for insurance through work during the next open enrollment and to go with an aca plan.

Not good news because now I'm paying for a plan that I really can't afford. Live and learn I suppose.
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Off Topic Forum / Re: To the land of the Irish
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 11:11:21 PM »
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Complera and Hypersomnia ?
« Last post by mleatherboy on Yesterday at 10:59:45 PM »
I'm not really sure if I have a right to respond since I've just started taking it. When I first started taking it a month or so ago I had major sleep issues. I couldn't sleep at night or sometimes I'd just feel so damned fatigued and tired out of the blue. That happened tonight even. I went on and off it a few weeks ago and that messed things up but now I'm back to taking it regular. My doctor told me when I asked about about Complera and fatigue/insomnia that it's unrelated. It's not one of the side effects or at least not one that she hears about.

I was told the reason was stress or something else unrelated to the medicine. You said that you used to feel more tired after you took it before. Maybe just the change and stress of starting meds and taking them. I'm not sure why it would have gotten worse though. I was also told it's not supposed to affect you're liver like some of the others do. I hope that one is true at least. Best answer I can give with what little experience I have, hope it helps.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Oral sex 8 weeks ago
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:45:42 PM »
You can't get HIV from getting a BJ ... the theocratical risk for oral exposure comes from GIVING a blow job and not getting one . If this is your only concern you are conclusively HIV negative .

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI.Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Ferguson MO
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 10:42:09 PM »
Crawford killing is a grisly tale and not many are talking about it:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/john-crawford-iii_n_5669715.html



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Off Topic Forum / Re: To the land of the Irish
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 10:38:34 PM »
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks"   ;)

Figured you both were playing us but just checking... considering my age.... I get these things wrong...

xox emoticom emoticom and several random punctuation marks just for Abso  ::)
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: + I messed up my life.
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 10:34:04 PM »
I am cursed from a witch.
This punishment is too much although I did make many mistakes and sometimes did bad things to other folks previously. It is too much.
God please forgive me.

Is this hyperbole, metaphor? Or do you believe in witches, witchcraft, etc?  Honest question...

Do you think you could explain a bit - what bad thing did you do - and hiv is a punishment.

I realise its a common enough world view that people see illness and disease as a punishment for sins.. 

1) Is sickness a punishment from God?

2) Can evil on earth, such as witches or sorcerers, inflict sickness?

I don't know the answers, only my own truth which is the answer is no and no.

I guess I am more intellectual and scientific than spiritual.  I suspect these two questions 1, 2, are asked out of psychology and biology, more than some spiritual or religious wisdom/dictate/belief.  Even though they ARE questions using religion and spirit, these are just vessels, in my opinion for something that is based in biology (survival instinct?) and psychology... 

The best essay that I know about using illness as a metaphor for sin is obviously Illness as Metaphor:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illness_as_Metaphor

Illness as Metaphor is a nonfiction work written by Susan Sontag and published in 1978. She challenged the "blame the victim" mentality behind the language society often uses to describe diseases and those who suffer from them.

Drawing out the similarities between public perspectives on cancer (the paradigmatic disease of the 20th century before the appearance of AIDS), and tuberculosis (the symbolic illness of the 19th century), Sontag shows that both diseases were associated with personal psychological traits. In particular, she says that the metaphors and terms used to describe both syndromes lead to an association between repressed passion and the physical disease itself. She notes the peculiar reversal that "With the modern diseases (once TB, now cancer), the romantic idea that the disease expresses the character is invariably extended to assert that the character causes the disease–because it has not expressed itself. Passion moves inward, striking and blighting the deepest cellular recesses."


Sontag went on to write AIDS and its Metaphors:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDS_and_Its_Metaphors

And I highly suggest it.  At least, give the wiki article a read.

_____

You got to find an escape hatch from this AIDS prison cell your mind has built...
You may not be able to marry the woman you have in mind now, it depends on whether she loves you and can deal with HIV, or not.  Thats her deal, though, not yours.  If she is not for you, there will be another.

There are plenty of sero-discordant marriages out there. WITH CHILDREN. 
You have built a PRISON around yourself, but it is false, not a reflection of the reality.
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Am I Infected? / Oral sex 8 weeks ago
« Last post by Diezmio87 on Yesterday at 10:26:12 PM »
So almost 8 weeks ago (8 weeks on Friday). I got oral sex from a girl who may or may not have hiv. She claims she is clean but anxiety had been more than kicking my butt these last few weeks. I'm unsure if she had any blood in her mouth but after I did not see any blood on my penis nor did I have any open wounds or sores as I have never had an std. After a week I got a sore throat and then almost at the 3 week mark about 17-18 days I had a dna test done and an antibodies test with a full 8 panel std check and all was negative. I felt better but that same day I experienced body aches and they still have yet to leave me and the sore throat has become more of an uncomfortable tight feeling feeling accompanied by trouble swallowing. I have a girlfriend and a son and son I confessed to her my mistake and told her if she would forgive me I would marry her, and so I asked her to marry me a few weeks later at Disneyland and she said yes! But I still have incredible guilt that I could have hiv and may have passed it to her the one time we had sex a week after I received oral from the girl, she hasn't really shown symptoms except at the 5 week mark she got a cold with a bad cough that took about two weeks to go away and the cough still is here or there with her. Anyways enough rambling I got an rna test at 5 weeks and it was also negative and a western blot test at 7 weeks which was negative. Now I have been doing too much internet research and discovered the other less common strand of hiv and I am scared I have been testing for the wrong one! The girls boyfriend is in the navy and is often dispatched over seas so I am scared he may have contracted some sort of exotic form of the disease or something and now my anxiety is out of control. My new symptom is nausea and just an overall feeling of impending doom that won't go away, please please help me and tell me if I should get tested more or if I'm okay and this is all just a bad case of hiv anxiety! Help! Thank you so much also I forgot to mention I quit smoking weeding after 10 years of constant every day abuse (like 7-8 times a day) and hopefully that is a reason for some of what I'm feeling I also quit drinking and I started going back to church to try and really fix my life, it's been more of a blessing than a curse I just hope it doesn't End with with me being virally enhanced, no offense to anyone who is I have respect for the fight that you go through every day I just want to be healthy enough to see my son grow up onto a better man than I. If I end up being okay I promise to run a marathon for hiv!
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Living With HIV / Re: Dammit doc, listen to ME!
« Last post by Irish Eyes on Yesterday at 10:14:50 PM »


Did you feel any relief on your great weekend trip to the desert?


^^^

you need sexual healing.

Abso, they're on to you. (Sorry) lol
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Am I Infected? / Re: Performed oral 6 days ago... Freaked
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 09:50:33 PM »
The risk of oral transmission of HIV is from giving oral to a man who has a high HIV viral load while you suffer significant open wounds in your mouth . Oral transmission is so rare its only been documented a few times in over 30 years . You did not have a risk for HIV in this instance so if you do decide to to test do so for peace of mind only . Your symptoms have nothing to do with HIV so if you are sick go see your doctor and find out why . We do not discuss symptoms .

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI.Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!
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