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I know you've answered this particular question before but my anxiety is getting the better of me right now. What led me to this website, and reading a lot about this, was an encounter that involved the following with a stripper in Las Vegas, in this sequence:

1. fingering to her vagina,
2. anal fingering,
3. licking the same finger to use my saliva as lube,
4. anal fingering again

From what I've read, I did not have any cuts and there was no copious amounts of bleeding. The room was dark and I could not tell if she was bleeding or not, but it sounds like you need to be gushing blood from the finger for a risk, which i was not.

I've only had sex once in my life, and I got freaked out about stds at that time and I don't think I fall under the sexually active category I do have a girlfriend and have kept from making any physical contact with her while I've been trying to convince myself that I am not at risk. I look forward to your replies. Thank you in advance.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Undetectable.
« Last post by absopozilutely on Today at 10:29:12 AM »
Hi Poppy, I'm on Stribild as well, headaches can be caused by it, but really any side effect is pretty rare now a days. As Ann said talk to the doctor and let them know you're getting headaches, do give your body some time to adjust to the meds, usually a week at most. You keep making comments in your posts about if things are going to be for the rest of your life, etc. look, you're going to have a long, probably happy, life. Your quality of life will probably not differ much from what it is now, other then the fact that we will get old. This isn't what it used to be, just a new chapter of our lives. I look forward to many more years of posting with you!

Am I Infected? / Re: Brief Unprotected Insertive Anal
« Last post by Doctor_love on Today at 10:27:16 AM »
Thanks, Betty.  I now know it's the waiting game; and I agree - unless it's testing together face-to-face, I need to assume someone is positive.  Honestly, though, I NEVER thought someone would lie about that - I truly did trust this person when they said they tested negative at the beginning of the month (only to FINALLY get it out of them last night that they tested Poz).  Bottom line, I have to move forward.

But again, I'm mentally climbing the walls.  I'm just five days post exposure, and I found out he was lying about his status last night - which was too late for PEP.  From reading the posts here, PEP doesn't seem recommended for a condom break / dipping with someone of unknown status.  And, since I only was inside the person without my condom for around 20 seconds (actually, I was probably in them for a shorter period as I counted 20 seconds this morning - it was probably more around 10 to 15) ... it was more akin to dipping.

Obviously, I'm going to continue to work my 12 Step Program, remain sober, and take responsibility.  In addition, I'm going to try and wait this out with courage ... but every time I think I was inside the anus of someone who was recently infected, well, I start losing it a bit.  Any encouragement from Andy or Ann would be appreciated.  Thanks for listening, folks - your responses are greatly valued. :)
Estoy infectado? / Re: DESAHUSIADO
« Last post by jnucho on Today at 10:26:22 AM »
Buen día. Mañana voy por mis resultados. En estos días mis dolores en las articulaciones se han incrementado. He tenido todo los síntomas de primoinfección, la angustia me invade. No se que haré si resulto positivo. Les pido una oración por mi.
-Hi all, I've been co-infected [HIV & HCV] since 1995 and even though my body weight hasn't decreased that much over the years [even when i was doing heroin and smoking like a chimney] my muscle mass has decreased. I lost my job and being really inactive for the past 3 years hasn't help at all.

-For the past 3/4 months I've been trying hard to improve my diet, my overall health and gain a bit of muscle mass. I don't wanna get really buff just improve a little bit.

-My HIV status is UD and HCV/Liver has mild scaring [has been like that for the past 6 years]. Hopefully my Hep.C doctor will start my Hep treatment early next year. New meds makes a cure really promising.

-I've started doing light exercise but I want to step things up a little bit. I've been looking into Whey Protein to help things along. Done a bit a research [here and other sites] and it seems to be the safest option [if you like]. Same articles I've seen in the last few days that suggest Whey Protein actually improves the overall health of HIV and HCV patients.




I'm no expert in any of this .... do you guys think Whey Protein [+ exercise] would help improve my muscle mass ??

I don't wanna take too much of the stuff, maybe 20/30g once a day in a homemade shake. When's the best time to take the protein, morning or after exercises ??

I'd appreciate your input on this.
Thanks in advance.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Undetectable.
« Last post by Ann on Today at 09:53:54 AM »
I'm also only on one med. stribild. Once a day.

You are on FOUR meds a day. Stribild consists of elvitegravir + cobicistat + tenofovir + emtricitabine. You can read about Stribild here.

While it may be Stribild causing your headaches, it is also very possible that it's stress causing them, or a combination of the two. If they continue, talk to your doctor about it. There are other med combos available.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: my Doctor said my test came back positive
« Last post by Ann on Today at 09:49:05 AM »
cfh, you need to get to a doctor or clinic and have confirmatory tests run. Antibody tests need to be confirmed with a test called a Western Blot. If that is also positive, then you do have hiv.

Once it is established whether or not you've had a true or false positive antibody result, then more tests need to be run to determine your viral load (VL) - which shows how much virus is in your blood stream, and you will need to have blood drawn to determine your CD4 count. CD4s are a subset of white blood cells that tell us how our immune system is doing. Many other blood tests will be run as well.

The most important thing for you to do now is to have more blood drawn to confirm your preliminary diagnosis. Get it done ASAP.

Living With HIV / Re: Undetectable! From Irisheyes
« Last post by MadisonTeddy on Today at 09:36:47 AM »
Congratulations and welcome to the club!
I Just Tested Poz / Good CD4 & VL, bad SGPT/SGOT
« Last post by april2014 on Today at 09:30:02 AM »

First post..

Diagnosed early April, and I think I was infected late February.. I had a week of a flu-like illness during the middle of March.

I've been on Atripla since late April. On the plus side the CD4 has gone from 300 to 750 and VL from 1,400,000 to 450. 

My worry is that SGPT/SGOT are now at 800/450. HCV was negative but I reckon it's to do with my drinking - I've almost always had a few drinks every evening for several years - SGPT or SGOT was around 70 in April before starting meds.

Upon the doc's advice, I actually stopped drinking daily towards the end of May, but still had weekly big nights out, including two in a row about seven days before this test. I felt groggy and tired for about four days afterwards; my thinking was that the enzymes would settle sufficiently after a week!

I'll certainly be cutting out the alcohol now, but would a change of meds also be sensible?
Im not really sure how to reply to all the questions. At this point, i feel tired, like i have the flu. And yesterday my sides were hurting. I suppose it could be ISIS. In any case should i just sit tight ?
ojo   Hi, maybe you are nervous because of the treatment, just relax, it takes time to get used to it,,,about your debate taking your meds its either askusting yourself to take them, or prepare for a possible  treatment failure, nobody said that having hiv/aids was going to be easy,,,,good luck, I hope you feel better

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