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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just tested for pos
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:38:28 PM »
So yeah, I just tested positive for HIV. I don't really know how to cope with the news actually. I seem so calm which seems strange to people. I've even started a blog to jot down my feelings and thoughts (as suggested by my close friend). I guess I am still in a daze and trying to find support in some shape or form.

Little intro, I'm 26 this year from Sydney. Kinda felt that I have screwed up my life.

Is feeling calm normal?

          OJO       HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE CLUB WHERE YOU WILL FIND SUPPORT AND ONFO.

1994 I GOT MY DX AND I WAS IN THE ICU NOT KNOWING IF I WAS GOING TO MAKE IT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, AND GUESS WHAT?, I WAS CALM.
1995 I STARTED TREATMENT AND I WAS TOLD I WOULD LIVE TWO MORE YEARS, AND I WAS CALM
22 YEARS LATER, I'M STILL CALM
I GUESS AND I HOPE, YOU KEEP CALM, YOU WILL BE OK, IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW YOU WANT TO KEEP LIVING, CALM AND HAPPY, OR DEPRESS AND UNHAPPY...LIFE GOES ON, EVEN WITH AN HIV DIAGNOSIS, DO NOT GET ME WRONG, WE ALL ARE ALLOW TO FEEL SAD, ANGRY, ETC, BUT AFTER YOU FEEL  HAVE GOTTEN RID OF YOUR FRUSTRATION, CALMNESS WILL COME BACK TO YOU

I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE SCREWED YOUR LIFE, IT'S ALL DEPENDS HOW YOU SEE A GLASS OF WATER, HALF  FULL OR HALF EMPTY...WISHING YOU THE BEST AND PLEASE KEEP US POSTED...HUGS                        OJO

PS WATCH OUT WHO YOU DISCLOSE YOUR STATUS TO, WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE DIGGESTED BETTER THE "NEWS"
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Am I Infected? / Re: Oral and Rimming
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 06:26:01 PM »
I'm just incredibly worried because then I keep reading about other freak factors that can increase transmission, like brushing your teeth before giving head (which I did).

Yeah ... If you brushed your teeth with a metal wire brush or a axle grinder it would.
I recommend a normal toothbrush and unless your actively bleeding  (Who engages in oral with blood pissing out of there face anyway?) than it did not create any risk or concern that stands out.

In short move on stop reading crap online it will rot your brain and test yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV

Jim
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Am I Infected? / Re: Oral and Rimming
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 06:09:41 PM »
Hi

Receiving oral sex is not a HIV risk, firstly saliva is not infectious, it is also hostile towards HIV and contains over a dozen elements that neutralize it.

To add there hasn’t been a single documented case of HIV transmission to an insertive partner. You will not be the first. On that same note for example giving or receiving cunnilingus or anilingus (Rimming) also carries no risk for HIV transmission.

As for giving a blow job again saliva contains over a dozen elements that neutralize HIV so if this was your only concern test as you normally would at least yearly for STI's and HIV however no need to worry or to panic and no need to rush out and test.
 
Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will be deleted.
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Am I Infected? / Oral and Rimming
« Last post by sssimba123 on Yesterday at 06:01:40 PM »
Hi,
I feel incredibly redundant posting this as so many people often post about oral sex, but I really need to get some peace of mind (I'm going to get tested in a few days anyway, which will be at an 'over three week' mark since my possible exposure)

I had oral sex three weeks ago with a guy, and I currently have flu like symptoms and fatigue which keep sticking around. He gave me head, I didn't ejaculate, and I gave him head and he didn't ejaculate in my mouth either. However I'm fairly sure he already had precum on his penis before I gave him head.
He also rimmed me, and I have had hemorrhoids in the past, as well as genital herpes (although since my first outbreak I've never had the rashes again).
He assures me he has no STDs but has also never been tested. He's only had 'consultations' assuring him he doesn't have anything.

Like I say, I've read so many posts all over the internet and on this site relating to HIV transmission and oral sex, so I'm fairly sure I know what the response will be, but I just need some response to my particular case.

I'm just incredibly worried because then I keep reading about other freak factors that can increase transmission, like brushing your teeth before giving head (which I did).

Thanks in advance for the replies. You guys do a great job here.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Really worried
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 04:57:56 PM »
Hi

You had no risk from this as it was protected sex.
Move on with your life and test as you normally would

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will be deleted.
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Am I Infected? / Really worried
« Last post by Anu001 on Yesterday at 04:53:10 PM »

Hello moderators
I had a protected anal sex with a prostitute that lasted for 15 seconds or so (don't judge me 😄 ). After my mistake all bad thoughts came to my mind and I am really worried. Last time i got tested as part of my routine check up was 9 months ago. How much risk am I on and does the duration of the sex matter for risk assessment? We used lubricant and as far as i can tell there was no trauma or condome breakage or slipage.
Thank you
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Off Topic Forum / Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Last post by J.R.E. on Yesterday at 04:21:13 PM »
Hi Mike,...

Wishing the both of you, happiness, peace, love,  and good times for many years to come !!

Ray and Ed   8)
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just tested for pos
« Last post by giomanach on Yesterday at 03:45:47 PM »
Sure and why would you not be calm? Some people go to bits, others cry and some are calm, in short everyone reacts different and so there is no "normal" reaction.

But calm is okay, might be it will sink in later on and if that happens just keep in mind life with HIV means your life will go on as relatively normal to you. Changes very little other than taking a pill a day, so paying the bills, going to work, having kids or not, getting married or not, credit card worries and planning for a piss poor retirement just like the rest of the population, all this wonderful stuff in life will happen as it did before.

Thanks Jim. Yeah, I guess so. Just gotta wait and see what happens next.

Hi Gio
There are a few services you can access in Sydney
I've found Albion Street to be a very good one stop shop, clinic, pharmacy, nutritionist, psychology/ counselling services and Ankali buddy system.
Other services that are pretty good are Positive Central (Redfern St in Redfern) and acon ( Elizabeth St in Surry Hills).

Don't know why you think you have screwed up your life, this is just the start of a new chapter.

I was 23 when I received my diagnosis, I'm 54 now and in good health. HIV is just such a non event these days if you take your pill.
Hugs to you.


Thanks bud. Will definitely suss out those suggestions in Syd.
I don't know, it certainly doesn't feel much different apart from the fact that I am diagnosed. Might take time to be convinced myself.

Hi Gio,
Welcome to the forums, I have been taking Genvoya for over a year now.
Never a single side affect and is working GREAT  :) just remember to take it with food.

Best, Wade

Cheers Wade. Yeah, I learnt it the hard way of not taking it with food. Lesson learnt now.
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: 5 Weeks into Stribild
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 03:21:14 PM »
HI

Stop self diagnosing things as side effects, instead see a doctor.
meningitis from tinnitus caused by atribild ... hmm

Yeah no man, I mean it stop reading the possible side effects,  and instead do what you need to be doing. Two things you can do.

1st go see a GP - There are plenty of walk-in ones including one on Dame street that is open on Sundays. The GP is your first line care and having HIV did not change this.

2nd go to the matter hospital to the front desk (Unit 6) on Monday am and see if they have a slot for you this Friday. Bring the appointment card with you.

Jim

Oh and here is the link to the patient information on Stribild, please don't post pictures from some unknown source. http://www.gilead.com/~/media/Files/pdfs/medicines/hiv/stribild/stribild_patient_pi.pdf
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Am I Infected? / Re: Pretty scared
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 03:08:08 PM »
Hi

It was a risk, unprotected intercourse is a risk however looking for statistics are not gong to help, it ether was or was not a risk and in this case it was.

You started PEP and that has an excellent track record, so finish the PEP course and than test at 6 weeks and 13 weeks post PEP. In the meantime focus on going on with your life as normal.

. I asked him if he was clean and he said yes, im in perfect health.

I am living with HIV and if you asked me this I would have also given you the same answer, as I also wash and look after myself.

 Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will be deleted.
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