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Living With HIV / Re: LP recovery time?
« Last post by tryingtostay on Yesterday at 10:29:49 PM »
I am suspecting that's the case, Basquo.  My doctors response is also suspect.  I had the procedure done Friday afternoon.  He asked if I would allow an intern to do it.  I heard him tell the intern to try again, I could semi feel another puncture.  There were two different locations but one of them was punctured more than once and I thought I heard him say to the intern that he was on the "side"  If you are taking a needle and trying to puncture a round tube and you hit it on the side that has a greater chance to make two puncture marks or to make a rip: one point the insert and the other the exit.  I emailed his office around 1:30am Sunday morning, and had to call him later that morning around 6:30 as it was still severe.  I think that was coming close to 48hrs.  My doctor was the doctor on call over the weekend and he told me to take iBprofen 3x a day.  I thought to myself, ? after 48hrs of severe headaches?  It sounds like he is sort of trying to cover for the intern.  I should of known better but I was trying to be a helping person like I've always been.  Thank god for the caffeine therapy.  I don't believe it will stop things but in the mean time I'm going to continue drinking pre-workout drinks to help the headaches.  The question is what do I tell him when he asks me how I am doing?  I think I'll continue the caffeine drink for tomorrow and then stop on Wednesday and see how it is.  The office is suppose to call me tomorrow with some prescription from the local pharmacy.  Anyone ever have a blood patch done?

sorry for the wall of text,

Thanks
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Am I Infected? / Re: Broken Condom incident
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 09:56:40 PM »
Hi

25 days is not conclusive, however I expect that when you test at 6 & 13 weeks it will be the same negative result.

Look back at the thread, you are asking the same question or we have provided you with the same information a number of different ways . I am running out of ways to give you the same information.  ;)

Now calm down, stop googling/stop reading up on this and simple test in 6 & 13 weeks.

Jim
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Living With HIV / Re: LP recovery time?
« Last post by Basquo on Yesterday at 09:25:48 PM »
If you have a severe headache post-LP, especially this far out, you need to seek medical attention. Go to ER; they can fix it with a blood patch. I admire you for sticking it out,but it sounds like you're leaking spinal fluid and you need to get that fixed.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Broken Condom incident
« Last post by extremelyregret on Yesterday at 09:14:52 PM »
Sorry Jim, I didn't mean to be paranoid. I just could not put my mind at ease.

I have one more question. When you said that "You do not expect my negative result (25 days after PEP) to change. Is it mean this test result reliable? Can I trust this test?

Sorry again. I just could not laugh with my parents at all. 
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Por la ultima vez, no tenia un riesgo.  Sexualmente solamente la copula vaginal y anal
sin usando los condones son riesgos confirmados.

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I Just Tested Poz / Re: New to hiv
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 08:25:19 PM »
Why i have read that most hiv patients will get hepatitis or pneumonia or osteoporsis etc...
Read very current things, like this blog, or articles in magazines published now.  You would get hepatitis from contact with that virus and it has nothing to do with you being HIV+ or HIV-.   Pneumonia is a risk if someone is untreated for HIV and loses their immune system. This is not your case.  Osteoporosis - that I can't comment on, but you could ask a doctor about that. I never heard of a link.

The experience of living for a long time with HIV infection is being written now.  people who are in their 60s and have it 30 years are having a DIFFERENT experience than a person getting HIV now and who will live their lifespan in the future.

I told you what my doc said - take the medicine and go about your life as normal. Be ambitious at work and pursue love and save for retirement.
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Living With HIV / Re: LP recovery time?
« Last post by tryingtostay on Yesterday at 06:51:00 PM »
Thanks, Ray.  That is a very smart approach :)  I think it's simple with my case.  As soon as I stand up or am vertical for more than 5 seconds boom it hits me like a ton of bricks.  In my 4th day and still the same..  I've read that caffeine therapy works.  It's suppose to restrict the blood vessels in the body and reduce the headaches.  I've tried it and it does work but it's only temporary so I'm trying not to rely on it, but if it does help mend the issue to get back to normal then tea and coffee it is, lol :P

I read in the one link that one person had this issue for 19 months, WOW!  I could not imagine that.  I'm in my 4th day and I'm starting to see a little depression from being immobile.  I had a family member bring over a sun bathing cot so I can sit out and soak up some vitamin D.  It's amazing what a few minutes will do in the sun!  Makes me worry about winter time though, ugh, hah. 


Thanks all for the support and help.  I'll keep you guys and gals updated :)

Cheers!
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Living With HIV / Re: Are You Ditching Condoms?
« Last post by tednlou2 on Yesterday at 06:13:55 PM »
It is certainly still anxiety-producing right now.  I'm not talking not being able to sleep or anything, but just some concern still.  Like I said before and not to be graphic (but it's necessary to discuss), if I top and especially if ejaculating inside, I can't help but wonder there's some virus there able to infect in a place we know is the best vector of transmission.  I've been getting my viral load checked every 2 months so far.  I believe it's only after 2 years that viral load testing is recommended to be moved to 6 months.  Once viral suppressed, I believe it is 3-4 months, until suppressed for 2 years. 

So despite 100% adherence, I will know whether I was failing a regimen much sooner.  But I believe it is rare to fail a regimen for reasons other than poor adherence.  But, yes, it happens.  We do see people with blips.  I think I've seen some here discuss a blip to 1,000+, but then return to UD.  Am I remembering that correctly?  Or, were those people failing their regimen?  And if not failing, are those blips real and not lab errors?  It spiked for whatever reason and that level (especially over 200) could result in transmission?  We know the vagina is already a better barrier to infection and many study participants were heterosexual.  But, there were many homosexual as well. 

On a side note, it will be interesting to see how these studies affect criminalization.
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Hi

Firstly, sorry to hear that your partner is sick and I wish him well and a speedy recovery.

Now I removed your post from the living with section of the forum, this area is only for people who are living with HIV. Please only post in the sections "Someone I care about" or "off topic" for any non-HIV related matters.

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I don't want to leave him, but I feel betrayed.
Not to be rude, but "no shit" I bet you feel betrayed, i would be livid.

I am really sorry to hear what you going through, the feeling of betrayal, the lies and the deceit. Finding out he was married for all these years, phfff I can't even begin to understand how upset and hurt you must be.

I think, that if you want to stay with him, realistically know that it is not going to be easy to build back up the trust again between you, and it will take time & work to do this.

That said my honest opinion is at the end of the day you should really think about what you want and ultimately choose and do what is right/best for you, whatever that might be. 

Jim.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Confused
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 05:45:49 PM »
You're grand.

Jim
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