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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newly Diagnosed and Seeking Advice Please?
« Last post by drewm on Today at 11:10:09 AM »
Bramble...welcome to the forums. Sorry you need us but GLAD you found us. It's a lot to take in all at once. Breathe. Try to relax your mind. My advice is this. Listen to your doctor and follow his/her advice. Educate yourself HOWEVER try not to read too much on the internet outside of POZ forums. Why? There is a TON of misinformation out there and information without some perspective can be dangerous.

The folks on this forum represent hundreds, if not thousands, of years of experience. Some are newly diagnosed and some are long time survivors.

Here is what you need to know:

This virus is manageable. It is not a death sentence anymore as long as you pay attention to it and get into treatment at the right time. You and your doctor will have to make the determination as to when that is right. (Many folks will weigh in with opinions, mine is to follow your docs advice.)

"And I've also heard the longer you stay off treatment, the harder it takes for the virus to go undetectable once you start. Can anyone support this?"

Not necessarily true. I was diagnosed with AIDS / PCP Pneumonia - CD4 of EIGHT and VL of 500,000 in 2010. I was UD in five months and CD4s had rebounded to the 300 range. I have been UD and CD's in that same range ever since.

The other thing I will tell you, in my own experience, almost 5 years into this, it's no longer on my mind 24/7. I get my labs done three times a year and see my doc and that's about it. I pay attention to my health more than I used to but life has truly moved on.

 
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I Just Tested Poz / Newly Diagnosed and Seeking Advice Please?
« Last post by bramble on Today at 10:43:52 AM »
Hey all.

Just thought Iíd come in here and introduce myself and seek your humble advice. I am 24 years old male, newly diagnosed (welcome to the club, huh?) just slightly over a month and a half ago. I'd like to think I'm alright mentally, it's sinking in and I'm getting to grips. Iím still rather green into my transition, I tested positive for P24, and I knew it was coming cause I was starting to feel unwell for quite a while now. Iíve been trying to read up as much as I can on this subject to educate myself, and Iíve also gone in to see a doctor. She says I am at the early stages of infection where my viral load is high (around 55k?) and my CD4 is low. (400?) I know I will have to be a slave to medication once I begin starting it so I thought Iíd pop in here and seek your advice. Iím still rather young and I know Iíll start getting wilful and annoyed at the medication pattern if I start immediately. But then again, I'm worried that things might take a turn for the worst one step too fast.

So Iím thinking of waiting it out for as long as I can before starting medication. Iím based in the UK right now, and the baseline here is to normally start AART at CD4 350. What do you guys think? I know itís my decision to make, but I just thought Iíd come in and see if you guys have any stories to share about monitoring viral counts. And I've also heard the longer you stay off treatment, the harder it takes for the virus to go undetectable once you start. Can anyone support this?

Also, Iíve been feeling malaise for quite a bit now, even after my primary seroconversion. Iím just worried that my viral load is manifesting at a rate too fast; or is this normal for beginners even after almost 2 months? Iím due in to see the doctor again in 3 weeks as Iím away right now. Fingers crossed. Iíd love to hear what you guys have to say. Thank you all for your time x Bramble
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Living With HIV / Re: Should We Bareback?
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 10:37:04 AM »
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Living With HIV / Re: PCP
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 10:14:35 AM »
Plan on living like you will live forever . Save money for your old age and treat your body well and you will be just fine .
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Living With HIV / Re: PCP
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 10:12:27 AM »
One thing I can do now is to give my life a two-year increment (conservatively) and extend it if possible at the next stage.
honestly that's 1997 thinking. When I was sick myself back in 1996 with PCP and got out of the hospital, Atripla wasn't even on the market. For over a decade, studies have been showing that people who get onto successful treatment and remain adherent should plan on living a normal lifespan

http://www.aidsmap.com/Many-patients-diagnosed-with-HIV-today-will-have-normal-life-expectancies-European-studies-find/page/1437877/
http://www.poz.com/articles/hiv_life_exectancy_survival_761_14989.shtml
http://www.medpagetoday.com/HIVAIDS/HIVAIDS/10250

this is just a sample, but really, for over a decade now we have known that if someone gets on meds (from nearly any point - early or late diagnosis) and remains adherent and UD, then their lifespan can be as long as someone who does not have HIV. The only people who die early from HIV these days are mostly people that are diagnosed just way too late OR people who have stopped taking their meds. What I'm trying to tell you is that you sure as heck better be planning on more than 2 years!

I used to only have a 3-month plan back in 1996 and boy has that screwed up my life plans. But that was how it was back then. Now, I am working on how to live as long as my 97-yr old grandmother who is still pretty healthy for her age. If you only have a 2-yr plan and are not planning to live until retirement and into your 80s, you may very well not have enough resources when you need them. Instead of a 2-yr plan, you really better be planning on what you'll be doing for a lot longer than that. ;) If LTSs (who had less effective meds for a long time and more issues) have to worry about living to 85 then somebody like you sure better be thinking about living to 85. Thinking and hoping about living only 2 yrs is just short-sighted and not scientifically valid. ;D
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If you were not penetrated, and it sounds as if you were not it was not a risk . If you are not sure you can test for peace of mind at 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results. We can not tell you if you were penetrated and we will not get into how much penis is a risk ... if you have doubts just go test as part of your regular sexual healthcare checkup, for peace of mind . I would think you would know if you were penetrated or not, rubbing or frottage is not a risk .   

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 .

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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Almost 2 months ago, I was in the city and I met up with this guy and he was really nice. We went back to his house and I asked him if he had any STD's and he said no but of course you can't believe anyone! At that moment I was so stupid but I started sucking him off for a few seconds. I didn't think he was fully errected, I bent over and let him slide it in unprotected but I didn't feel any pain or that it went in. I only felt a bit of pressure like something was inbetween both cheeks and that lasted for literally 3-4 seconds until my senses kicked in and I left because I was so embarassed and disgusted in myself!  :-\

When I was walking home I didn't feel any pain or uncomfort. I noticed his penis was actually really short so I don't think it could've even pentrated me or slipped in and reached my rectum if I tried. So I believe this still counts as frottage? Im so nervous because I keep overthinking this situation and I freak myself out.

I'm now experiencing cold symptoms, congestion, cough, and sneezing. I've never had a fever, but I had a small rash on my elbow but I believe when my dog had puppies im allergic to them. I break out and itch all on my arms and they go away within a few days and reoccur sometimes.

But anyways, do you think this warrents testing? 
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Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: An on-going thread
« Last post by Theyer on Today at 09:34:41 AM »
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Santa brought me recurring boughts of liquid diarrhea this year. I must be the only person who can take opioids and still have diarrhea issues.

I'll probably get diaper rash next.
If memory serves me right you are on tiny wee dose that your bowels will laugh at ,
As to forth coming nappy rash I do hope not be generous with the moisturiser. Hope the rest off the stay is tickerty boo .
Michael
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Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: An on-going thread
« Last post by Theyer on Today at 09:28:58 AM »
Darlings hope you all survived the physco drama we call Christmas , I have and at times have been energetic enough to join friends for a good walk , currently in training for a further walk tomorrow. But any holiday that emphasises loved ones is set up to be shall we say  mixed. With our histories is it not my Luvly ones .

Anyway on we go the load somewhat lighten by recourse to this thread all me love
Michael
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Am I Infected? / Re: Am I infected HIV ?
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 09:03:59 AM »
You don't have to worry about whether the condon broke or not, because it would have been very visible to the eye if it had broken.It's not about getting little holes. No, when a condom fails the whole thing goes and it ends up looking like a hoop with strands on your penis.

I don't see any risk for HIV in what you have reported of your activities.

As far as other STDs are concerned, they are much easier to acquire than HIV. So we advise anyone who is sexually active to at least once a year, and every 6 months is even better, to have a full panel of STDs done to make sure you haven't picked anything up. If you have any symptoms that are troubling you, that's something to discuss with your doctor.

Our focus here is strictly on HIV and that is not a problem for you at this point.
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