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Off Topic Forum / Re: Bernie Sanders for President
« Last post by Almost2late on Today at 12:07:43 AM »

Politics and religion are never agreed upon.

And unfortunately they go hand in hand with the republican base :(..

I think this presidential election is looking to be probably crazier than any before.. I really never cared for Trump before this, I mean I didn't even watch his show and would never have thought he could actually be taken serious as a candidate but there he is, the numbers don't lie... or do they?..

I saw a news clip of Trump in Alabama and a guy in the crowd yelled "white power".. Few days back Trump was asked about the two men who beat a hispanic homeless man and then urinated on him, the men said they were driven to do it by Trump's campaign, Trumps response, "people are very passionate".. and all the other garbage he keeps talking about illegals, he's bringing out all this hate and now he's got that cunt Ann Coulter campaigning for him.. This is no longer a circus.. This guy is dangerous..

I think the extremely wealthy are enjoying this shit.. Divide and conquer.
Living With HIV / Re: worried I gave my partner HIV
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 11:48:53 PM »
Hello Purple,

You have not put your partner at risk, either through oral sex or protected intercourse.  The only caution I might offer is, depending upon where you live, to check and see if there are any laws regarding disclosing your status.  You have not done anything that puts him at risk at all.

Specifically, regarding HIV transmission, doesn't stand a chance of happening via female genitals to mouth - there are just too many obstacles on the oral route.

The first obstacle is the mouth itself.  The mouth is a veritable fortress, standing against all sorts of pathogens we come into contact with every minute of our lives. It is a very hostile environment and saliva has been shown to contain over a dozen different proteins and enzymes that damage HIV.

HIV is a very fragile virus - literally.  Its outer surface doesn't take kindly to changes in its preferred environment; slight changes in temperature, moisture content and pH levels all damage the outer surface.  Importantly, it needs this outer surface to be intact before it can latch onto a few, very specific cell types and infect. 

Which leads to the second obstacle. HIV can only latch onto certain types of cells, cells which are not found in abundance in the mouth.

The third obstacle to transmission this way is having HIV present in the first place.  The female secretion where HIV has been shown to be present is the cervicovaginal fluid.  This fluid is actually a thick mucus that covers and protects the cervix.

The fluid a woman produces when sexually excited comes from the Bartholin's glands, located on either side of the vaginal opening.  We have yet to discover one shred of evidence that shows this lubricating fluid to have any more HIV present than other bodily secretions such as saliva, sweat or tears.  Saliva, sweat and tears are NOT infectious fluids.

So there you have it.  Once the results of the serodiscordant studies started rolling in, what we know about HIV transmission on the cellular level was validated.  The only people who were getting infected were those who had unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse.  Period.  One of the three studies went on for ten years and involved hundreds of couples.

I hope this helps and welcome to the forums.


You need to look into the insurance plan you will have in detail.
What is the deductible?  Is there a deductible for meds or labwork?  Then you need to find the drug formulary list and see which tier and copay you will have for your medicines.  While in the U.S. you should be eligible for copay assistance. 

You don't need to disclose you are HIV+, but you do need to understand what will be covered.  If there is an insurance or foreign student advocate, they may be able to help.

I would bring my own meds.  In the case you are questioned, just say they are your prescription medications and you're here for graduate school and don't have insurance yet.  Since they're not controlled medicines, I would not expect a hassle if they look them up. 
Living With HIV / worried I gave my partner HIV
« Last post by purplepozzie on Yesterday at 11:36:06 PM »
Hi. I recently started having a sexual relationship with a long time friend. I was completely honest about being hiv positive. Before we decided to engage in sexual behaviors we talked about it, we also did research together regarding possible risks. First time he went down on me. We did not have vaginal sex. Weeks went by and we had vaginal sex with a condom. I get a text from him the same night we had sex stating that he never told me but he had been feeling sick along wwith numbing and tingling in his hands and feet. I'm terrified that I could have infected him. I'm a long term hiv poz (born positive) and this has never happened before with past partners. I bought him an oraquick test which was negative. He's really angry with me as if I hid this from him him which I did not. Should I be so worried?
Off Topic Forum / Re: Bernie Sanders for President
« Last post by tednlou2 on Yesterday at 11:32:04 PM »
Robby, I hope you didn't view my opinion on Black Lives Matter as an attack.  It's just a difference of opinion. 

As for the Clintons, I have my issues with them, too.  I have discussed his DOMA decision, sentencing decision-- which Hillary supported at the time, and welfare reform.  They have both now said the sentencing policy was wrong.  I do think they seem to often go right to the line of what is legal and what is not.  But, I also know they were under so much attack.  They had repubs saying they had Vince Foster murdered.  Many still believe that.  Hillary was attacked for being too involved and for pushing health reform.  When Clinton left office, they said the Clintons had vandalized the White House.  They said they were stealing White House property.  I don't know what it true and just what has been said so much, that I believe the false things I've heard. 

As for The Cole attack-- That happened at the very end of his term (October 2000), during a presidential election.  He felt it was best to not start a campaign or war, which would be handed off to the new president.  He decided to let the next president make the policy.  And, I think most believe that was appropriate.  There wasn't even enough time before he was out of office (3 months), to even have all the facts.  What seems to be clear is the outgoing Clinton administration told the incoming Bush administration that terrorism and specifically Bin Laden would be their main focus and that a strike on the country was likely.  It was the Bush administration, which never held a single counter-terrorism meeting, prior to 9/11.  It was they, who got rid of Richard Clark, for being "obsessed" with Bin Laden. 

I'm not excited about Hillary.  While I believe the vast majority of their issues are repub driven, I do think they have a lot of self-inflicted wounds, too.  As for Obama, I think he will go down as one of the best presidents.  So much has been accomplished.  He has been a transformative president.  Vice Presidents don't have the best luck running for president.  Bush Sr was elected, because voters wanted a 3rd Reagan term.  I think voters will want a 3rd Obama term and that's why I would rather see Biden.  But, this is all my opinion and others here can reply why they disagree or say what I said that is incorrect. 

Off Topic Forum / Re: Bernie Sanders for President
« Last post by bubba53 on Yesterday at 11:11:04 PM »

Politics and religion are never agreed upon.
I still think there will be more hats thrown in the Dems ring side .
I would love to see a fresh face, and I really hope it happens.
I lived through the Reagan and bush administrations , no picnic . Reaganomics,
11% interest rate on my first mortgage in the 80s !!  and he had plenty more bad ideas that never came to pass ....thank you Jebus  ! But if these are the Democrats
we have to choose from we have rally around who ever is chosen our party leader.
I can't imagine another Republican administration .

Off Topic Forum / Re: Bernie Sanders for President
« Last post by bocker3 on Yesterday at 10:23:58 PM »
Robby - my post wasn't meant to shut you down -- it was meant to try and get you to explain what about Bernie resonated with you.  Instead of just bashing those you don't want to vote for, it can be helpful to others to understand why you ARE voting for someone.

Political discussion, by their very nature, will bring people in who have differing thoughts and views.  I am interested in hearing those -- they help me see things from a different POV.  I like to give mine in hopes that others can see things from a different POV.  It doesn't mean you will change my mind or I, yours, but it is always better to understand.  Disagreeing doesn't make people enemies -- it just shows how different life experiences can make people see things differently.  I don't pretend to be "right", nor do I assume anyone else is "wrong.  It's about discussion and learning.

Unfortunately, political discussion often end up with folks leaving in a huff because someone didn't agree with them -- it's actually why Washington is in such a mess right now.  We've stopped being able to listen, hear and understand (not necessarily change minds, but understand).  If you aren't willing to accept that others will not agree with you without feeling victimized, then political discussions aren't a great place to be.

I hope you reconsider, but that is up to you.

Am I Infected? / Re: Should I consider PEP?
« Last post by wm8484 on Yesterday at 09:58:45 PM »
Right on, Thank you Joe for the quick response :)
Living With HIV / Re: International gay HIV Positive wants to come study in US.
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 09:52:54 PM »
Hey Jackiboy,

I moved your thread to the Living With HIV forum, where it will get a lot more attention than in the Insurance Benefits Forum.

Welcome to the forums.

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