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Living With HIV / Re: HRA
« Last post by bufguy on Today at 12:31:44 AM »
I got my biopsy results...negative and the lesions they removed were low and medium grade. I go back in 6 months and hoping no new lesions appear.
Positive Women / Re: I am lonely and sad
« Last post by PittGurl on Yesterday at 11:13:53 PM »
Wondering how you are?
Positive Women / Re: My husband lied to me about his 10 yr gay past
« Last post by PittGurl on Yesterday at 11:11:47 PM »
Im so sorry :(  I dont have much suggestion except to go back to dr and let them know. THere are many other options for meds. Im very sorry you were lied to and deceived = ive been there.
Research News & Studies / Gene Study Clears Gaetan Dugas as Patient "Zero"
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 10:55:20 PM »
For those of a certain age (long-term survivors, especially) who may recall "And the Band Played On," the villain, Gaeten Dugas, has been cleared as the infamous Patient "Zero."  This has been in dispute for some time, but here's more evidence:


Estoy infectado? / Condon roto con prostituta
« Last post by Digver on Yesterday at 10:46:22 PM »
Hola Doctor Andy.
Mi caso es el siguiente, tuve relaciones sexuales con una prostituta ella tenia una irritacion anal muy notoria, se me rompio el condon apenas estuvo mi glande unos 2 segundos dentro de ella luego me puso otro condon y terminamos de tener relaciones.
A los 32 dias me realice un elisa de tercera generacion y uno de cuarta tambien (no reactivo)
A los 47 dias uno de cuarta generacion por metodo de quimioluminiscencia (no reactivo)
En su experiencia quisiera saber si ha visto un caso de seroconversion pasada las 6 semanas del riesgo luego de un elisa de cuarta generacion (no reactivo)
He tenido mareos y debilidad en brazos y piernas tal vez por la ansiedad
Quisiera saber si son sintomas del vih
Am I Infected? / Re: Low Risk Exposure / Need Reassurance
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 10:35:48 PM »
Your actions were not a risk for HIV infection.  In addition, you have tested negative 18 weeks post exposure by Oraquick, which is highly reliable.

You have not been diagnosed with oral thrush (you would know if you had thrush:  you would not "think" it might be thrush).

Continue to work with your medical team to determine what issues are causing your tongue problems:  whatever, they are, they are not HIV related.

Am I Infected? / Re: I am positive?
« Last post by ms426 on Yesterday at 10:27:41 PM »
Ok, thank you.
Am I Infected? / Re: I am positive?
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 10:25:23 PM »
Whether PEP extends the testing period is open to discussion, with some experts saying "yes" and others "no."  Addressing about your individual circumstances, you have tested negative for HIV antibodies past the extended window period (28 days, plus three months) that some experts believe may be necessary because of PEP:

See the attached link:


As previously mentioned, seek further guidance on this issue from the health professionals involved with the administration of you PEP.

In any event, you should test again after two more months for your own peace of mind, but your negative results so far are a very good sign.
Am I Infected? / Low Risk Exposure / Need Reassurance
« Last post by randallpink on Yesterday at 10:21:25 PM »
On June 8th 2016 I went to a Vegas strip and made some poor decisions... I had an hour long lap dance that included my hands all over her vagina, her hands down my pants, her sitting on my bare penis with her gstring on (noninsertive and I think the term is frontage) which means her vagina was touching my penis and it ended with a handjob that included some of her spit on my penis. Needless to say I regret it and the next day began some serious genital focused anxiety, my penis hurt for days. I tested negatively for some other STIs that week but over the next month I got it in my head I might have HIV.

In that time I never had a fever, rash or other traditional symptoms but still decided to do an Oraquick home test at 12 weeks which came back negative.  Things were fine and I mostly moved on until 6 weeks later my tongue became numb/tingling and I convinced myself it was thrush.  All research I've done leads me down the road that Healthy people don't get thrush and it's a symptom of HIV so I'm back going down that rabbit hole.  It's been 2 weeks since then and my doctor appointment to see a throaty and mouth specialist is in 2 days, people tell me mouth doesn't look white but I've convinced myself I have thrush. Lastly I just took another Oraquick home test at 18 weeks and the result was negative so that gives me comfort.

I guess my questions are:

- Does my exposure present any risks?
- Are those Oraquick home test results reliable at 12 & 18 weeks?  I hear about 91% reliability on those tests and it scares me, is it correct that only reasons for a false negative would be because of testing too early and user error?  I can't see how I could have messed it up it's so simple so should I feel good at 12 & 18 weeks.
- Lastly has anyone ever heard of tongue issues like that not being thrush?  In the absence of another explanation I've convinced myself that is what it is?  Is thrush very clear?   This isn't like a very white spot in the center of my tongue like thrush on a baby, it does seem more white towards the back but it's more general whiteness accompanied by numbness/tingling/burning. Not sure what to make of it.

Thanks for your help and support.
Am I Infected? / Re: I am positive?
« Last post by ms426 on Yesterday at 10:10:38 PM »
Thank you for your quick response. So in your opinion PEP doesn't extend the time for testing?
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