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Am I Infected? / Re: Reused Syring..
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 08:12:44 AM »
It's a rule of the site for members to always use the same thread. Please use only this thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

If the condom you used had failed you would have known it. It's not about itty bitty little holes when that happens. The whole thing goes and ends up looking like a hoop with strands on the wearer's penis.

You are worrying needlessly.   
Un resultado negativo a 3 meses sera conclusivo y fiable.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Dudas acerca de posibles exposiciones
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 07:56:00 AM »
A casi 6 semanas un resultado negativo es muy bueno. Pero para un resultado conclusivamente tiene que probar a 3 meses. Con su resultado negativo previo es probable sera negativo otra vez a 3 meses.
Am I Infected? / condom breakage gone unnoticed?
« Last post by worried1987 on Today at 07:50:12 AM »
Hello All,

Yesterday I was with a csw. I put on condom. But did not notice if the condom broke..neither she told me about this..

Is it possible that the condom breakage went unnoticed without my notice ? Wouldn't she know having the condom broken and me cumming in her ..?
Thanks Jeff,  can you tell me if the ARS hiv rash occur in 6th week and have only two patches are they itchy because it all started itching but now in third day it is slightly itchy.
Living With HIV / Re: Mini's birthday thread!
« Last post by zach on Today at 05:50:03 AM »
party!! feliz quinceanera. have a wonderful day

When considering meds, you may want to read this:


The comment on maintenance therapies makes a lot of sense and addresses most of the objections to early treatment

Two drug maintenance therapy has shown very good promise in recent investigational studies, particularly those with rilpivirine and either dolutegravir or cabotegravir- these lead to positive expectations of the lamivudine/dolutegravir combo (which is soon to be starting in large clinical trials).

In fact commercial trials for maintenance therapies have already started

These strategies, still under trial, share this common caracteristic: they spare Abacavir/Efavirenz/Tenofovir

The clinical trials can be found here:

The most attractive maintenance strategies all include dolutegravir which may now be available in Australia.
With SWORD1 & 2, the manufacturer is obsiously after a FDA approval.

1 or 2 years of induction tri-therapy, then you can jump on the maintenance train.

In our Hospital jurisdiction, we have ca. 25 % of patients under maintenance regime (16 % are in PI monotherapies, but the alternatives are the fastest gowing segment).

Maintenance therapies are a complete different ballgame and you may want to discuss Dr Young's comments with your doctor.
Living With HIV / Re: Mini's birthday thread!
« Last post by tednlou2 on Today at 01:56:09 AM »
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mini!  Wishing you all the best, in the year ahead.  I also wish mom all the best..lol.  No, from what I hear, it sounds like mom has nothing to worry about.
I was one of those well meaning people Ted is talking about that asked if he had started meds yet. His not answering me was a none of your business signal and that was good enough for me.

I always say that if a person is not ready to start meds and they are not in immanate danger from the virus then there is no use in pushing them to do so. I would rather see a person wait than start and not be adherent .

It wasn't a none of your business thing.  I appreciate that you and everyone cares.  I just wanted to start and then let everyone know I started.  I didn't want to say, "No, I still haven't started." 
« Last post by jcramos21 on Yesterday at 11:58:51 PM »
Gracias por aclarar mis dudas, Señor Andy.

En mi país comúnmente se realiza la prueba rápida que dura de 30 min a 60 min que tan fiable es, o alguna prueba en especifica que me recomiende.
Y otra situación es que en mi país el periodo ventana que se maneja es asta los 3 meses pero puede extenderse a 6 meses, es la información que se maneja en los centros de atención medica y laboratorios. Que opinión tiene al respecto, debe realizarme la prueba 2 veces o con una vez basta.
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