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Off Topic Forum / Re: sweet home alabama!!
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on Today at 12:57:52 AM »

Wakatta !  Arigato .
I love grits and gravy, too.
I read a post on the Living with HIV thread from a guy who has been diagnosed with KS.  His numbers look good, not sure when or if he is on antiretrovirals.  Another member posted they know another person who has KS. Wondering if anyone has any more information on this.  I have not had KS but have had my share of skin problems, some of which my Derm said are definitely HIV related.  Just hoping KS is  not something more I have to worry about.
Am I Infected? / Re: Infection Risk: Massage Parlour
« Last post by HailMary1234 on Today at 12:06:41 AM »
Hi Joe,
Apologies for repeat questions.  Categorically can HIV transmission occur

a) between male and female adults, when male is fingering vagina....
b) adult male has taken nipple in mouth and bitten down on it
c) non sexual transmission outside body....hand touches infected genital then touches non infected

Is insertive vaginal/ anal sex and drug use sharing of needles only way adult HIV is transmitted?

Does the mother to child breast feeding cause ....apply to adults?
(sincerest apologies, as anxiety getting better of me)
Off Topic Forum / Re: Look for Bruce....
« Last post by tednlou2 on Yesterday at 11:57:57 PM »
I forgot one of the big takeaways for me, while watching.  They featured Christine Jorgensen.  I had heard of her, but just that.  I was amazed how she was George in the military and then had sex reassignment surgery.  This was the early 50's.  I had no idea those surgeries were being done then, but they actually go back a few decades before that. 

The big thing that surprised me was how she was given police escort and met with awaiting reporters, at the airport.  This was 1952.  I would have never thought this would have even been mentioned in media.  It just wasn't the reception I would imagine she would have received back then.  I pictured people holding pitch forks.  Lucy couldn't use the word, "pregnant," in 1952.  Anyway, she was brave.  I was just so impressed.  I was impressed with how the reporters talked to her, like it was no big deal.  I don't know much about the rest of her story and I'm sure she faced many challenges and this was just some anomaly.  It is just a short clip, after all. 


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Forums Gatherings / Re: Meet and Greet/ Memorial Servise
« Last post by bocker3 on Yesterday at 10:12:33 PM »
The Church sounds great, do we need to talk to them to make arrangements ?

Jody, that is the only thing we didn't do in Memphis, but I would be up for it definitely.

Jan :-*

come on Jan -- aren't we going to go on a "wee walk" in Memphis??   ;D

Off Topic Forum / Re: continuational BS
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 10:00:20 PM »
The new and improved death machine
I was wondering about the bubble wrap, helmet, knee and elbow pads, and other safety items. Someone I know tends to break easily. LOL
Am I Infected? / Re: still in doubt
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 09:57:16 PM »
You have conclusively tested negative, so HIV is not your issue.  Some STIs are much easier to contract than HIV.

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 STDs 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!

You are negative and if your symptoms concern you, please consult your doctor as it has nothing to do with HIV.

Am I Infected? / still in doubt
« Last post by Worstmistake on Yesterday at 09:32:15 PM »
I had an exposure with an african prostitute in South Africa. It started from unprotected BJ, to fingering which I later used the same hand to masturbate myself. I had just one stroke of penetration unprotected then I came to my senses and asked her to put a condom on. We had protected sex for 2mins max then I removed the condom without examining it. I fear that the condom might be of low quality as she was the one that provided it. 3-4 weeks later I had what could be described as cold symptoms rather than the flu. -runny/blocked nose -lack of appetite -mild headaches and fatigue. I freaked out and got her tested, unfortunately she tested positive on a rapid blood test. I didn't test at that time because I was too scared so upon my return to the US that was 7week post exposure I had the following symptoms. -abscess like bump that drained pus in groin and left armpit -General fatigue and mild headaches -gassy stomach and disgestion issues -lost of appetite -lost 6 lbs in a week Few weeks later symptoms continue including -scratchy and feeling of a lump in the throat -PN in feet and hands -feeling warm constantly -severe headache constant -muscle tingling -burning tongue/mouth -night sweats -continue till 85days then I got my first Oraquick in home Mouth Swab test - to my surprise NEGATIVE. I was really happy until I started to feel ill again. So I tested again at 14weeks with same test again Negative, I repeated it again at 16weeks again Negative. Everything was Ok until I got symptoms again- I then tested with the Home Access at 5months 1week, the one that you send a dried blood sample to a lab and get the result through phone. - Again Negative.

I heard instances where Oraquick in Home fails giving false negative and for Home Access it detects HIV1 only note that exposure was with an african prostitute who might be infected with HIV2.

Everything was Ok but now at 10months I'm still having mouth sores, headaches and feeling warm. 1. Does it sounds like I'm infected? 2. Should I get a 4th Gen test? Pls advise me.

Just last week the bump which I was told by a physician was an abscess I had 8months ago just appeared again in the same spot in the groin only this time none under the armpits. It is about 2cm and drains whitish puss. Could this be a symptom of primary syphilis?
Am I Infected? / Re: Likely exposure/transmission
« Last post by mekzn on Yesterday at 08:55:25 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I'm done posting in this thread, since I'm not really wondering whether I'm infected or at risk any more but have concerns about my particular medical status, which I obviously can't get the answer to here. Simple enough.
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