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I'm from Mexico and I think he hasn't been tested because of bureaucracy. His doctor is coming back from holidays soon and if everything goes right he'll have his results in two weeks. We agreed to wait until his VL is undetectable and according to what I've read that could take a while... so yeah, it's not like tomorrow I'll have sex with him.

I know I have to cross that bridge... I'm just afraid. It's not a paralyzing feeling. I know all the facts and they are very reassuring and yet I still fear... Sounds silly right?

When I was reading this forum the reality of it hit me. I guess you always see it from a distant perspective but when it knocks at your door it's a whole different experience. Besides everything, I'm really grateful about this whole thing... makes me see things differently.

If you don't mind me asking mecch... how did you personally dealt with it (being neg in a magnetic relationship)? what did you feel?

Estoy infectado? / Re: Consulta, riesgo por oral VIH
« Last post by bocs41 on Today at 12:07:42 PM »
Aclaro, que los hongos los tenia yo antes de tener la relacion sexual oral, los hongos ya existian.
Tuve el sexo oral con condon con una prostituta, fueron dos sesiones de sexo oral, ambas con condon y sin penetracion.
Pero yo tenia hongos en la entrepierna, ¿es posible el contagio por los hongos?, es decir que el virus haya ingresado por mis hongos.
Estoy llorando, ayuda.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: So, I have HIV and i have some questions
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 12:04:04 PM »
CD4's are not important for you because your current count is far above 200.

CD4's (above 200) are not that important for others because once on medication, the viral load will decrease, eventually, to "undetectable."  Once undetectable, the CD4's will most likely increase.

In other words, CD4's aren't as important in terms of a medical "intervention" (i.e., taking anti-retroviral medication) because there's really nothing you can do to improve them except take anti-retroviral medication in order to attain undetectable status.  Become "undetectable" and the CD4's will take care of themselves.

Estoy infectado? / Re: Consulta sobre posible riesgo
« Last post by Pablojavier88 on Today at 11:47:46 AM »
Ok muchaa gracias andy! Estoy asustado yo creo que debe ser la culpa por engañar a mi mujer.
Entonces si usted me lo recomienda no me hare la prueba ya que no existio el riesgo.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Consulta sobre posible riesgo
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 11:42:46 AM »
En este situacion es carente de pertinencia si ella es HIV positivo o no porque cualquier los detalles recibiendo sexo oral es absolutamente sin riesgo por el VIH.

Sexualmente solamente la copula vaginal y anal sin usando los condones son riesgos confirmados por el VIH.

No tiene que probar.  Adelante con su vida normal.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: So, I have HIV and i have some questions
« Last post by Starfox on Today at 11:34:14 AM »
FYI, focusing on your cd4 count is a huge waste of stress and time. You have a great cd4 count and very soon might never need a cd4 count taken again.

These days once someone has been UD for 2 yrs or more, cd4 labwork is done fewer times a year (1 to 2 times) because the cd4 isn't a very good diagnostic test for someone who is UD. Matter of fact, if you reach >500 for 2 yrs running (hello, that could easily be you in a short amount of time!) , the newest CDC guideline says that you do not even need to ever test your cd4s again as long as you are UD

"Table 4. Recommendations on the Indications and Frequency of Viral Load and CD4 Count Monitoring"
"Table. Summary of HIV-specific routine laboratory monitoring" (pg 5)

here's a link to some more cd4 info you should know.

I never realised Viral load is the most important factor and the CD4 is not that important, ill certainly get the count on Wednesday and report back.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: So, I have HIV and i have some questions
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 11:27:04 AM »
I presume mecch means pseudonym, as in the name "Starfox."


I Just Tested Poz / Re: So, I have HIV and i have some questions
« Last post by Starfox on Today at 11:19:04 AM »
Hi starfox. Interesting pseudo.  Welcome to this forum.

Am I Infected? / Re: Anxiety over HIV and touching objects
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 11:11:58 AM »

Asked and answered:

HIV does not remain infectious outside the human body, once hiv finds itself exposed outside the body, small changes in temperature, pH / moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect.

Regarding other bacteria and viruses well that's a different story but look you rinsed it so stop worrying and move on.

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