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Living With HIV / Re: Shingles?
« Last post by RobbyR on Yesterday at 11:58:49 PM »
I had shingles a few years ago. I started getting a terrible ear ache. It hurt worse than swimmer's ear. Nobody could tell me what was wrong. It hurt really bad. I went to a walk in clinic and the doctor thought it was an ear infection and flushed my ear out with water and gave me drops. It didn't help. Then a few days later I started feeling very sick and unwell like generalized, sick feelings, like I was coming down with something. I felt like I was getting the flu. I felt AWFUL. Suddenly, after about a week of suffering with a terrible ear ache, and getting the flu-like symptoms, I got a very high fever all of a sudden. I was shaking uncontrollably. I had to go to the ER. I also got painful blisters on my face. I thought they were just acne. But the doctor took one look and in my ear and said "you have shingles". I never knew it could get in your ear. Apparently I had shingles blisters in my ear the whole time and the other doctors misdiagnosed me with an ear ache. Can you believe that?

Luckily the blisters on my face were few, and the ER doctor was very smart he knew what I had, and I told him I had a very mild case of chickenpox as a child. He said that this was common to get shingles later in life if your chickenpox was mild. He gave me an anti-viral, Acyclovir. Within two days of taking it I felt WAY better, my ear stopped hurting, and I felt better. I have a tiny scar on my face but not noticeable.

Not sure why I got shingles when I did, I had been undetectable for several months before, and was in good health.Maybe it was just one of those fluke things. I hope I never get it again. If you suspect shingles definitely get treatment as soon as you can I didn't know there was a vaccine though for it.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: 3 1/2 month tested positive
« Last post by efox020 on Yesterday at 11:53:54 PM »
Hi Kyle,

Hope your doing good buddy!
I agree that you were treated unfair in this beginning but I don't blame anyone here, we are all just trying to help each other from our own personal experiences, and the comment ianmx made could have taken the wrong way, we all have moments and post things we probably shouldn't have, myself included.

I hope the board is kept alive and we continue to help each other.

Am I Infected? / Re: Am I infected?
« Last post by merlinthemagician on Yesterday at 11:07:13 PM »
Thank you for your response.  I am still experiencing muscle, joint pain and a sore throat 4.5 weeks in. I just got my test results back for the test I took at (~3.5 weeks). It showed up as negative.

1. How accurate is this test at 3.5 weeks? I plan to take one at six weeks and another at 3 months. I just want some level of reassurance. I can't seem to find a % online. It was an antibody test. 

I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newbie
« Last post by Yulyz on Yesterday at 10:53:12 PM »
Thanks Wade.
Hope you all here are well and healthy.
Just an update about myself.
My dr has prescribed me Stirbild and I have been taking it since last Wednesday.
A huge relief on the side effects, other than itchy skin and some rashes for a few days I don't have the gastric & stomache issues, thanks god.
They will work on my blood works in 3 weeks, hopefully I don't have to switch
to different med.

Hugs & regards,
« Last post by ri.al79 on Yesterday at 10:43:15 PM »
Muchas gracias Andy, me siento agradecido porque alguien con su trayectoria me oriente y de verdad me siento mas tranquilo.

Pero a lo que me refería es que en el momento del posible riesgo tenía esa rozadura en el glande (ya no la tengo el día de hoy) y esta muy probablemente pudo estar expuesta a los fluidos vaginales, por lo que me gustaría saber si considerando eso podría estar infectado.

Además la cuestión de la epididimitis, pues es extraño que la haya contraido y eso me pone mas nervioso pensando que también pude contraer VIH.

Gracias de antemano, solo me gustaría que considerara eso y valorara si tuve riesgo y si mis pruebas son concluyentes.

¡Excelente noche!
That could be the case, I was put on treatment immediately, the same day I saw the HIV specialists so I don't think any resistance testing was done. I was in pretty bad shape at the time.

I read somewhere that an individual with rapid progression to AIDS with a high VL as and low CD4s and no resistances it took over 10 months to become UD. The case sound similar to mine.

I'm gonna find that link.

My doctor sent me a message via the online service. I'll ask next time I should hear back mid next week.
Asking for a friend,

She was recently diagnosed poz. She wanted to start treatment as early as possible so she managed to acquire some Stribild before the doctor could write her a prescription. But she only had 12 days worth.

She took all of it and her viral load lowered from 1 million to 34,000 in that 12 day period. Unfortunately, 8 days passed before she was able to get a further prescription for Stribild and she resumed taking it.

What is the likelihood that she is now resistant to the medication? Would it happen gradually or would it have happened all at once? Would she be resistant to all 3 of the active HIV meds in it?
Am I Infected? / Re: 8 weeks window period
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 09:47:13 PM »
A 10 week negative is highly unlikely to change when you test at 13 weeks.  The risk for HIV infection comes from unprotected intercourse.  We do not discuss symptoms and at this point, you should expect another negative result for your final test.

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