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Living With HIV / Re: myelitis anyone
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 01:01:07 PM »
rash on inner legs this morning, took a couple benadryl and applied hydrocotisone cream, email to the nurse... see how things go from here

probably a reaction to detergents, my skin has become very sensitive the past year... i changed all the soaps i use but not clothes detergent, think thats probably called for now
Unfortunately they consider it cosmetic !
I was in the clinical trials for sculptra in 2000
Was known then as new fill , still was expensive and didn't last long
At least not for me.

I had a hump the size of a small football surgically removed.
Could hardly put my head back all the way,
No help from insurance on that one either.
Some are however getting some help with egrifta

Good luck , Wade
Off Topic Forum / Re: Winter 2014/2015...
« Last post by bubba53 on Yesterday at 11:44:02 AM »
Me too!
Not moving out of here anytime just soon ,unless feet first .
Snowing here again now,sneak attack.
Only 2-4" but it sucks ,I have An hour drive to an eye appointment at 3:00
Yuk !!!
Am I Infected? / Re: Stripper and HIV
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 11:43:28 AM »
You have NOT had even a hint of a risk for HIV . HIV is sexually transmitted from unprotected anal and vaginal sex and not from kissing, mutual masturbation or sexual fluids outside the body and here is why, Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in UNPROTECTED anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies. Once hiv finds itself outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI.Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , 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 STIs 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!
Living With HIV / Re: New lab results but feeling down
« Last post by madeindetroit on Yesterday at 11:40:12 AM »
Weber how r ya my diagnoisis day companion....did you get ur latest labs yet ? 
Am I Infected? / Stripper and HIV
« Last post by tester08 on Yesterday at 11:37:04 AM »
Good Day,

Thank you for the service you are providing. I have a question.

Abit of background. I am 28, a virgin, and never kissed a girl. I am keeping it for marriage.
However, a week ago, my friends gave me a surprise on my birthday. They tied me to a chair and got a stripper at my party.

I was only in my boxers, and the stripper, only in her pantees (topless), was all over me. She licked me on my body, touched my penis (my shorts were on all the way), and rubbed her breasts on my body. Though she was wearing her thongs, which were virtually so thin (in material and length), they were non existent. She then masturbated (fingered) herself to finish. She then sat on my thigh, where I could feel her vagina on my leg, and then she came closer to me kissed my neck, etc. and sat near my crotch, her vagina very close to my penis (with shorts on). Would this pose a risk to HIV. I never kissed her on her lips (i refused) and though she touched and teased my penis and touched me after finishing herself, i never let her take my shorts off, which she tried, and said she wanted to give me a blowjob, and i refused. I was tied, and could do anything else all this while. I am assuming the vagina was wet, and she did touch me with her hands after masturbating herself.

Does the above situation pose a risk to HIV? I am worried. And I have stopped talking to that bunch of friends either, who had no respect for my life decision.

Thank you once again for the service you are doing.

Best Regards
Off Topic Forum / Re: Winter 2014/2015...
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 11:29:30 AM »
Greg, at least you can find the good in situations.  It sucks to move in the winter.  I did it at my last apartment and swore I would never do it again.  I feel for you!
Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo Vaginal (Sin Protección)
« Last post by Feldine on Yesterday at 11:13:32 AM »
Sr. Velez, hoy pase a buscar mis resultados, como prometí postearlo:

ANTI VIH 1/2 ............ NEGATIVO (Prueba realizada, 116 Días después de la relación de riesgo)

metodo usado : QEIA

Supongo que definitivo según indica.

Muchas gracias, Usted da paz mental con su experiencia.. Los paranoicos favor, solo pensar en otra cosa y esperar sus 6 semanas, ya que tal como dice Andy, es una prueba contundente de que seras negativo a 3 meses. lo digo de experiencia, no tiene caso perder 3 meses de tu valioso tiempo pensando en esta enfermadad, incluso creándonos síntomas.

Se, que existe una vacuna para el VIH: (El Preservativo), no volvamos a caer en esta situación, no importa quien, podemos acabar con esta enfermedad usando condón, sin importar con quien,  hasta tener tu pareja estable e hijos. Lamentablemente la mayoría de personas (No todos) que tienen VIH, no  les importa, tienen mala fe y quieren transmitirla, así  como se lo hicieron a ellos.  Es nuestro deber cuidarnos, acabar con esto de una vez por todas, Usando condón ! .

A tratar de recuperar este tiempo perdido y a disfrutar la vida, Muchas gracias a usted Sr Velez, Bendiciones para usted y su familia.

Sangamo BioSciences Presents New Clinical Data at CROI 2015 From Trial of ZFP Therapeutic® Designed to Provide Functional Control of HIV

Data Demonstrate Cytoxan Preconditioning Combined with CD4/CD8 ZFN-modified T-cell Product Reduces Viral Load to Limit of Quantification in One Subject of Three; Delays Onset of Viremia in Another Subject

Company Also Announces FDA Acceptance of IND Application for New HIV/AIDS Clinical Trial Using ZFN-modification of Hematopoietic Stem Cells
RICHMOND, Calif., Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGMO) announced the presentation of new clinical data from its Phase 1/2 clinical trial (SB-728-1101). The study is designed to evaluate SB-728-T, a ZFP Therapeutic® generated by ZFN-mediated genome editing of T-cells to knockout the CCR5 gene, which encodes a critical co-receptor for HIV infection. SB-728-T is being developed as a potential 'functional cure' for HIV/AIDS. The data were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) which is being held in Seattle from February 23 to 26, 2015.

"In our studies of SB-728-T, we have observed remarkable effects on both the viral load and the levels of the viral reservoir," said Dale Ando, M.D., Sangamo's vice president of therapeutic development and chief medical officer. "Data and models developed by other groups have defined the characteristics of so-called 'elite controllers' whose immune systems prevent their HIV infections from progressing to AIDS, without antiretroviral drugs (ART). As part of the 1101 study, we are evaluating whether an improvement in HIV control can be obtained by including CD8 T-cells in our SB-728-T product, mimicking a phenotype observed in 'elite controllers.'  The data demonstrate that we can generate a CD4/CD8 SB-728-T cell product that can be successfully combined with Cytoxan preconditioning to drive robust engraftment. Moreover, in the three subjects treated we have already observed encouraging increases in total CD8 T-cells and effects on the viral load during a treatment interruption (TI)."

The 1101 study was designed to evaluate the effect of increasing doses of Cytoxan® preconditioning as a method to maximize engraftment of ZFN- modified cells (SB-728-T) in which both copies of the CCR5 gene had been disrupted, making the cells fully resistant to HIV infection.  Data from Cohorts 1-5 of the 1101 study (18 subjects) demonstrated a dose-related increase in both total CD4 T-cell and ZFN modified CD4 T-cell engraftment in response to Cytoxan preconditioning up to 1.0 g/m2. In addition, all subjects underwent a TI and were taken off ART at sixteen weeks post infusion. Four subjects from Cohort 1-5 remain on long-term TI and have remained off ART for at least 40 weeks.

You can read the full press release here.

Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by bubba53 on Yesterday at 10:05:48 AM »
I love almond milk,
Most brands have more calcium and less carbs than skim milk !
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