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Am I Infected? / Re: Hiv scare
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 05:44:54 PM »
Hi

We don't discuss symptoms here, if you are feeling unwell or sick please speak to a doctor to find out what is making you ill.

So as you had a risk I would recommend testing for HIV, depending on your location some countries offer over the counter home testing kits from pharmacists. In my signature you will find links with more information on testing in general.
 
I also recommend however as you are sexually active, to get a full sexual health check-up / screening including but not limited to hiv testing. This should be something done anyway at the very least annually.

Now I understand from your post you are having some fears in regards to testing, I don't know your location however I am including this link to a short video showing an Irish guy and girl in Dublin getting tested, Its shows how easy, painless and quick getting tested actually is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKgdpqm9OEI I hope this helps reduce your fear of testing.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Remember that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's. So please do get fully tested regularly for all STI's including HIV and more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs. Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Finally use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, to avoid sexually transmitted hiv infection.

Kind regards

Jim

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Am I Infected? / Re: Risk Assessment - Very stressed
« Last post by Math.sam on Yesterday at 05:38:38 PM »
To clarify. I was having encounters with escorts before. my last such encounter was 20 days ago almost. A week ago I got in a relationship that is monogamous and has a very good future. All my concerns and worries were a result of having had HIV from my careless behavior before and loosing a long term fulfilling relationship with someone. And also of putting my partner at risk for HIV. I don't plan on being unfaithful but the fear of contracting HIv and putting my partner at risk brough me to this forum.

Do U have any additional advice given the new information I just provided? Thanks a lot!
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Am I Infected? / Re: Risk Assessment - Very stressed
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 05:27:43 PM »
Hi,

I not sure what your looking for here. Your first post you were having causal encounters, and after January protected (causal?) encounters.

Anyhow to answer your question, Yes I recommend testing for all sexually active people as you don't know your partners risks or status and some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's.

So my advice is please do get fully tested regularly, at least annually for all STI's including HIV and more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs. Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

I also recommend you use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, to avoid sexually transmitted hiv.

Jim
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Am I Infected? / Hiv scare
« Last post by Scaredone123 on Yesterday at 05:21:04 PM »
Was never really enlightened about hiv until now. Had an encounter with a female about 6 months ago. It was unprotected sadly...I know stupid. Anyways turns out she had an std, I felt pains in my genital after about a week and took some medicine for it. Never got to find out what std it was exactly, too scared to go to a doctor for testing. Didn't think much about it until I saw Charlie sheen got hiv and I decided to do a little research. I found out I might have some symptoms and didn't know about it. I didn't fall ill or go through a seroconversion but I did get boils in both my armpits and left thigh which I think now might be swollen lymph nodes. The boils disappeared after about 3 months but now I got 2 in my armpits again. Please help how do I tell the difference between a boil and a swollen lymph node and can a swollen lymph node in armpit be the only sign of hiv.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Risk Assessment - Very stressed
« Last post by Math.sam on Yesterday at 05:09:41 PM »
Thank you very much Jim. I really appreciate your guidance. I will accept this as a no risk for HIV and move on with my life. However I will also take your advice and get a full STD checkup in 3 months.

Given than I am in a monogamous relationship and my partner has been tested and does not have HIV and that if this relationship continues and I have no other partner should I get tested at all? As I mentioned earlier I had my full std checkup two days ago. If everything comes negative which I am quite confident it will, should I do any further testing in future if I maintain one monogamous partner?
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Am I Infected? / Re: Risk Assessment - Very stressed
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 05:01:54 PM »
If the condom failed you would have known about it, they are designed to leave no doubt you are simply overthinking this for no reason.

You have had a risk assessment, I have also explained in my posts how to avoid HIV but as said before if you can't accept that you had protected intercourse and no risk than by all means go get tested.

I recommend that everyone who is sexually active gets tested at least annually anyway.

Its time to move on now and we simply can not help you in this setting.

Jim   
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Am I Infected? / Re: Risk Assessment - Very stressed
« Last post by Math.sam on Yesterday at 04:47:18 PM »
Thank you very much Jim and Wade.

I have one last concern. Everything else he assured me and I am less stressed than before. My condom was a Trojan ecstasy. It was very tight and secure at the base but it was not snug at all on the shaft. There was quite some room. It wasn't the reservoir top design so I assume the space was for the ejaculate and prevent it from bursting.
I was of the opinion that since a condom is very tight and snug over the shaft, any tear results in a rupture and a visible break indicating condom failure. But my condom was not, so would any tears by teeth still result in a visible break or that only happens when a condom is tight around the shaft?

That will be my last concern :)

Thanks again!
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo Oral con O sin Proteccion
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 04:21:02 PM »
Nada excepto sexo con su mano es 100% seguro. 

Hay investigaciones de larga duracion de los companeros VIH sero-discorde.  Ellos hagan tanto sexo oral mutuo sin los condones y copula vaginal y anal siempre con los condones.  Los resultados son que nunca de los sero-negativos seran el VIH positivo.

Porque es mas facil a transmitir otras enfermedades sexual que es posible con el VIH, si estas sexualmente activo es bueno a nada mes que cada ano a probar por todas las enfermedades y a 6 seis meses si estas muy activo.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: DUDAS ,OBSESION Y SINTOMAS
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 04:15:13 PM »
Si tiene sintomas hoy, esas son algo a discutir con su doctor.  El VIH no es la causa porque Vd. estas conclusivamente negativo.
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Living With HIV / Re: Kaposi's sarcoma pigment scars
« Last post by owt on Yesterday at 03:58:52 PM »
yes Toni, I think I will try that cream anyway, it doesn't cost a thing actually  ;)
I keep my fingers crossed for your scars to go away!
Let me know of course!

I'm trying the cream and the TCA treatment as soon as i'm finishing the chemo i have two cycles left, they are not very expensive or complicated, i think we have nothing to lose.

sadly my leg edema is not getting better. i feel very bad about this. i don't want to use compression sock all my life :(
if i don't walk to much the edema is not than bad. but if i start walking like 20 or 30 minutes the edema goes worse and worse. :(

I'm glad to know that your chemo is treating you well Jeremy :3 keep us updated.

Thank you Toni for your research and for sharing all this information with us, i really appreciate it! :3
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