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BoiBoy,
I have to say that I'm very proud of your attitude, recovery, and moving forward with your testing and treatment.

I'm with Wolfter, and don't have any drug or recovery info to share with you, but am thrilled to see you here and getting help and support from those who've been in similar situations.

I know you're going to do great.

What you see in me inspires me to embrace that part of myself and live up to its potential.
Thanks for the encouragement, Shep. It's what is keeping me moving.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo oral
« Last post by diego400 on Today at 08:47:15 PM »
Andy TQM. Muchas Gracias
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Off Topic Forum / Prop 8 Lawyer's Views on Gay Marriage Evolving
« Last post by J.R.E. on Today at 08:30:51 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/prop-lawyers-views-gay-marriage-evolving-23363394

Prop 8 Lawyer's Views on Gay Marriage Evolving
WASHINGTON April 17, 2014 (AP)
By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
Associated Press

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country's rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favor of allowing the unions.

Cooper learned that his stepdaughter Ashley was gay as the Proposition 8 case wound its way through appellate court, according to a forthcoming book about the lengthy legal battle. And with the Supreme Court ruling now behind him, Cooper cast his personal opinion on gay marriage as an evolving process.

"My views evolve on issues of this kind the same way as other people's do, and how I view this down the road may not be the way I view it now, or how I viewed it ten years ago," Cooper said in journalist Jo Becker's book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality."

Cooper's words are reminiscent of the language President Barack Obama used throughout his first term to describe his "evolving" views on gay marriage. In 2012, Obama announced publicly that he did, in fact, support the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

Other politicians have also voiced support for same-sex marriage after learning that their own children were gay, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose position was at odds with President George W. Bush. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, reversed his opposition to gay marriage last year, saying that his gay son had caused him to think about the issue differently.

In June, Cooper's daughter plans to marry her partner in Massachusetts, one of 17 states plus the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal. In a statement to The Associated Press, Cooper said his family "is typical of families all across America."

"My daughter Ashley's path in life has led her to happiness with a lovely young woman named Casey, and our family and Casey's family are looking forward to celebrating their marriage in just a few weeks," he said.

California voters backed the Proposition 8 marriage ban in 2008, but the measure quickly faced legal challenges. Cooper was hired to defend the law by the organization ProtectMarriage.com, eventually taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Throughout the case, Cooper kept a lower public profile than the two lawyers he argued against at the Supreme Court: David Boies and Ted Olson, the political odd-couple who were on opposite sides of the 2000 presidential recountfight but came together to add bipartisan credibility to the push for gay marriage rights.

Olson cast Cooper's evolving views on the issue as part of a broader cultural shift.

"Every day, people around the country are looking at the marriage issue afresh and challenging their long-held assumptions," Olson said.

As the marriage ban's legal battle weaved through the court system, Becker writes that Cooper's family began to consider the plaintiffs in the case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, as an inspiration for their daughter.

"We were so moved to hear of the Cooper family's constant love and support of their own daughter, even as the Perry case was in full swing and Mr. Cooper was spending his days planning Prop 8's defense," Perry and Stier said in a statement to AP. "Some may find this contrast between public and private jarring, but in our opinion, loving an LGBT child unequivocally is the single most important thing any parent can do. We are overjoyed for Ashley and her fiancée, and we wish them the very best."

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Am I Infected? / Re: HIV risk for indefinite anal practice.
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 08:20:21 PM »

1- What's the scientific explanation for the no risk stance on this particular act? (given the detailed explanation and assuming he has hiv)

HIV is not infectious once it leaves the confine of the human body, small changes in PH and temperature render it unable to infect and that is why frottage and masturbation and fingering is not a risk .

2- If I had the minimal tiniest slightest risk of catching hiv through this practice, would you tell me and advise me to get tested??

Our goal is to prevent infections and we all would be begging you to test and get treatment if need be . Its also why I include this message in every assessment I do .

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!
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Living With HIV / Re: Developing resistance to meds as an UD
« Last post by vertigo on Today at 08:12:12 PM »
So let me get this straight.  You have been consistently undetectable for 1.5 years, got one wonky lab result with a lowered CD4 count, your doctor is not worried, but you're self-diagnosing viral resistance and treatment failure?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that your correct diagnosis is anxiety.

As far as I know, the HIV "superinfection" stories are mostly scare tactics to make UD pozzies feel guilty about having condomless sex with each other.  Not a real thing.

And some doctors actually now advocate not doing CD4 testing AT ALL on people with sustained successful treatment, in part to avoid freakouts when the numbers fluctuate.

If your doctor is not worried than I see no reason for you to be.  Try to relax  :)
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Am I Infected? / Re: HIV risk for indefinite anal practice.
« Last post by someonesomewhere on Today at 08:07:39 PM »
Thanks, just two more questions.

1- What's the scientific explanation for the no risk stance on this particular act? (given the detailed explanation and assuming he has hiv)

2- If I had the minimal tiniest slightest risk of catching hiv through this practice, would you tell me and advise me to get tested??
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Am I Infected? / Re: Swollen tonsils and possible infection
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 07:31:26 PM »
Your English is very understandable and I read all your concerns carefully . HIV is sexually transmitted from unprotected anal and vaginal sex so you did not have a risk for HIV in ANY of the things you are concerned about . It would not matter if he did have HIV because you did not have a risk .

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!
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Research News & Studies / Re: ART impact on overall mortality
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 07:24:46 PM »
nice find. thanks!
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Gracias Andy, me puedes explicar las ventajas de un elisa de 4 generacion vs un elisa de 3 generación?
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Rex, no vamos a continuar una ronda de sus miedos. Aqui nosotros no somos interesado en hablando de los porcentajes. En mi experiencia y en considerando los hechos de su cuenta, estoy esperando que su resultado a 3 meses sera negativo.

Mas no puedo decir a este punto.
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