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Am I Infected? / My Experience and Side Effects Starting Truvada
« Last post by Finalexile on Today at 09:55:33 AM »
Hi POZ Community,

I really need your support and appreciate your feedback. Im a 24 year old gay male that had a relatively low risk sexual interaction on Nov 13th. My doctor treated me for STDs and as it was 60 hours after the encounter I asked him about PEP. He gave my Truvada as a stand alone medication and said it was to ease my mind and quell my anxiety and that I was going to be alright.

I only have 9 more days to go, however I cant help but feel this ache on my flank and lower back, I've suspected it to be my kidneys,  if i eat even moderate amounts of food, my abdominal and sides acts up on a scale of 5 out 10 degree in pain.

I've told him previously i've been feeling pressure on my bladder and sides, but he always ask me to ride out the month with the PreP.

I've always believed I was sensitive to medication, I rarely take any in my life, should I be concerned? I feel so alone and am very greatful for the support, this was my first sexual experience and farless with someone i barely knew.

I sincerely appreciate your response.
- Nick
Off Topic Forum / Re: Vent..
« Last post by skeebo1969 on Today at 09:42:23 AM »
  Robbie has two choices: he can either take a stand and splash more cologne on, or he can tone it back some and wear less.   Either way, the job will never hang a plaque telling which decision he made.  He'll just have to live with it.

  I wish it was just a cologne issue at my job.  A lot of the men I work with  have got their concealed weapons permit in the last 3 months.  One person got it, and everyone else followed suit.  Now they all walk around with their guns on them and I'm not real comfortable with it.

  It's a private company and the owner has no problem with it.  If ole Skeebo ever takes one for the team I have confidence that one of the good people here will point this post out to the authorities.  Mind you, not to change anything.... but, it may help get my face on 60 Minutes. ;D
Buen día, eso lo sé, era una supuesta relacion monogama.

Mis dudas son las siguientes,

El puede ser VIH (+) teniendo su ultima relacion en dieciembre 2014 y habiendose hecho estudios en junio de 2015 en los que supuestamente fue negativo?

Si todo es real como el dice y no ha estado con nadie sin proteccion, yo estoy desde dieciembre de 2015 con él, no tendría que haber pasado ya el periodo ventana?

Es posible tener sifilis sin nunca manifestar el chancro?
Menos que estes en una relacion con seguridad monogamous en la cual ambos socios probaron la negativo juntos el socio insertiva este utilizando siempre los condones por la copula.

Si es claro que que su pareja es el VIH+ tiene que usar los condones sin excepcion por la copula. O puede tocar PrEP y si esta interesado en esa los detalles son algo a discutir con su doctor. 

Sobre su estado del VIH, tiene que probar a 12 semanas despues la ultima vez del riesgo para a ser seguro de su estado negativo.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Urgente Andy necesito ayuda
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 08:37:54 AM »
Esa sintomas no son el VIH especifico.  Si continuando son algo a discutir con su doctor.  Mientras sigue con su vida normal.

No tengo mas o algo nuevo a decir ahora.
Who said anything about going off meds? I have no intention of doing that.. I've already got the AIDS.

I went UD 3 times with a blip in between once, so not rare for me since it's also taken close to two years to get ud.. I am still feeling uneasy about blips and what causes them.. So to say that it (this research) may be a game changer I guess is optimistic thinking on my part.

I think you're right. This is very interesting. It could mean that the reservoir isn't as large as they've previously thought.  And maybe they could develop more targeted therapies for actual provirus that could actually result in viral replication.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Vent..
« Last post by abrokenman on Today at 07:59:34 AM »
Would you feel the same way if the complaint was because someone brought nuts into an office where it is known that someone has a life-threatening allergy to nuts?  Some people run into problems just being exposed to nuts in the air -- not necessarily consuming them.  At my last job, there were signs at every entry point stating that someone had a severe allergy to banana's and to please not eat or bring bananas onto the floor.  I complied with nary a 2nd thought.

So your point about having to deal with things in public is, in fact, two-sided.  I love bananas, but I needed to be cognizant of others needs too -- so I ate them at home.  This enabled us to both enjoy ourselves in the office.

Finally -- if one wears cologne for fear of offending someone with "unpleasant body odor" -- why would one then be upset that someone is offended by what they perceive as "unpleasant body odor", i.e. the cologne?  Unpleasant odor is in the nostril of the beholder!   ;D


So what you are saying is that the work place should not only post of a persons nut allergies but every and ALL allergies should be posted? Then doesn't that make it hard on the Employer to cover everything to suit the health and welfare of ALL Employees? I highly doubt that people who bring in a cookie tray for the Holidays has a disclaimer of all the ingredients that are in the cookies so other employees know the risk factor. It is up to the Person with the allergies to ask before ingesting any food product. If we had to divide everyone's situation down into categories then break it down even more so in sub categories then Company's would have to become a segregated work place. NO Company is going to do that as the majority of the work force does not have or get peripheral treatment over maybe 1 Person who such a condition. Yes, a Company can try to come to common ground on the topic but if they had to do it for the majority of the work force then that put's them in a very tight predicament. Yes, people have to work in order to make a living but it's not a Company who has to make the Company a perfect fit for everyone, it's the Person who has to seek employment that is the perfect fit for them. I don't recall the OP's boss telling him that the "complainer" has allergies to strong colognes or perfume, if that was the case then His Boss should have told Him the reason was due to allergies or even remind Him of the Company handbook policy about that topic (even if they have such a handbook) He was owed an explanation along with the discussion. Some Companies are structured as strict adherence to no perfumes/colognes, deodorant or even scent smelling soaps on their Employees such as Medical facilities that manufacture medical devices or a vitamin plant but let's face it most places are not like that

Once a complainer, always a complainer - you can't make Everyone happy. I'm not saying People should go out of their way to ignore someone's situation knowing that it can cause them problems but you can't meet everyone's expectations and how many people on a day-to-day basis don't infringe on your situations, problems or concerns throughout the entire day, everyday.  Society is to divided enough as it is these days.
Am I Infected? / Re: Nervous and so worried about HIV risk
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 02:09:01 AM »

Taking antibiotics will not change the test result.

I removed your post from the Spanish section, now only post here in this one thread. You can't post in both the English and Spanish "Am I"
You get only 3 free posts so make the last one a good one.

Now nobody on this earth can tell you what your odd are or % of personal risk.
Its impossible to work our your own personal odds and it has too many variables. Its simple you had a risk that warrants testing so test, its the only way to know.

Test at 6 weeks and than repeat at 13 weeks for a conclusive result and move on with your life. 

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

Keep in mind 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 and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test 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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards


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Am I Infected? / Re: Nervous and so worried about HIV risk
« Last post by lawliet on Today at 01:44:06 AM »
Thanks a lot Ptrk3
Just another 3 questions:
I am now using an antibiotic (trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) every 12 hours for 10 days (Phenazopyridine and dicycloverine) every 8 hours for 5 days both, and today is my second day -of treatment.
- Could they drugs alter the results of the test?
-and what kind of  drugs could alter the test?
-What do you think my result could be? taking into account my risk relashionship
*The test are the quick test then confirmed with Western blot.

Sorry for the questions but im so worried. I'm trying to do my duties but it's imposible because all my thoughts are focus in this trouble I really need to know more opinions of experts.
Am I Infected? / Re: Extreme fear and stree
« Last post by sigh123 on Today at 12:42:57 AM »
I continued having sex with a new condom.

Thanks for answering!

I just took an Oraquick Test and it came out negative! I had to build courage to do it. It is a great relief. I guess my symptoms can be due to massive stress and anxiety.

Anywho thanks again! greatly
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