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Am I Infected? / Semen on Rope Burns
« Last post by Rlroper on Today at 03:30:19 PM »

I recently engaged in sexual activities with another man that had an element of bondage play. He tied ropes around my chest.

When he ejaculated, he came over my chest. I didn't think anything of it, but when we took the ropes off, there were deep red marks. I've been tied up before, so know there are usually superficial marks, but these were a bit more pronounced than usual (I think he used sythetic rope).

I checked, and I couldn't see if I was openly bleeding, it didn't look like the skin had teared. But, the marks looked very reddish: like the skin was broken slightly, or what you might expect a blemish to look like.

Am I at risk? Many online resources say semen/blood that comes into contact with broken or damaged skin poses a risk of infection.
I kinda wish I had tried Tivicay first, swapping one chemical instead of three would have given me a better idea of what does what.  When he said Triumeq I thought he meant Tivicay, cause all the damn trade names sound similar. Tivicay, Triumeq, Truvada. C'mon marketing people switch it up! LOL
Let us know what you figure out now, I have no idea what effect is caused by what anymore... With the two triple combinations overlapping...I probably have 6 different antivirals in my blood right now + my psychiatric drugs.
Hi jackiboy,
Click here for the rules on bringing prescription meds into the US.  In a nutshell, you are limited to a 90 day supply, and the meds should be in their original containers.  You can inquire at the nearest American consulate or the Embassy whether you could get an exception to allow you to bring in a full year's supply...

I think the rule is a little vague, 90 days is a "rule of thumb'" for what gets let in, no questions asked, not absolute policy. I suspect they'd have issues with larger supplies of controlled substances due to fear of smuggling/illicit use or selling even with a Rx.  I've taken more many times, which doesn't mean it's right or legal, but so long as easily documenting it is for "personal use" which is the rule, over the term of the visa, and with a Dr prescription, I would personally risk it due to the cost and your likely deductible expense if you were to purchase in the U.S.   

Verifying with the consulate or us borders, customs, and immigration is a good idea, although getting a definitive answer from them may be difficult.

Just consider this advice from someone who goes through customs a lot, not as legal or medical advice, they care about illegal drugs and smuggling, not grandmas heart meds or HIV meds.
Si, son definitivo y conclusivo. Ahora adelante con su vida. Punto.
Am I Infected? / Re: Cunnilingas with CSW
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 01:04:51 PM »
Im only saying you did not have a risk for HIV in this specific incident. I never tell anyone to have unprotected sex that is up to you.
Am I Infected? / Re: Cunnilingas with CSW
« Last post by guilt1969 on Today at 01:02:43 PM »
Thanks for the reply Jeff,

So what you are saying is that from the single exposure that I've mentioned above I could not have contracted HIV from this and that I can carry on having sex with my girlfriend. I'm not talking about other STD's, I'm purely concerned about HIV.

We were both tested for HIV before we started having any sexual contact and this is the only exposure I've had with someone else since we've been together.

Thanks for the advise !!
Am I Infected? / Re: I believe I am infected with HIV
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 12:58:25 PM »
If you divide to test for a no risk blow job you should fully expect a negative result.
There have been no fewer than three separate serodiscordant couples studies (where one person is HIV positive, the other negative.) These couples were tracked for three. five and ten years. The couples used condoms for penetrative vaginal and anal sex, but NO BARRIER at all for oral sex. Any kind of oral sex. These studies yielded NO infections.

We do not comment on what other sources say about transmission.

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!
Am I Infected? / I believe I am infected with HIV
« Last post by SageGreenSeas on Today at 12:28:06 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'm a 40yo straight female and I believe I was infected with HIV on Aug 12 after unwittingly performing unprotected oral sex with a man who I now know to be HIV positive. I know that incidents of transmission via oral sex are extremely rare, but I have read on many websites that if you have cuts or lesions in the mouth or an immune system compromised by another disease (such as active HPV infection, which I have) that the risk of transmission via oral sex doubles.

Not long after I performed the above sex act, I began to get a rash on my face. The rash is still here but is improving a bit now. I have fair skin and it looks like little red bumps as well as some flat splotchy places. It itches somewhat, but not terribly. I have also been experiencing extreme fatigue and diarrhea. No other symptoms are present that I am aware of, so maybe I am being paranoid, but honestly I have a bad feeling about this.

Is it too early to be tested? And if I am positive, can I start HAART right away? Did anyone else here develop the rash that quickly? It was there within 7 days. Any other early signs to be aware of besides rash and flu like symptoms?

Thank you so much I appreciate all your feedback.
Going to be posting my personal experience with Triumeq here as I go along.
Complera=Compilers (autocorrect will NOT let me write correct name.)

-Started on Compilers, experienced reflux, congestion, and mental fogginess.
-Switched to Stribild , experienced increased aggression, headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and drug interactions leading to mild psychosis.
-Switched back to Compilers, return to mental sluggishness for 1 week followed by returning respiratory and nasal congestion.


Dose #1:
Decided to take it at night so I could sleep through any side effects. Popped pill with water just before bed. Felt some gurgling in stomach, no discomfort just that digesting liquid noise. 30ish min later experienced the opposite effect of Compilers. Instead of my sinuses contracting, and tightening... felt like  they opened up a bit. Fell asleep not long after.

No dreams, woke up at normal time. Feeling some gurgling still going on in stomach, still some med in there maybe? No discomfort though. Had toast with coffee. Only ate half. Went out for morning cigarette, inhaling seemed easier somehow... On compilers I needed 4-6 cigarettes and never felt satisfied like it wasn't reaching my lungs somehow. So far I feel satisfied with the one cigarette I had four hours ago.
Continued with my morning normally, noticing subtle differences like my ability to smell returning... breathing easier...layed down to write this... lol  haven't told anyone I switched yet to see if they notice a personality change. So far so good though.   

Will keep updating...

Me realice pruebas para VIH por inmunocromatografia para detectar anticuerpos VIH1 y VIH 2. Los resultados fueron:

-- A los 51 dias del riesgo, RESULTADO: NEGATIVO
-- A los 100 dias del riesgo, RESULTADO: NEGATIVO
-- A los 102 dias del riesgo, RESULTADO: NEGATIVO.

Los resultados ya son 100% definitivos y conclusivos?
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