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Am I Infected? / Re: im i infected
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 11:38:40 PM »
Just get tested.

Am I Infected? / Re: im i infected
« Last post by bobby2015 on Yesterday at 11:25:57 PM »
Do u recommend pep or should I just get tested in this case
From the aljazeera link zach posted..

“The numbers have been increasing weekly. And we don’t know how far this has already spread,” says Republican state Rep. Ed Clere, who represents a nearby county. “And that's why it's so important to get in front of it now."

Clere, who chairs the House Public Health Committee, is pushing to expand the needle exchange to the 22 other counties at risk of an HIV outbreak. He says expanding the needle exchange isn’t only the moral thing to do; it also makes fiscal sense.

“Much of the cost of treatment, both in Scott County and in other parts of the state, will ultimately be borne by taxpayers,” he says. “And it's a shame to spend money on something that could have been prevented.”

So at least theres one republican trying to do the right thing.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: why me?
« Last post by Weber on Yesterday at 10:45:49 PM »

I can totally relate to your experience. I contracted HIV from my fiancé and found out two months before the wedding. He admitted the cheating and we split right away. I feel ya and I can imagine how devastated you are, not just the virus but also the betrayal of the one you were planning to spend your life with. It will get better. I've been poz for 9 months and life has truly moved on. I feel good, enjoying my life, taking care of myself and I don't attach importance to HIV any more than it deserves.

I'm kinda curious where you left that relationship too. You may share if you're comfortable talking about it. Don't wanna get in your business but please keep in mind that HIV is no good reason to stay in a toxic relationship. A lot of members here can testify about beautiful partners they met post-dx.

We also have a lovely support group on the poz women forum. It might be very helpful for you. Please come join when you have a chance. And welcome...
Off Topic Forum / Re: Unconditional Love
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 10:43:58 PM »
A very touching story, don't know how I didn't see it sooner.

I remember once we were called to school for a conference over an incident that our daughter was insisting he was a boy, me and my wife were confused but felt it was best not to make a big issue about it cause it was first grade.. and I remember that she hated pink, refused to wear the color even before she started school, her favorite color has always been green.

Our son didn't tell us till his first year of HS and that he wanted his name changed to a boys name.. We still have problems correcting grandparents and other extended family members when they refer to him as "she", we can see that it bothers him.. I think that they are starting to get use to it though.

I'm actually embarrassed that we did not pick up on this sooner like these parents did.. But we were never disappointed with his gender identity and are proud of him.. He's in college now and he does face challenges from time to time but most days there are no issues.. He has not started hormones or had a mastectomy surgery yet.. We will support him when he does but as parents we do worry.
Am I Infected? / Re: im i infected
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 10:39:02 PM »
I agree with Andy, I think you will come out of this fine.  You had protection until the condom failed, so while a risk, it's somewhat reduced by the use of the condom.  The real point is you have to wait to test and stop worrying about being infected.  Look for a clinic that provides testing, there are some tests that can detect HIV in as little as 3 weeks, you can read about testing here: http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/HIVtests_5029.shtml

I removed your other post so you still have one more question.  Based on my experience, I expect you to come out negative.


Living With HIV / Re: As Many As 30 Rural Indiana Infections Tied To Opana Use
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 10:31:51 PM »
I'm not sure why anyone expected Indiana to do right by the the lesser of their citizens.  After the hate fest they had last with their legislature, one would think they might want to soften their image.  Then again, who gives a crap about druggies and the diseased... certainly not Republicans... ever.

Am I Infected? / Re: im i infected
« Last post by bobby2015 on Yesterday at 10:28:55 PM »
Mr Andy thank you very much for replying. I'm in Dallas tx and the doctor told me it's better for me not to take pep and just wait for the results. Any way u said u never heard of someone infected because the condom broke can u explain more on that please. Ps the condom was really a mess half of his penis was out. Sorry for my English
Am I Infected? / Re: Likely exposure/transmission
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 10:27:49 PM »
Find someone to talk with as your fears are getting out of control.  Your stress is causing much of this, so get some help to overcome your fears.  There's nothing more that we can do, until you can test.

Am I Infected? / Re: chancesof being poz
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 10:25:17 PM »
You have not had a risk.  Oral sex is not a risk for infection.  HIV is a very fragile virus.  Its outer surface becomes damaged, immediately when leaving the host; where changes in temperature, pH and moisture levels, alter the HIV outer surface, rendering it unable to infect.  The mouth is another barrier, as it protects us from pathogens that we encounter daily and it contains over a dozen proteins and enzymes that alter the HIV leaving it unable to infect.

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.

If this incident is your only concern, your result will be negative.  You do not need to test over this incident.

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