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Estoy infectado? / Re: Estoy infectado? ayuda!!
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 05:43:46 PM »
No hay nada en sus sintomas que es el VIH especifico.  Si continuando es algo a discutir con su doctor.

No se como puedo a ser mas claro que Vd. no tenia un riesgo por el VIH.  Punto.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Weightlifting
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 05:41:08 PM »
Its my opinion that Steroids should only be given when medically necessary and never for weight lifting or purely cosmetic reasons . There are tons of data showing that steroids can be dangerous . http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/performance-enhancing-drugs/art-20046134
Off Topic Forum / Re: Supreme court justice Antonin Scalia- Dead
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 05:36:03 PM »
Im thinking wicked thoughts so I will keep them to myself.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Weightlifting
« Last post by Gruff on Yesterday at 05:34:32 PM »
OK, one at a time:

1) I can't tell you the proper weight, because I don't know how old you are, or what size you are, etc.  A good rule of thumb for bulking is to use a weight that permits you to do 3-5 reps maximum with good form, but unable to do 6 or more. Try 25s with good form and see how many you can do.  If its a breeze to get to 8-10 reps, then you can probably go higher.  Personally, I start my routines with a low weight to warm up, and then move to progressively higher weights with each set.

2) If you're using good form, you won't be straining. If you're straining, it's a result of poor form and/or weights that are too heavy.

3) As I said, the medical community varies wildly on this.  Some doctors use the "total testosterone" test, which is what yours used.  That normally does not show low test until you've past middle age.

Some doctors will prescribe test when VL and/or CD4 counts look poor, to forego muscular wasting, or if it appears than muscular wasting is taking place, regardless of the test.

Most specialty testosterone clinics use a different test, which is normally not ordered by medical doctors, called the "free testosterone" test, which looks at the amount of 'free test' (not test attached to other cells.)   Your level of free testosterone is normal if it is 0.3 to 2 pg/mL, or 0.1 to 0.3 percent of your total testosterone levels. If it is lower (and as I said, Quest Diagnostics has perfected this test, and runs it often for testosterone clinics), then the Clinic will prescribe test. Some clinics prescribe it for anyone with HIV regardless of test levels.

Here's the rub: If your PCP prescribes test, your insurer will probably cover it. If one of these clinics prescribe, often insurers will NOT cover it, and the clinic sells it directly to you at inflated prices.   It's a sketchy system, in my opinion: the Clinic gives you the legal coverage of having a prescription, using a medically valid approach, but also makes mucho $ selling you the product.

Many gay men I know get a legal prescription from a Testosterone Center, covering their legal butts; tell their PCP they're on test so their doctor is fully informed and can monitor them for liver levels etc on regular blood tests; and then buy their product . . . ."elsewhere." I'll leave it at that.

4) Read the following sentence over and over: over-the-counter supplements for muscle building are a waste of money and don't work.

Having said that, creatine (when accompanied by proper hydration) validly gives you a bigger and harder muscle 'pump,' and protein powder supplements and NO2 powder supplements can help you grow - but that's about it. If it's a pill - don't bother.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Still no job prospects
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 05:29:22 PM »

Well fingers crossed for the counselor telephone position.
I went though a few years of unemployment myself and ended up doing loads of temp jobs basically any work i could get, so I know how it can be on the no experience side trying to get into things, i ended up doing work in construction, worked in shops, stores, did order picking for a while for an online supermarket business , worked in a sandwich factory  :( still can't eat premade sandwiches. Than the last temp job was stripping and taking back faulty toner cartridges before i found work i was any good at and could live with and wanted.

Doing some volunteer work, is always an idea to get something on the resume as a filler and to get some newer references from that if possible, it does not have to be "public facing" and i know it does not pay the rent but at least adds some experience.


Estoy infectado? / Re: Estoy infectado? ayuda!!
« Last post by violeta8766 on Yesterday at 05:02:47 PM »
entonces no hay riesgo verdad? esk me entro una imflamacion de ganglios despues de eso y entonces me dio el miedo y preferi no leer lo k pone x hay xq soy una persona muy paranoica puedo estar trankila? gracias
Forums Gatherings / Re: AMG 2016...Time to pick a town, venue and date
« Last post by minismom on Yesterday at 04:59:13 PM »
3 official votes for Philly (mum, Mini, and hubby) July / August are HOT and I don't do heat. Would love to do it in the fall, but our oldest leaves for Basic Training in June and graduates from AIT in mid-September. Our pick is close to the end of August / beginning of September. Prices would be cheaper after Labor Day.

2nd and 3rd choices: Hubby: New York or New Orleans
                                    : Mini: Disney World or our house or Jan's house
                                    : Mum: anywhere but New Orleans
Off Topic Forum / Re: Weightlifting
« Last post by RobbyR on Yesterday at 04:27:13 PM »
Like what lb of weights for like bicep curls (which is mainly the kind of lifts I do now) would be good to start out for a reasonable resistance without being overwhelming? Right now I do 20lbs. Maybe there's no connection between doing heavier weights and hemorrhoids but a friend told me that it might could cause one to flare up, because he said if you strain too much when lifting something really heavy it could, but no clue if he is right or not. Guess I'll ask the doctor about it and gradually try heavier poundage.

As far as testosterone, I'm confused. At what point are injections considered necessary by your primary doc? Mine don't even routinely test for testosterone in my routine metabolic/hiv viral load blood tests unless I ask them to. But as of a couple months ago, mine was like 300 or something considered normal. They've never uttered a word about me needing a testosterone supplement. But yet I hear so many guys in the gay community say they do it and so many bulkier guys so they have to be using some form of it.

If I wanted to try it on my own, what is a good over the counter supplement to try? Just to bulk up a bit
Off Topic Forum / Re: Still no job prospects
« Last post by RobbyR on Yesterday at 04:20:08 PM »
I think for me for the most part I do well in interviews, usually make a good impression I think, usually it just comes down to what's on paper or lack thereof, or occasionally the person doing the interviewing just doesn't click, but usually I tend to make a good personal impression. And I am pretty well spoken too. I can usually explain myself pretty well & am articulate, I feel like sometimes it just comes down to work experience or if the interviewer is an ass or not.

Right now what I am trying to figure out is that I obviously need a steady job, but my experience is so limited I don't know if I'd like certain jobs or not. Like for me, it's about can I do the job day to day, can I handle it, and therefore keep it, that's what it boils down to. Like I don't even bother with customer service/retail/call center/receptionist jobs because I don't like interacting with the general public at all in a work setting (although I am fairly social informally).

I'm terrible at math, money, etc, and awful at multi-tasking. Things I'm good at are writing, editing, proofreading, basic data entry, basic computer skills, typing, anything repetitive & predictable. I don't think well on my feet and multi-tasking is not my thing I prefer laser focus on one thing at a time.

So at this point I am going to take pretty much the first thing I get offered that I feel is feasible. I have a lot of applications pending, and an interview for a crisis counselor telephone position that I interviewed for 2 weeks ago. I'm not going to be too picky so long as it's a job I can do & just something to put down on the resume. If it's a warehouse, for a short time, so be it. I'd rather work in an office, but I'd almost rather do a warehouse if it was just doing one or two repetitive things but I think I would be really good as a telephone operator or switchboard just simply transferring calls or something like that.

So we'll see what happens, but I am ready to take whatever comes my way cause rent got to be paid lol.
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