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Living With HIV / Re: Cancer...
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 03:39:12 PM »


          OJO       HELLO COLORADO, I'M GLAD THAT YOU ARE HANGING IN THERE, MY FRIEND USED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HE COULDN'T EAT BECAUSE EVERYTHING TASTED LIKE POOP, BUT IT IS PART OF THE SIDE EFFECTS, THEY WILL GO AWY...I'M SORRY YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS, BUT, THIS IS GOING TO MAKE YOU STRONGER AND KINDER, BECAUSE YOU WILL KNOW THAT LIFE IS DIFFICULT AND WE HAVE TO FIGHT UNTIL THE END...WISHING YOU THE BEST AND YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS ALL THE TIME...HUGS                                                                 OJO
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Living With HIV / Re: PLASMA BLASTIC LYMPHOMA
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 03:33:55 PM »
It's heartbreaking to hear of your loss.   You are a kind, generous soul.  I'm sure he treasured your friendship.  I wish you strength, peace.

              OJO       HELLO COLORADO, THANKS FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND FORGIVE ME, PLEASE, FOR POSTING MY FRIEND'S PASSING WHILE YOU AARE GOING THROUGH YOUR CHEMO TREATMENT...MY FRIEND'S CANCER IS A VERY DIFFICULT CANCER TO TREAT, HE KNEW IT, AND I'M SO PROUD OF HIM FOR FIGHTING IT UNTIL THE END, WHEN HE WAS TOLD THERE WASN'T MORE TO DO FOR HIM, HE WENT FAST, WHICH I'M GLAD, TWO DAYS LATER OF KNOWING THE BAD NEWS, HE DIED, HE WAS SUFFERING A LOT, HE WENT THROUGH A STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION WHICH I THINK WAS WHAT IT KILLED HIM *COMPLICATIONS)...AGAINM THANKS FOR YOUR BEST WISHES...HUGS                                             OJO
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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: stomach enzymes
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 03:12:02 PM »
Glad to hear he is doing better.  :)

Jim
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just tested poz
« Last post by paintedroom on Yesterday at 03:08:55 PM »
Hi Thunder,
can`t add too much other than to say i was dx`d  2 months ago with
CD4 50.Started meds(Genvoya +Bactrim) exactly 3 weeks ago.I go back to see Doc  for another bloods on the 5th sept.So far so good.
All i can say is listen to those here on the forum,they have a lot of experience and can save you considerable anxiety.It`s a tricky one to get your head around no doubt but reading other members stories and where they have come from will give you perspective and relative calm.Don`t overwhelm yourself,the questions come day by day and DON`T worry too much about the what ifs,a trap i fell into myself.The Meds work..remember that ! I was in a state of High anxiety when i spoke to the doctor first thinking i would spiral down rapidly and have the inevitable tragic bedside scene with my family.It doesn`t work that way.You can breath easy.The Doc told me the meds work 99.9% of the time.
In the last year on the fatigue front i was suffering pretty badly..falling asleep all the time and always feeling shot.That has changed in the last three weeks,not a huge amount but enough to be noticeable.I`m also eating like a horse and obviously gave up all the vices.The Meds work !
Adherence,Adherence,Adherence(pill log) and be good to yourself..exercise perhaps and eat well.
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Am I Infected? / Re: 5 weeks of ARS symptoms. Really scared :(
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 02:50:50 PM »
Hi

Look if all symptoms you had was somehow caused by HIV you would have tested positive already and you have not. You WBC count has nothing to do with HIV. Absolutely pointless.

The type of HIV really does not matter as the antibody test you took tests for both and the window period advised takes this into account. Test at 13 weeks weeks past any possible exposure and move on with your life.

Look all the questions on type of HIV and ARS + symptoms.

Ill make it simple for you, a negative antibody HIV test at 13 weeks past any possible exposure is conclusive. Stop looking for "what if's" and test at 3 months and than put this behind you and move on with your life.

From now on use condoms and also test at least yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV.  Now we don't comment on symptoms or discuss them here, but nothing you mentioned was HIV specific so if you are sick see a doctor to find out what is making you ill. 

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Prior to diagnosis (but I was probably already poz) I noticed my skin was more sensitive than it used to be. If I scratched or rubbed myself lightly a temporary rash would form where scratched that looked somewhat hive-like. But it only lasts about 10 minutes then fades away. This has continued while on Triumeq and even though I'm undetectable it still happens even more than before starting meds. It's inconsistent sometimes in the day my skin will be very sensitive like described other times not at all. It doesn't itch or cause pain and fades quickly. My doctor is not concerned about it as it doesn't bother me, but wondering if others have had this kind of sensitive skin either due to HIV or meds? I know rashes are common side effects but this is not so much a rash as a sensitivity.
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Am I Infected? / Re: 5 weeks of ARS symptoms. Really scared :(
« Last post by scarytimes on Yesterday at 02:33:05 PM »
I'm really getting more and more scared now :(

I'm trying not to think of it, but it's really hard. The discoloration of my palms are still there and have been for over 5 weeks. Today I also had the diarrhea two times, and small red spots are present on my cheek. All this is constantly reminding me of HIV, and I can't focus on work or anything else. I hope all these symptoms can go away so I can get a test after this period of what I truly believe is ARS.

I'm mostly worried about my palms and the red spots that appear under my skin when it is not "moving" or being used. Has anyone ever heard about this being associated with ARS? They also give a slight burning sensation from time to time.

All my blood tests from my doctor came back (8 weeks post exposure) and he said they were good. But the white blood cell count was at the low end of the scale, and this of course got me even more worried.

The worst scenario would be if this ends up being HIV-2 that there are not very good treatment against. Since this happened in a country with higher prevalance of type 2. Since I got a 4th generation negative at 4 weeks and 7.5 weeks I don't believe it's HIV-1. Is there anyone in here that has caught HIV-2 and can share som information about it's ARS symptoms? I'm getting really desperate!

Next week I'm going for a new antibody test. That will be 10.5 weeks post exposure, but I can't wait anymore. My head is spinning 24/7.

I hope some of you good people in here can help to shed som light over my situation.

In the meantime, thank you. I hope you all are doing well :)
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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: stomach enzymes
« Last post by agirl on Yesterday at 01:30:06 PM »
thanks thats what I figured. I take stomach enzymes when I cant digest food. but knowing drug interactions might not be the best I didnt give it to him. he is better today just his mind is a little cloudy and slow maybe from throwing up and stuff.
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Also, recent findings show that people with undetectable VL are non-infectious.
one of the best studies on this issue is the PARTNERS study, which has shown that getting the HIV viral load of patients suppressed (ie undetectable) results in zero HIV transmission. Treatment as Prevention (TasP) is a major component to stopping the HIV epidemic.

You will find here a few poster here who had decided to delay treatment. Not many, though

In your case there is no rush.
however, the CDC, WHO, and other major agencies now all recommend immediate treatment. It has been shown through numerous studies that the sooner HIV is totally suppressed the less damage is done to the immune system and the better long term health outcome for the patient. Here in 2016, there is no reason to delay treatment and every reason to begin ASAP

"Rushing" a patient into treatment as soon as possible is a Ryan White quality improvement project for HIV-treatment organizations and is now the standard of HIV treatment.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Consulta sobre posible riesgo
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 12:58:10 PM »
Tanpoco estas carente de pertinencia sobre el VIH.
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