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Am I Infected? / Re: Fingering Fresh Blood Cut
« Last post by RealAlJufairi on Today at 02:05:48 AM »
And the lymph node in my neck.
Am I Infected? / Re: Fingering Fresh Blood Cut
« Last post by RealAlJufairi on Today at 02:05:19 AM »
Yeah but what do you think about the fingering inceident.
Am I Infected? / Re: flipping out?
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 01:41:36 AM »
If you are sick speak to your Doctor, its not HIV related.
Nobody has been infected by being peed on, so no if's or but's about it, time to move on.

Am I Infected? / Re: flipping out?
« Last post by oc82 on Today at 01:31:12 AM »
Could of been blood in it   but also I got sick after
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Toxic Effects of NRTIs
« Last post by Mishma on Today at 01:10:55 AM »
Looking back over the response to my original post I must apologize for not being more clear: I am on mono therapy after decades of NRTI's; based on my reading of several on-going studies where the majority of patients on mono-therapy with this same drug were controlling the virus out to 6-8 months-and those phase II studies were ongoing.

I am sure I greatly benefited from this class of drugs-up to a point, but the current guidelines, and my own physician's ineptitude led me to take matters into my own hands and drop the Truvada- I've got CD4s to spare and I have never, ever been genotyped for HLA antigens, or the phenotypes of my virus determined-CCR4 or CCR5 co-receptor-not a damn thing so growing the virus out wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing (more information); and I've been undetectable for years.

Low and behold, after stopping the drug, my health improved. I know the drug has lowered the community viral burden and thus the infection rate and has slowed the progression of the disease so I am certainly not advocating or suggesting everyone (or anyone) dropping it. I just think the guidelines for determining the toxicity of this class in LTS needs to be re-examined.

For the record I'm not an MD and you should heed the advice of your own physician; I'm just sharing my experience with Truvada-a purportedly safe drug with tolerable side effects.

So far as joining clinical trials I've never had the option: I live in a ex low incidence state where few numbers means fewer trials. 
Am I Infected? / Re: flipping out?
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 12:57:10 AM »
She peed on you, that's what has you worried.

No risk at all for HIV, it is safe for you to move on, no if's or but's about it.

Am I Infected? / Re: flipping out?
« Last post by oc82 on Today at 12:51:17 AM »
Sorry pc stalled and auto typed and did not save   please re read.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Toxic Effects of NRTIs
« Last post by Mishma on Today at 12:50:56 AM »
Still chewing this over. To my mind it is doubtful that Dolutegravir alone is keeping the virus at bay, at least in the bloodstream, suggesting some aspect of natural immunity. And given 30+ year it would go to reason that this could occur.

Which leads back to my original point: drug toxicity, leading to poor health, weak bones, retention of water, restore thermo-regulation, a "retreat" if you will of lipodystrophy. Which begs the question, how many more of us are suffering drug toxicities that don't show up in so called "routine" testing and specifically, no bone density scans and non-conclusive kidney and liver functions.

It is not as if these drugs we take are "tailored made" for us so we may suffer the fate of the "average" tissue levels, clearance and the like companies shoot for in drug dosing.

My proposal: Determine if patients, especially those  experienced (LTS) with UVLs, to take the Least amount of antivirals period. There comes a point where the side effects overwhelm the advantages.
Am I Infected? / Re: flipping out?
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 12:32:59 AM »

5 weeks is very early to test.

Guidelines are to test at 6 weeks past any incident and then at 13 weeks to confirm the result.  You can read about testing here:HIV Testing

As for the symptoms we don't discuss them here however nothing you mentioned is HIV specific so if you are sick speak to your Doctor.
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. As you are sexually active, it is highly recommended that you get a full sexual health check-up / screening at least annually including but not limited to hiv testing.

Remember 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 for all STI's including HIV and 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.

Finally use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, to avoid sexually transmitted hiv infection.

Kind regards


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Am I Infected? / flipping out?
« Last post by oc82 on Today at 12:28:33 AM »
Need help please

I was going to have  sex with women unprotected........unknown status. She could not hold going pee and by mistake she peed  on me and afraid there could of been blood.

I got scared as I did this when I was drunk. At 5 weeks I went for a 4th generation test(antibodys and antrogens) and it came back neg.   A week later I threw up and slept a entire day with diareea for 2 days. No fever as it was 37 degrees celcus.

What's the chances it was a false neg.
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