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Estoy infectado? / Re: Cruising Oral
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 03:53:31 PM »
Teoricamente solamente sexo con su mano es 100% seguro. Pero sabemos desde tanto tiempo por la epidemia que solamente la copula vaginal y anal sin usando los condones son riesgos confirmados.

Las cuentas de transmicion desde sexo oral por  varios razones no son fiable.

No estoy esperando otra que un resultado negativo para ti.
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / SSDI Continuing Disability Review
« Last post by Schnauzer on Yesterday at 03:29:34 PM »

I am wondering if anyone in the forums who has been awarded SSDI due to HIV has had to go through a "Continuing Disability Review."  In my award letter it states that my disability would be reviewed in 5-7 years, but technically speaking, the SSA is supposed to screen out cases that were awarded due to HIV (https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0428003005).  I'm told, though, that occasionally HIV disabled do, in fact, get flagged for CDR. 

I'm coming up on my fifth year and I'm getting a bit stressed out about this.  Any information would be helpful.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Cruising Oral
« Last post by MFrançois on Yesterday at 03:03:21 PM »
Entiendo lo que me dicen y agradezco por sus respuestas. Creo que debo hacerlo por mi paz mental. Pero, ¿Por qué creen que aquellas personas se contagiaron de VIH por sexo oral? En mi caso nunca hubo ni sangre ni semen, creo que tampoco fluidos preseminales. ¿Ustedes conocen algún caso reciente o dentro de los foros que haya experimentado y haya salido al final positivo? ¿Tiene algo que ver los linfocitos reactivos?

Muchas gracias.
Living With HIV / Re: Would some of you freak out?
« Last post by drewm on Yesterday at 02:40:38 PM »
I had my first heart attack on a Friday evening in July of 01.  I ignored the symptoms and went to work on Monday morning as usual.  My boss took one look at me and ordered me to head straight to the hospital which was very close to us.  She had a co-worker drive me.

After being tested in the ER, they came in and said my heart enzyme test was positive and moved me to a room with another person in it.  I sat and chatted with my co-worker until the cardiologist showed up.  Andi stepped right outside the room so we could discuss my situation.  Within mere moments, the doctor stated that according to my chart, I'm HIV positive. 

I kinda didn't hear a whole lot more after that.  Andi later explained to me that she heard the doctor and was very supportive through the years.  Later that day, my roommate whispered to his visitors that I had HIV.  Of course I whispered loudy that I did.  :)

Of course, payback can be hell and so can FULL disclosure. Payback might be announcing loudly at the receptionists window how thankful I am that the doctor sees patients like me who have TEH AIDS! Especially with other people waiting to be seen ;)
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Juicing (and not the fruit kind)
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 02:05:36 PM »
^^++ that stuff ms p just said
Off Topic Forum / question for florida members
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 02:00:15 PM »
way off topic... south florida people, i know you see what i'm talking about

aluminum frame screened swimming pool enclosures, screen lanais, entryways... that type of thing

do you see rescreen work being done? if so where?

no, i don't pray for hurricanes. not even light ones, that just blow out screens without taking down trees and stormsurge or injury  ::)
Am I Infected? / Re: Help..Possible unprotected brief bottom
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 01:18:48 PM »
I will address the major issue first ... We can not address or do anything about your HIV phobia so please discuss that with your doctor and psychologist ... its not that we don't care, its we know from experience there is nothing we can do for phobias and anxiety .

If you think you were briefly penetrated with a penis then although its a lower risk its still a risk you must test for . I read your questions about testing, You can test at 6 weeks past any possible unprotected anal or vaginal sex and again at 3 months to confirm the results and since its doubtful you had a risk and it was of short duration you should expect a negative result .   

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 .

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? / Help..Possible unprotected brief bottom
« Last post by Worried Sick UK on Yesterday at 01:05:44 PM »
Hi there,

I'm from the UK, and bi, and have been reading this site over the years. I am aware that I have had HIV anxiety, and previously been worried to death about low risk activities such as oral. I have then tested knowing it;s the right this to do and come out negative, wondering why I was so worried.
Exactly 2 weeks and 4 days ago, I went to a sauna in London. I rarely practice penetrative sex, and when I have done in the past, always use a condom. This time around however, I was very drunk...high on poppers. A man was behind me, and all that happened was finger stimulation. In the heat of the moment, I felt what was his penis penetrate me, I recall it was painful, however very brief, def less than 10 seconds...possible 5. I have only had receptive anal once before, so I know this was only partial penetration. I was drunk so was a bit of a blurr. I recall feeling violated, and asked if that was his penis...he said no...just fingers, but sounded very shady, and walked away immediately. I remember feeling violated and walked out of the sauna in a panic. I remember feeling upset because I am always so cautious.
I even thought of PEP, but though maybe I was being over paranoid so the doctor wouldn't think it was necessary.
Since then there have been periods were I felt feverish, but I knew it wasn't ars as it only lasted a day. I then paniced as I noticed my knees were flaky and dry. I also developed a sty on my eye which I have never had in my life. I am sort of aware a stye has nothing to do with ars, but I had read it can be a manifestation...similar to a mouth ulcer. I keep telling myself, stop symptom searching...here I am back on the internet in a dark place.
It's nearly three weeks and I just test out of the way...today I woke up with a full on fever, and feel sick now. Just when I convinced myself to not worry, smack, a full on symptom.
I know the only way to know is a test...if I do test poz, my life will turn upside down...not because of my fear of being ill, but because i've been in a 7 year straight relationship with a woman who doesn't deserve this. It will ruin both our lives, I'll have to look for a new home..friends will turn there back on me because I cheated...no one even knows i'm bi.
I feel very much alone in this, and waiting six weeks is torture. If I test in 3 weeks, does that indicate anything? Does my fever have to be very hi to be relevant to ars? I keep reading mixed messaged, were some people say mild symptoms, and others say, you would really know. Today I feel feverish in a way I have never felt before. I went shopping with my girlfriend and felt like I wanted to collapse, so we came home. By the way we haven't slept together for over a year, so I'm not worried about that side of things. Also if the penetration was very brief, no cum, and very shallow, does that make the risk less?
Any help would be appreciated...I'm finding life very hard at the moment :(
In Memoriam / Re: Tim Van Nattan
« Last post by Lis on Yesterday at 12:41:58 PM »
I just spoke to Bob.. matty I need you
As far as the financial blackmail, I am not gonna be pollyanna and encourage you to stop playing along.  But please recognise you are being blackmailed and that is one of the very lowest things one human can do to others... 

If you feel you have to "play along" and placate them or be homeless, make sure you really are just playing along AND that you and your husband are figuring out a way to leave that frigging house and escape the blackmail.

I personally feel your parents behaviour has the potential to eat your soul and destroy your marriage and the sooner you can escape ALL bonds that tie them to you, you will have more power to dictate ALL terms of their contact with you and their grandchildren.

Shame shame and double shame on them.

Courage to you.
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