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Off Topic Forum / Re: Drag Race 6
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 09:20:01 PM »
i dont have tv... most of the time that really doesn't bother me... but this i'd be glued to  8)
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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: my brother has AIDS
« Last post by absopozilutely on Yesterday at 09:16:43 PM »
Damn where's the like button for Jeff's comment. Thank you moderators!
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Drag Race 6
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 09:02:08 PM »
I liked most of Trinity's looks and she's decent enough under pressure but behind the scenes she is one major debbie downer. It pains me to say I found her spiel on her HIV+ to be deluded or, worse, insincere. She really lacked in confidence. Mind you, the producers "shape" the personalities we see so who really knows the real person for any of these bitches. They are pushed to play roles and a lots seems scripted.
Joslyn Fox is likeable as a guy and nothing special as a drag queen.  I tended to pick favourites this year based on their appeal as guys. When my favourite guy and favourite drag got kicked off, Milk, I latched onto Adore Delano. (April Carrion was sooooo cute, though, no? Trinity is cute a boy, but again, what a chip on the shoulder.) 
Im having a hard time getting excited about any of them and therefore haven't regretted the loss of those kicked off so far.
BenDeLaCreme, Adore Delano, and Josyln Fox all seem like people you could enjoy spending time with as men and as drag queens.  Bianca Del Rio probably deserves to win but who cares, really.  She's not vulnerable, she's not pretty, she's not avant garde or kookie but she's skilful and smart.
Adore Delano is the wild card who I like to watch. She's messy but compelling enough and would probably keep growing and surprising people with her performances if she won.
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Google Glass goes on sale tomorrow
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 08:42:46 PM »
Didn't you guys see that movie The Jerk ... untested eye wear can make you cross eyed .
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Am I Infected? / Re: PEP started after 60 hours-Risk Assessment?
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 08:39:18 PM »
My questions/concerns: 1) Assuming he didn't use a condom and did in fact finish inside me, how probable is HIV transmission if indeed he is positive?

We cant give odds on HIV transmission but receptive anal sex is of the highest of risk for HIV .

2) Will PEP be effective despite the fact that I started relatively late?

PEP is very effective when initiated within 72 hours so you have every reason to be optimistic that you will come out of this OK . PEP extends the testing window period to 6 weeks past pep and again at 3 months to confirm the results .

You need to wise up and start using condoms or you will end up like me spending all day and night on the internet telling strangers how to avoid getting HIV ... and HIV positive just like me . Don't be like me .

There is not much more you can do at this point but take your meds faithfully and then test a the appropriate time . 

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!
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Drag Race 6
« Last post by buginme2 on Yesterday at 08:31:36 PM »
Anyone else still watching? 

I can't believe Josyln Fox was kept and Trinity kicked off.  Yes, no one can understand a word Trinity says and continuously called Chaz Bono Chad... but her look is so much more developed than Josyln.

And that hippopotamus Darrian Lake..has got to go.

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Am I Infected? / Re: A little panicked
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 08:25:35 PM »
You didn't have a risk for HIV in this specific incident so you can rest easy over that .

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.

The mouth ulcers may well be herpes so be careful having sexual contact while you are having outbreaks because you stand a good chance of passing it on .

You are young and not that experienced sexually so please read the advice below carefully and take it to heart . Now is the time to start doing the responsible thing by getting regular sexual health checkups .
 
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.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , 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!
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Google Glass goes on sale tomorrow
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 08:16:02 PM »
they will be banned while driving
Google glass isn't much different than a phone with a heads up display. some cars already have HUD, so there probably won't be a ban coming


I want the contacts, and I want a chip in my brain a la Johnny Mnemonic or maybe a jack in the back of my head. (What was that movie where they had jacks in the back of their heads?? No not the Matrix. this would have been a late 70, early 80s movie.) although I guess now it would be a USB port. LOL
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Am I Infected? / PEP started after 60 hours-Risk Assessment?
« Last post by 1nnedofhelp on Yesterday at 08:15:33 PM »
Hello all,

This past weekend I had a sexual encounter with a total stranger whose HIV status I'm unsure of. I engaged in receptive and insertive oral with him, unprotcted and without ejaculation. I also participated in insertive AND receptive anal intercourse with him. When I was the insertive partner, I used a condom at first. After a few minutes he removed it because I wasn't staying erect enough, and I finished inside him unprotected. The part that scares me is that I don't know if he used a condom and/or finished inside me when I was receptive. I had never bottomed before, and since I had no frame of reference on what protected vs unprotected/ejaculated or not would feel like, and stupidly didn't insist on condom use, I sought PEP and took it approximately 60 hours from possible exposure.

My questions/concerns: 1) Assuming he didn't use a condom and did in fact finish inside me, how probable is HIV transmission if indeed he is positive?

2) Will PEP be effective despite the fact that I started relatively late?

3) If PEP were to fail to subdue HIV, would I seroconvert while on PEP, including symptoms?

Please, anything you can offer would be helpful. I feel alone and terrified.
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Am I Infected? / A little panicked
« Last post by conforza on Yesterday at 08:08:28 PM »
I think I am probably overreacting but I need some sort of advice because I have a tendency to panic about this sort of thing:

I am an eighteen year old gay male. I've only ever had insertive unprotected anal sex once, and the receiver subsequently tested negative - I am not worried about that. That was in February 2013. Since then, however, I have had three sexual encounters, two of which were with the same guy:

In September 2013 I had protected insertive anal sex and gave unprotected oral sex to a gay male.

Last week, I gave unprotected oral sex to another gay male, with a mouth ulcer. This guy hasn't been tested for HIV for a while but has not had unprotected anal sex since he last was tested negative.

And yesterday, I gave unprotected oral sex to the same guy as I did in September, with a much smaller mouth ulcer.

It's the second encounter I am most concerned about - I did it on the Wednesday evening and started feeling mildly under the weather on Monday morning, though no fever, only a mildly blocked nose, and a little bit of muscle ache in my thumb and arms. Today I noticed a small mouth ulcer developing and also have been feeling a little fatigued, though this might be down to working manually today.

Questions are as such:
- Is it possible to undergo seroconversion after four-and-a-half days?
- How large is the risk I have exposed myself to?

I appreciate I am probably overreacting far too much and apologise in advance, could just do with a bit of reassurance! Thank you!
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