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Am I Infected? / Re: Testing in the UK around 13 years ago
« Last post by Wade on Yesterday at 08:50:36 AM »
We are not doctors , we are volunteers living with HIV.
I can only repeat what Jim has advised if this is a worry for you simply get tested and put your mind at ease. Nothing we can say is going to do that.
If this is your only concern you can expect a negative result.

Best, Wade
Am I Infected? / Re: Testing in the UK around 13 years ago
« Last post by Janeuk on Yesterday at 08:34:50 AM »
Do yous think if I were infected with any other virus at this time hep b and c ect,the hiv test would still be conclusive.been reading different things on this sorry mind on overdrive, thank you
Off Topic Forum / Re: how hot is it where you are?
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 08:02:37 AM »
Biggest downside of really hot weather here, is that all the creepy crawlies seem to appear. Nothing like the killer creepy crawlies you get in Australia or the Deep South I'm sure, but still...
the worst part of moving from Ohio back to the Carolinas is that it never gets cold enough here to kill off the bugs. I still see flies, mosquitoes, spiders, and fleas in the colder winter months too.

I don't think South Carolina has seen a day below 90 since May. We've had probably two weeks worth of days spread across the summer so far that have been over 100, reaching up to 110 at the first of last week. This has been a terribly hot summer. So hot even the pool water has been up to 98 several times. And that's disgusting! It's so warm it's like swimming in a pool of urine.
Living With HIV / Re: Are You Ditching Condoms?
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 07:45:28 AM »
I started meds in January.  Been UD since at least April.  My partner and I decided to ditch condoms.
looking at the PARTNER study, all the hetero couples had had their poz partner UD for 3 years, all the homosexual couples for UD for at least 2 years. The study has NOT released a result about how long someone needs to be UD before no transmission happen.

Y'all have not yet met the criteria for that study by being UD for 3 months, and there has been no data that says that 3 months is long enough.

tbh I have almost always used condoms with all my partners since I started having sex in 1981. I even still use condoms with my current poz partner. In seems every time I haven't used condoms during sex I've either gotten an STI or a UTI - neither which are any fun. So I don't take the risk. ;) plus I think condoms make the clean up afterwards a lot easier.
Off Topic Forum / Re: how hot is it where you are?
« Last post by ARMANDO on Yesterday at 07:37:36 AM »
with the heat index 104,here in SAN ANTONIO TEXAS and the humidity is right up there too!!!
Off Topic Forum / Re: Any of the old school members still lurking?
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 06:36:48 AM »
Thomas, it's wonderful to read you and your wife are back together!  I know how that was effecting you.  And hey...I totally get the thrill of kids moving out (even though it's a little bittersweet) and using the rooms for other purposes.  When my roommate's son moved out we turned his room into a guest room.  Now people don't have to sleep on the couch lol.  Continued well wishes to you!

Living With HIV / Re: Zach's Thread
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 06:24:36 AM »
That's good to hear Zach, I know you can use some good days.

Living With HIV / Re: long time no writing
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on Yesterday at 05:43:55 AM »
Hi from Japan.
Could l get advice from the people who went back to your regular work after recovering from any Ol s?  For the past two years l have worked less than before but these days, my job place has been asking me to work more hours.  A bit worried if it will not be good since l might be physically not what l was?  I would appreciate if anyone could share his or her experience.
Thank you.
Living With HIV / Re: Are You Ditching Condoms?
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 04:21:40 AM »
Are You Ditching Condoms?

Guess I'm curious how many believe that is the case and whether you've decided to ditch condoms with your consenting partner(s)? 

Me personally no.

My reasons are not HIV transmission related, i have very little to no concerns regarding that.

My main reasons are to protect myself against other STI's and the risk of fathering a 3rd child. 2 are more than enough. Now i know not everybody will have the same concerns i have. 

Not reading into headlines, the studies have provided much clarity on the subject of HIV transmission whilst successfully on treatment, however no study is ever going announce that there absolutely no risk of transmission even when they find no transmission during the studies.

That said i think you are worrying to much, if your partner is conformable with the knowledge and ditching condoms and so are you than that is great for you.

Am I Infected? / Re: Broken Condom incident
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 03:40:01 AM »

All i can give you is general guidelines to test at 6 weeks and 13 weeks to confirm. That said i do not expect the result you have to change.


You think the condom broke and have taken PEP to prevent infection and have now finished the course so test 6 & 13 weeks post finishing the course to confirm your negative status.
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