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Off Topic Forum / Re: Interview the Person Below You
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 11:01:40 AM »
A) "Feck" or "Feckless"

Q) Best Christmas gift you got or that you gave someone ? (Excluding STI's or pregnancy) 
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: This is my story
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 08:44:33 AM »
You can have sex with a condom.  There is no need to wait for PrEP time limits. 

You seem to want to only have condomless sex but sex with condoms is safesex and we can do it right away.  I had 2 HIV+ boyfriends in the 80's when there was no treatment, and I didn't get HIV then because we used condoms.

actually she can (and should) remain on PrEP for as long as y'all continue to have sex.

TasP (treatment as prevention when a poz person is UD and doesn't transmit HIV), PrEP (pre exposure prophylaxis, and condoms are all "tools in the HIV prevention toolbox". While any one method is good, using two methods is the best practice to keep any HIV transmission from happening.

If we had a like button the above two posts, would get a big thumbs up. Condoms, TaSP and PrEP are great tools in HIV prevention, use them. Use a combination, now take my home situation in Ireland we have no PrEP so the choice is very easy for me its TaSP and Condoms.

TaSP on its own is a great fact to reassure us, however as stand alone prevention its not something i could recommend personally as it simply has too many variables/conditions and failure points. Combination of prevention tools would be what i recommend anyone.

@OP
Look each to his own but you know by now how HIV is transmitted and can take steps to reduce the risk to a point that both you and your wife are comfortable with.

Jim
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: This is my story
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 08:14:35 AM »
Although I find the "Welcome Aboard" line so nasty... so vane... so unrealistic...
that's why if you follow the posts here, you'll see that people almost always say/type "while we're sorry you had to look for this site, we are glad that you found this site which is filled with info and support". No one I've ever heard/read says "welcome aboard"  ;)
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: This is my story
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 08:10:21 AM »
But hopefully she only needs to be on PrEP for the 6 months.
actually she can (and should) remain on PrEP for as long as y'all continue to have sex.

TasP (treatment as prevention when a poz person is UD and doesn't transmit HIV), PrEP (pre exposure prophylaxis, and condoms are all "tools in the HIV prevention toolbox". While any one method is good, using two methods is the best practice to keep any HIV transmission from happening.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Preocupado por sexo con prostituta
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 07:59:00 AM »
No hay un riesgo en su cuenta.  Sexualmente solamente la copula vaginal y anal sin usando los condones son riesgos confirmados por el VIH.  Nada mas es un riesgo sexualmente.  No tiene que probar.  Adelante con su vida normal.

No se como puedo a ser mas claro que estas sin riesgo para el VIH, y probando es innecesario excepto si desea a hacerlo SOLAMENTE por su paz mental.  Puede continuar su vida normal.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Puedo descartarlo ya?
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 07:56:04 AM »
Generalmente un resultado negativo a 12 semanas es seguro Las excepciones para probar hacia fuera a 6 meses son cuando el uso de la droga intravenoso esta implicado, el sistema inmune seriamente comprometido debido desde algo como un trasplante del organo o la otra enfermedad severa como cancer.
57
AIDS Activism / Re: 2nd year of Motivational Speaking
« Last post by Angel-Ronnie on Yesterday at 07:20:46 AM »
with our government not being to visible or out there regarding HIV, I have realised that the private sector has become more involved with HIV awareness and educating their staff.

my 2nd session I had 150 people attend the company's HIV awareness day. the bigger the audience the more I enjoy it. I had so many questions afterwards, one that struck me was "knowing what you know now, dealing with hiv and your diagnoses for eighteen months on your own, what advise do you have for newly infected and diagnosed people?"

it was just the question I most likely waited for, for so long and my answer to him was instead of trying to deal with it on your own is to find a counsellor or a person that have dealt with it, someone you can talk to, raise your concerns, a friend that will not judge you but be there every step of the way with you.

since our government don't care I feel it I can make a difference even if I can help just one at a time I know I've done more than our government.



 
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Can't recall if missed a dose
« Last post by bocker3 on Yesterday at 07:01:31 AM »
For the last 3 weeks i`ve had a trapped nerve in my neck which means i cant sleep lying down..i have to try sleeping sitting upright.. with predictable results.As a consequence i`ve been yo yoing with my meds between 8 and 10 throughout the 3 weeks.I wonder if this can compromise  effectiveness?

And Merry Christmas to all,love and best wishes for a season not without its stresses.. and a special thanks to the mods here for all their selfless work and no less skill and patience.xo

I've been taking my meds between 8 and 12 for 10+ years now, with not a single blip.  I'd say you've got nothing to worry about here.  Meds today have quite a bit of "flexibility" built into them, so a few hours difference in dosing isn't going to be of concern.
Now go stand in the corner and get some sleep.   ;)  Just kidding, I hope your pinched nerve gets better quickly!!!
Mike

Mike
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Can't recall if missed a dose
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 06:58:00 AM »
Hi

It does not need to be down to the exact min adherent.

Few hours each way will not make any difference with Genvoya however for your own "routine" I would recommend trying to keep to near enough the exact time daily.

As always you should check if unsure with the doc, but between 8-10 daily is adherent.

Jim

https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/hiv-treatment-adherence
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Another blip?
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 06:46:40 AM »
Hi

Look if you are adherent to the meds than you are doing nothing wrong and you have only had 1 minor blip of above 50 copies and the follwing VL test it was below 50 again so seems well under controle and no reason to worry at all.

It simply was a blip and it can happen nothing to worry about at all, now it might be diffrent if you kept having blips in the 200's but this was a once off in the 60's range ...

Your doctor is also keeping track of this and you need to also trust them that they know what they are doing  ;)

Take it easy, take your meds and don't stress it.

Jim

https://www.poz.com/article/viral-blips-raise-risk-hiv-treatment-failure
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