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Living With HIV / Re: It Gets Better
« Last post by JosephP on Yesterday at 10:58:38 PM »
And I thought my forgetfulness was age related! I do, also, sometimes get up from my desk with a determined purpose just to have forgotten it when I got there...Words, simple words escape my memory sometimes.. I haven't forgotten to take my meds but my cell makes me come back at least twice a week!
Estoy infectado? / Necesito ayuda Urgente
« Last post by cesar on Yesterday at 10:56:21 PM »
Estimado Dr Andy.
Soy cesar de Chile, estoy demasiado preocupado ya que hace 8 días tuve una relación con un hombre. Donde  yo le practique sexo oral y posterior sólo él me penetro con preservativo analmente, y no acabo dentro sino fuera de mí.
Cree Ud que me encuentre infectado de Vih? Corrí riesgo alguno como para realizarme el test de Vih? O es sólo cargo de conciencia por ser infiel.
Favor ayúdeme con esas respuestas.

Saludos cordiales

Living With HIV / Re: i am undetectable
« Last post by JosephP on Yesterday at 10:32:59 PM »
Happy for you!!! Those little buggers are now under check!! And the cd4s will have only one way to go: up! ;D
That's the point of saying "it's not all bad news." 

The disappointing statistics don't disqualify the positive ones.  99% of people retained in care receive treatment.  That's a positive statement and it didn't always be that way, even just a few years ago.

I've been on Stribild now for a year and some days I feel great others a bit off. Is it the meds? or the HIV? My doctor thinks is something else..Nothing to worry. I do get a very mild headache once in a while, but like you say, very minor...In the background!
Like your posts on our common journey! :)
Estoy infectado? / Re: corro riesgo?
« Last post by Pete.L on Yesterday at 10:22:32 PM »
Hola, una pregunta, es malo hacerse tests cada semana? tengo ya variost tests negativos desde la semana cuatro hasta la 11, me los he hecho cada 7 u 8 dias, probando tan seguido podria afectar los resultados?
La enfermera me ha dicho que la cantidad de sangre es muy poca, gracias de antemano!

Hi, my question is if is bad to test every week? a have several negative test since week 4 to week 11, i get tested every 7 or 8 days, testing that often could affect the results? the nurse told me that the quantity o blood they take is to little, thanks in advance
Off Topic Forum / Re: A few things I have been thinking about...
« Last post by idee on Yesterday at 10:19:16 PM »
good luck with the bactrim, i've been taking it daily since march, hasn't killed me yet

i won't ask for dirty lesbian stories, but i'm all ears, just sayin

school sucks, no easy way there. i just talked my son out of dropping out. statistics and calculus have him stressed.

you will make it. jeez, medical terminology?! bring that in here, collectively we're probably expert

i'm so glad to hear you've put the legal stresses behind you. don't live in fear.

most importantly... your daughter loves you!

My daughter ended up picking out new winter gloves. That's all she wanted today. We are going to order some Levis online since our small city stores only carry Levis for men.
I am waiting to see if my medical terminology instructor will let me turn in last Wednesday's assignment tomorrow.
I have been fatigued from either a cold or flu. My nose is runny, but my throat is so bad I am unable to talk right now. Which is strange since my husband and daughter only had runny noses and no throat problems.
I guess things effect people differently sometimes.
AIDS Activism / Re: HIV Hysteria & Facts
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 10:14:51 PM »

After I gave it some thought, I realize the utter arrogance :P of some people.  Unless you lived in isolation, you knew HIV existed.  Stop blaming others, because nobody spoon fed you prevention information, when you knew it existed.  Stop blaming others for your own mistakes. 

To me, that is what this is all about for some of you.
I'm not arrogant and I'm not blaming anyone for my aids.. I just disagree with you

I Just Tested Poz / Re: A bitter-sweet anniversary!
« Last post by JosephP on Yesterday at 10:14:10 PM »
Thank You, Joe and A2L! It has been tough.. It has been difficult...It has been ...well, everything! Let's keep on fighting... ;D ;D
In regard to the OP linked story from AIDSMEDS:

"The CDC found that, among the MSM diagnosed with HIV in the United States, an estimated 77.5 percent were linked to care within three months, with 50.9 percent of the total retained in care, 49.5 percent prescribed antiretrovirals (ARVs) and just 42 percent virally suppressed."

I guess one's interpretation is a glass half-full, half-empty type thing, or how you slice the pie, but the copy editor who wrote the headline clearly does not think it's a good thing, nor does the writer of the story who consistently uses the modifier "just."  Sure, if you just look at those prescribed ARV's, you could boast that more than 80 percent (42 percent of the 49.5 percent) are virally suppressed, but the reality is that only 42 percent of the 100 percent of positives are virally suppressed, a much bleaker picture, if you are looking at all the positives (which would mean that 58 percent of positives are still capable of transmitting HIV, right?). 

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