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Living With HIV / Re: Consequences of 'catching' HIV-1 again
« Last post by mecch on Today at 06:43:15 AM »
  I don't think I'm some elite controller I think it's just a slow to possibly no increase rate in VL..

I think you deserve answers to your particular immune response. If the answers are available. If you are hoping to have no increase in VL, then that sounds kinda like an elite controller. 

Also I think you should get an answer about your individual risk vis-a-vis barebacking without treatment. If you are indeed fortunate enough to not need treatment for some time, then it seems to me a doctor should tell you to your face what re-infection might mean specifically to you, since you are in unique situation.. 

In other words, if your doctor isn't interesting in answering these questions or offering expertise and informed opinion, why don't you try to find a specialist who will.   
Every "special interest" group has an editorialist who has some gripe with media representations. Or wants this or that in mainstream media.

I don't like entertainment that is created to treat a "special interest". But sure, why not, some HIV+ characters here or there, sure I'm all for it.
Living With HIV / Re: I fired my doctor
« Last post by mecch on Today at 06:33:01 AM »
buginme2 -
Good for you.  5 minute consultation. Never a physical exam. And patchy followup? Why is he considered a great doctor?  Sounds like a rip off to me.
Living With HIV / Re: I fired my doctor
« Last post by PuppyCub on Today at 05:51:26 AM »

Hey! You're from the state I am! Yay! LOL


I recently had to switch my doctor from one up in Tacoma down to one in Olympia (I'm in the southern portion of the state). Now mind you, mine wasn't as bad as yours. They actually had things going on outside of the job.

I hope your new doctor does you some good though. When in doubt, find a new one! Guarantee you, I would if they didn't take the time with me that I felt at least necessary to my well being when it comes to my regime and health.

Mine actually makes sure that I take mine every day (I have to take my pill bottles in every time I see her (once every 4 months) so she has proof (and plus, I tend to be forgetful, LOL)
Estoy infectado? / Re: Cunnilingus (sexo oral a mujer) a una prostituta
« Last post by razzo on Today at 05:38:14 AM »
Si andy pero mi duda es que en las publicaciones de como usar bien el condon dice que tiene q estar erecto, la chica me lo puso sin erectarlo dsps se erecto... luego dice que despies de eyacular debes quitarlo ella saco mi pene de su vagina sujetando el condon pero dure acostdo con el puesto como 5 min despues me lo quite y me lo limpie con una toalla xq no habia baņo entonces mi miedo es en fallar en esas normas
Seems like most things work in the Lab, and on Mice and on Monkeys.....but hardly ever on  humans :(
This matter should be handled with out delay

Retest is not expensive and quick (48h.)

Test error of that amplitude should be rare

The other possibility is that treatment has failed (virologic failure)

Certainly not the end of the world...but requires Hiv specialist to solve that

Keeping taking meds on a failed combo will only add in more resistance

get expert assistance ASAP
If he's already resistant I highly doubt that continuing meds is going to cause "more" resistance. Either he's resistant or not, if it was a lab error him stopping meds would be horrific, damaging advice. Be careful in what you advise people.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: High Cholesterol
« Last post by Tony123 on Today at 01:11:41 AM »
Too bad this vaccine is going to be ready in 2044

    Sorry guys, I'm extremely pessimistic today.

Living With HIV / Re: Stigmatism
« Last post by mecch on Today at 01:02:14 AM »
^ This

I found myself in a conversation this morning with some acquaintances about that horrid AIDS Healthcare Foundation ad... and the discussion turned to PrEP... and then it turned out that everyone at the table was either on PrEP (three guys) or HIV+ and on meds (two guys). I kept quiet since I've been in that "I haven't disclosed but everyone knows" space and afterward realized, fuck it, I just need to get over my own insecurities and be open about my status.

The closet is just not a place I enjoy hanging out.

I find it startling that 6 people would be chatting and 3 are HIV+ and 3 are HIV- and on PREP.  Where was this conversation - face to face?  In a big city? 

I mean what are the odds.

I did read a few months ago that Truvada is in the Top 10 of drugs costs to swiss insurance companies.

Geez, maybe we are going to wake up someday soon with all gay men on truvada!

I suppose thats a good thing.   But I do always worry that other STDs are going to zap us if everyone uses PREP as a justification to bareback...
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