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Hi. There is not much to say, that's the point  ;D

Let us know how you are doing (well). Take care
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Am I Infected? / Re: Condom flipped over
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 12:56:05 AM »
You read correctly, HIV is far to fragile to be transmitted in the way you are concerned with and fluids outside the human body are not infectious for HIV the instant they are exposed to small changes and PH levels . HIV becomes instantly damaged and unable to infect so you need not worry about becoming infected in that manner .

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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Am I Infected? / Condom flipped over
« Last post by erjfly2013 on Today at 12:50:09 AM »
This post follows an encounter which occurred about 36 hours ago. I have found some situations similar to mine on the forums here, but would like clarification.
My sex partner was putting on a condom before putting it in me, but tried it the wrong way first, then flipped the condom over, put it on, and put it in. I'm pretty certain there was precum which then entered inside of me.
Replies to other posts have indicated that the virus can only survive a few seconds outside of the body, while others specify a few minutes. It's hard to say how much time elapsed between the precum leaking out, and being inserted into me, but I would have to estimate about 20-30 seconds.
The guy said he tested negative a month ago, but of course there are some limitations to that promise. Also, when we were finished and I was cleaning up, there were no signs of blood from my ass.
Can you please clarify how long the virus can survive outside the body, and how likely infection is to result from exposure to precum?
Of course, I will be testing at regular intervals in the following weeks and months as I continue to stress and worry. Thank you for your responses.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Some Concerns....
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 12:46:04 AM »
HIV is far to fragile to be transmitted outside the human body and that is why no one has ever been infected from a hand job .

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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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: PLEASE READ
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 12:41:50 AM »
Hi Brandon . I moved your thread into the only forum that HIV negative people are allowed to post in for lack of a better fit so please keep your comments in this one thread .

Congrats on your negative HIV status .
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Living With HIV / MOVED: PLEASE READ
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 12:39:02 AM »
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Am I Infected? / Re: Some Concerns....
« Last post by Alittlebitparanoid on Today at 12:28:54 AM »
Thanks Joe!

I just have one follow up question....

In regard to question 4, are you saying that there is no chance of HIV transmission in a 'handjob situation' in which  someone has a small bleeding abrasion on their hand and someone else has a small bleeding abrasion on their genitals?


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Someone I Care About Has HIV / PLEASE READ
« Last post by hopeful112 on Today at 12:04:48 AM »
hi there, my name is brandon and ive visited this site in the past and have read amazing stories throughout the years but i never made an account, i have had a couple of scares that made me cling to this website and for a whole year after a one time exposure i wouldnt get tested because i felt in my heart i had hiv.. after reading everyones stories for some time i was finally encouraged to test, and my results came back negative, but through this site i feel like im apart of you all and i pray all the time for a cure.. u may not know it but im sure there are thousands of people who visit this site and read your stories without even establishing accounts... u guys empower so many people its amazing... anyway the real reason im here is because i was on facebook and seen an article that made me smile and think of everyone from this site... it was from a research lab in philadelphia and scientist did a form of surgery on the infected cells of hiv and the results showed the extinction of hiv in the cells, i would like for you all to take a look at it when you get a chance and keep hope because we are almost there....

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=350465645101348&fref=nf
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda!
« Last post by coco415 on Yesterday at 11:39:37 PM »
andy  y jeff alas 7 semanas e probado y salio negativo con una prueba de antibodies. gracias por el apoyo ke me brindaron soy una persona muy nerviosa y ahora si ya entendi mejor no ponerme en esta situacion otra vez.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Undetectable.
« Last post by Since1993 on Yesterday at 11:37:56 PM »

This is as opposed to someone who has been poz and untreated for years. There comes a time when their body can no longer mount such a strong defence against hiv, and so once again the VL rises to high numbers such as those seen in early infection. When someone starts meds this late in the game, it can take months to become UD.

You've also had an excellent CD4 recovery. If you had been someone who had untreated hiv for years, not only would it have taken longer for you to reach UD, you may have also struggled for quite some time to get your CD4 levels back up to normal levels.

17 years untreated, 120,000 VL, 25 CD4 count.

It only took 7 weeks on Atripla to become undetectable and 1 1/2 years to get CD4 count > 200.  Becoming undetectable is much easier than recovering CD4 count in later stage HIV infection.
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