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Living With HIV / Re: why VL is not undetectable
« Last post by longma99 on Today at 04:13:48 AM »
one typo
one tablet isentress in the morning at 10:30AM and 1 truvada and 1 isentress in the evening at 13:30PM).
should be
one tablet isentress in the morning at 10:30AM and 1 truvada and 1 isentress in the evening at 10:30PM).
Living With HIV / why VL is not undetectable
« Last post by longma99 on Today at 04:01:37 AM »
Hello all,

Did you hear similar case? My VL is around 60 copies/ml after 6 month treatment.

11/15/2014 CD4 254 VL 816,000
12/15/2014 CD4 320 VL<500 the accuracy level is 500 in my city
01/15/2015 CD4 440 VL<500
didn;'t test the CD4 and VL until recently
05/01/2015 CD4 500 VL=60  not undetectable! I flew to other city for better results. The accuracy level is 20 copies/ml

I am taking truvada and Isentress (one tablet isentress in the morning at 10:30AM and 1 truvada and 1 isentress in the evening at 13:30PM). in the past 5.5 months I did for 5 times, I took 1 truvada and 1 insentress in the morning (should be just one isentress).

Any diea on the results? Any suggestion?

Estoy infectado? / Re: ayudaaa! estoy muy angustiada.
« Last post by goripass on Today at 02:04:07 AM »
Wao gabriela es tan dificil yodo esto yo tambien estoy en la misma situacion por sexo oral y me cayo algo de semen en la boca cual escupi me siento debastado hace 2 aņos que no tengo vida pensando que puedo estar ocupado la verdad el tema es tan delicado y no hay informacion exacta sobre sexo oral dios nos proteja y permita que no estemos infectados. En otras paginas si dan el sexo oral como riesgo y es contradictorio saludos .
Am I Infected? / Re: PEP , ars and testing
« Last post by taylorbrew on Today at 01:28:49 AM »
the condom broke while having anal sex and I was the receiver

would a PCR test just after finishing PEP give an idea ? or does truvada suppress the viral load ?
I know pcr is not used for testing but I am willing to pay for it even if the insurance does not cover it ... I guess you all know how stressful this is
Does condom protect  fresh cuts and abrasions??????::from  getting hiv?????
Off Topic Forum / Re: About to have dental implants done
« Last post by tednlou2 on Today at 01:01:39 AM »
I chipped my two front teeth and had crowns or veneers put on.  Not sure the difference really.  To get all my teeth to look the same, they also put them on four other healthy teeth.  They sawed down all 6 teeth.  They literally looked like a saw, or something out of a scary movie.  The new teeth went over those saw teeth.  I was in the dental chair for 6 hours.  Not fun.

I also had this done at a dental school.  That could be why it took so long.  I just learned they all have to be replaced.  They didn't close the margins (dental speak) and it allowed food to get in.  The director was really pissed and she wasn't shy about saying it.  She said that was something they easily would have known and should have immediately remedied.  Soon after they were done, I complained about discoloration up around the gums.  The dental student said that was some blood and would go away.  It didn't.  We hope there isn't much decay.  I am actually not too upset, because I wasn't happy with the look.  They looked too fake.  They will now add more ridges or whatever, to make them look more real.  We are also going lighter.  I want to have my teeth whitened, but couldn't whiten too much, because I was stuck with the shade of the crowns/veneers.  They are paying to have them replaced, which is like $6,000 or somewhere around there.

It sounds like you don't have existing teeth to saw down, to do the procedure I had.  I know there is the procedure where the teeth snap into something they surgically implant into your gum.  Is that what they are doing?  The teeth can be snapped in and out. 
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Tested Positive While on Truvada
« Last post by mecch on Today at 12:59:12 AM »
Nice post Brandyn.
Are you HIV+?
At first thought, I would think telling everyone would be a good thing.  But, I can see how it could actually cause more problems. 

If your family and friends treat you differently and act worried they could be infected, then that would cause hurt.  If you offer someone a sip of your drink and they turn it down, that could cause some to question why they turned it down.  Is it because of HIV?  It could be they just didn't want a drink.  Or, they may really have some fears about it.  That would surely cause hurt feelings, in so many.  I can see how some fellow pozzies would start to question everything.  Did the coworker, who always came to my cookouts, cancel because they think HIV is in the food? 

I can see how it could be so liberating, but also see how it could bring on hurt and anger.  Not wanting to deal with negative behavior or perceived negative behavior is the main reason I've not told anyone.  I know I could not handle well people not wanting to eat something I made, for example.  I've made some things that people just didn't find appetizing and it was barely touched.  If a told them my status and that happened, I know I would likely think it was due to HIV. 

It is kinda similar to knowing where someone stands on marriage equality.  For those family and friends who I've learned are against it, I kinda wish I didn't know.  It caused so much hurt feelings and anger.  There are a few family members we will be cordial with, but the relationship is damaged and we won't do family things together, unless forced. 

thanks :-)
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