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Su resultado negativo es conclusivo y fiable.

Termina con el drama. Puede resumar su vida intima con su esposa sin dudas.

Y tengo que decir no vamos a continuar una ronda de mas dudas con Vd. Adelante con su vida.
Am I Infected? / Re: Experts, Please, Help!!!!!
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 09:34:09 PM »
Fingering is not a risk for HIV infection, blood or no blood.

The risk factors for HIV are ...

Sharing IV drug needles immediately after use.
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex.
Mother to child during or shortly after birth.
Very specific health care situations.

Use condoms for vaginal and anal sex consistently and correctly and you will avoid HIV infection, it is that simple.

You have not had a risk and you do not need to test over this incident.

Am I Infected? / Experts, Please, Help!!!!!
« Last post by rando12387 on Yesterday at 09:13:58 PM »
Please let me know if I need to test and/or worry -

Went to a strip club - noticed as I was walking in, had a BLEEDING hangnail on the right hand...put some pressure on it....like an idiot, 30-40 minutes later went into the VIP room with a girl.....she fingered herself vigourously and was very wet...she then took the hand with which she fingered herself and grabbed my hand with the bleeding hangnail and thus likely/surely got some of her vaginal fluids on that finger/hangnail area that 30 minutes prior had been bleeding...

Do I need to worry about this encounter? Do I need to test? Or can I move on and not worry about this with regards to HIV? Can I put my mind 100% at ease?

Thanks guys.
Hola de nuevo, Dr. Vélez

Como le comenté, hoy fui a hacerme otra prueba de laboratorio ECLIA 4ta generación a 87 días de riesgo con el hombre y a 73 días de la experiencia de sexo oral que le hice a la mujer (aunque se que esta última no es de riesgo). El resultado fue NO REACTIVO.

¿Vd considera que debo realizarme otra prueba de seguimiento más adelante ó puedo seguir con mi vida?

Me considero sano, no he tenido ningún síntoma en todo este tiempo pero me preocupa tener relaciones sexuales con mi esposa sin protección por una posible seroconversión tardía. ¿Esto es posible? ¿Que me recomienda?

Muchas gracias por todo su apoyo, me siento en gran confianza con Vd.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: just tested positive
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 07:54:06 PM »
hey mecch
thanks a lot of the reply , yes i am on generic truvada called tenvir-EM and branded Isentress, my doctor has told me may be with the starting of ART , it may fight hep C anti body present in my body .

Yes my doctor indeed is one of the best doctor but i want travel only for consultation or if any newer drug is available like triumeq  (which isnt available in india). i am pretty scared at the moment , jus want to rule out my anxiety .
HEP c i am optimistic that it should be taken care by ART as told by my doctor here .
i am happy that generics are available here at much lower costs but branded isentress is available at very high price . my doctor has told me he might shift me on generic atripla called as viraday after three months of this cour1se but the current medication itself are giving me bad vivid dreams and nausea. rest i am all fine .

i am very happy to find people like you who are caring and ready to guide from your own experience .

thank from the bottom of my heart

20-50% of people have a spontaneous (own immune system) clearance of Hep C.  (Self cure.) ART for retrovirals does NOT fight Hep C.    You should ask for clarification on what your doc is saying.  How long have you had Hep C?  Any idea?   I am not a doctor.  I believe if the self cure of Hep C is going to happen, it is in the first year after infection.  That is what happened to me, and that it how my Geneva Switzerland specialist explained it 

What is the plan for Isentress for you then?  Did you get a 3 month supply for free?  Or what?
Am I Infected? / Re: Anxiety or HIV?
« Last post by JALSFM on Yesterday at 06:11:02 PM »
Just checking in regarding my low/no risk situation. I know you've assessed my situation into the ground, but I think keeping a status update might be helpful for others who are concerned/don't take direction too well. I've seen the term "worry-wells" tossed around.

Since my initial post in this forum I've taken 4 tests, all of which came back NEGATIVE. Despite all of my symptoms, stress, anxiety, and fear... I still don't have HIV.

4/24/15: Condom Protected Vaginal Intercourse with Sex Worker
05/10/15: Symptoms Start - Upset Stomach, Nausea, No Appetite, Diarrhea, Fatigue.
05/27/15: Googling Symptoms Sparks HIV Anxiety
05/28/15: Doctor Orders Routine Complete Blood Work (CBC)
06/01/15: All Symptoms Stop - Resume Exercise and Normal Diet
06/15/15: CBC Shows Low White Blood Cell Count (0.1 Below Normal - Doctor Not Concerned At All.)
06/16/15: Googling Low White Blood Cell Count Resumes HIV Anxiety
06/17/15: 3rd Generation Antibody Blood Test - Negative (Day 54)
06/22/15: HIV-1 RNA Qualitative Test - Negative (Day 59)
06/23/15: 3rd Generation Antibody Blood Test - Negative (Day 60)
07/06/15: OraQuick In-Home HIV Swab Test - Negative (Day 73)

At this point... I should give it up. However I cheated on someone very important to me. It's clear I developed a ton of guilt and shame around the situation, however it's becoming clearer and clearer with every test. Guilt and Shame do NOT equal HIV, and neither do symptoms. I will be testing again at 12 weeks, just for the CDC gold seal of approval. Doing so with more confidence.

Living With HIV / Re: First results after begining treatment
« Last post by Denvaux on Yesterday at 06:00:08 PM »
Good stuff TNL!    Remember HIV+ is merely a new skin to live in- and no more than that!     ;)

As to the weight gain as to over eating issue, I'm no expert, but - better you over ate than over drank or over class A drugged! IMO, it's a normal human response to a presumed life threatening stress situation.... learn to chill and be who you are- take sensible advise and all will be fine.
Estoy infectado? / Re: sexo con prostituta.
« Last post by santos2015 on Yesterday at 05:51:03 PM »
Lo se andy. Creo que a la larga tendré que buscar ayuda de terapeuta. Mi esposa volvió a convulsionar el día de hoy. El dar dice q hay q hacer pruebas inmunológicas para descartar alguna enfermedad auto inmune. Hoy se sintio mareada y con Escalofrío Y de pronto volvió a convulsionar. Estoy desesperado andy.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: just tested positive
« Last post by TheNormalLife on Yesterday at 04:42:08 PM »

Following my diagnosis I wanted to contact the best doctors in the world (those who write papers in scientific magazines and such) just to make sure I would be getting top-notch treatment. Then I read a lot in POZ, aidsmeds and these forums and I sort of relaxed.
Heck! I even asked Zach if he'd think would be appropriate for me to travel to Bangkok to get a 6-month cheaper supply of my meds not knowing my insurance (actually the government) provides me with them for free.

Relax, you will be fine. But still, if you want to go to the end of the world, make sure to bring me as travel buddy. :D

Living With HIV / Re: First results after begining treatment
« Last post by TheNormalLife on Yesterday at 04:31:08 PM »
Thank you guys! i didn't think I would feel any different after reaching UD, but somehow I do. I can't neglect the fact I'm positive, but dark, doomed days like in the beginning are certainly over.

Thank you all again; you have been incredible fellow passengers in this journey.


PS. Now I need help losing weight, I over ate when I knew I was pozzie and have gained more than 16 pounds (about 8 kilos or more).
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