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Am I Infected? / Re: Male Massage Risk
« Last post by inshock on Yesterday at 10:44:19 AM »
Hi-My apologies to all the brave people living with HIV and I sincerely do not want to offend anyone. I just got notice that I will need to get my blood tested for insurance and I have not tested positive.

I got a male massage abt three weeks ago and was told there was no need for concern as the guy was on top rubbing me, but there was NO penetration. He did insert his fingers and massaged my prostate. He said there were no cuts on his fingers-but I did not think to check them at the time. At 12 days I got mild diarrhea and my face was flushed. There was no fever.  On day 14 I tested with the Oraquick swab home kit and was neg. I feel fine now-just worried.

I need some help when I test again-I do not have the strength to do it alone again. How would I find an HIV counselor in Southern Calif please??

Thank You for reading this.



Living With HIV / Re: HRC backs Prep
« Last post by bmancanfly on Yesterday at 10:43:33 AM »
I think PrEP should begin to be framed in the same manner as birth control has traditional been framed, and as something that will go far to improve not just the physical well-being of the LGBT community but the mental LBGT community, because for years the strain of simply knowing that every time you have sex you could possibly be endangering your life contributes to an enormous amount of anxiety, consequently fueling high levels of alcohol and recreational drug use (IMO) and a circle of risky behavior.
This ^^^^^

Having lived through this epidemic my entire adult life It's almost impossible to believe that we live in a world (at least in the developed world)  where that fear/anxiety can be nearly completely removed. 

However, I've been a bit surprised at the slow uptake of this strategy.  If you could time travel back to the 80's or 90's and tell people you could take one pill a day with minimal,  if any,  side effects and that the likelihood of contracting HIV was by reduced by 90+% (if taken as directed),  there would have been dancing in the streets.  I'm glad the paradigm shift is taking place but a little surprised by what,  in my subjective view,  is the rather slow pace.

I was at a large gay event over the summer and was surprised by the number of guys who freely admitted, in casual conversation,  that they had started PrEP (which is a good thing).  But others I talked to had never even heard of it.

Modified; to be more specified about the reduction risk.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Here comes Ebola....yikes!!!
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Yesterday at 10:35:24 AM »
I have clients in San Diego cancelling family trips to Dallas.

Granted, San Diego is a major hub for international air travel and every precaution ought be taken.

According to Wikipedia San Diego is the largest metropolitan area that is not an airline hub or [EVEN A] secondary hub

Check yourself, Sister Fire.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Here comes Ebola....yikes!!!
« Last post by OneTampa on Yesterday at 10:34:21 AM »
May I have this dance?

Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Exposure
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:26:49 AM »

You have NOT had a risk for hiv infection,
Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage hiv and render it unable to infect.

Please only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter, you can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting how own post and it will take you here . 

You did not have a risk ... sexual fluids are not infectious for the instant they leave the body .
Living With HIV / Re: thrush
« Last post by bmancanfly on Yesterday at 10:25:53 AM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.  Much appreciated.

I hope I clear it with one prescription.   
Off Topic Forum / Re: YouTube Links for the Day
« Last post by WillyWump on Yesterday at 10:17:56 AM »
Am I Infected? / Re: A sexual intercourse with transexual ladyboy
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:17:19 AM »
You had protected sex and that is not a risk for HIV .
Am I Infected? / Re: Exposure Incident - Very scared indeed, pls help:
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:15:07 AM »
You did not have a risk for HIV and do not need PEP . HIV is sexually transmitted from unprotected anal and vaginal sex ... not from rubbing and masturbation and it does not make it a risk if your partner has HIV .

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!
Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Exposure
« Last post by Matt28 on Yesterday at 10:14:28 AM »

I had oral and vaginal sex with a condom from unknown status.  My penis was dry after both.  A towel was used to clean me off.  The towel touched my pubic hair.  I'm not sure if there were any fluids from the girl on my pubic hair?  If so, could that be passed from the towel into the penis?
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