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I am currently in Thailand and in need of medication. I'm on Truvada/Isentress. Been trying to get meds from the US sent over but didn't qualify to get my insurance to pay for it. I'm a little bit in a tight spot.

I have been to Thailand several times, but this is the first time coming back being poz and don't know how to get meds. Can anyone help? Where's the best place to go?

Also, I am a little concerned with anonymity. It's a little hush hush here in Thailand and I can't let anyone know (ties with the social life here). Does anyone know how it works here? I think I prefer to go to clinics as it is a little low key than big hospitals, but open.

Any help would be great, thank you.
Research News & Studies / Re: Man treated for cancer with HIV
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Today at 12:04:56 PM »
Interesting facts about philly.. I visited once many moons ago, stayed at the navy yard brig for a couple of weeks.

Ah, the Navy Yard -- it's being completely transformed into a major corporate park in the historic section. All of the old buildings have been restored and repurposed, and new buildings such as the new US headquarters for GlaxoSmithKline are now there. Go to google maps and enter "GSK 5 Crescent Dr Philadelphia, PA 19112" and then drive around with street view. Also, manufacturing has picked up locally to the highest in 20 years and companies like Axalta Coating Systems are about to build a 200,000 sq ft facility there.

But there are also still dry docks there for shipbuilding and repair work operated by Norwegian Aker -- and they are operating at full capacity after lean years with a full order book through 2018.

Then the far eastern unused section which held Mustin Field and the 1918 built WW1 Naval Aircraft Factory, is to be changed to a major "Energy Hub" for the Mid-Atlantic region supposedly to rival size with what one finds in Houston, TX. -- it has full port, docs, rail and interstate connections.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Riesgo de exposición y síntomas.
« Last post by 3858 on Today at 11:51:13 AM »
I'm really sorry. It's just that I noticed that this forum is mainly in English and thought that you guys would be more comfortable speaking in that language instead of Spanish.

I also forgot my most important question:

3. In the time you've been here doing risk assessment, have you ever seen a 8 week negative turn to positive at 12-13 weeks?

Sorry again for the inconvenience.
Am I Infected? / Blood Exposure. Pregnant and Terrified.
« Last post by lana8900 on Today at 11:45:13 AM »
I had a short hospital stay due to a possible pulmonary embolism due to my blood clot disorder and me being pregnant. While I was there an aid came in to take my vitals.

Once she took the finger cuff (The thing that takes your heart rate and blood oxygen level, it was on my finger for a minute or two.) I noticed there was blood on my finger, basically front and back covered in blood. It was promptly cleaned off with alcohol pads, I washed my hands and then used hand sanitizer.

The blood was wet, they don't know where it came from and I'm terrified for myself and my unborn baby. What are the risks for me contracting HIV or Hep C?

I had a needle stick scab over the vein on the hand of the finger that was exposed to blood. It was from 5 hours before. Also on the finger that had blood I had a very small hangnail.

What are my chances of contracting anything from this incident?
I'm educated and informed about my disease,I don't want to be a blind sheep.

both Buckmark/Henry and myself are "educated and informed" about our HIV, yet I feel the same as he does about needing to see my lab results before going into the doctor. Mind you, unlike some of you I go in for lab work a week before seeing the doctor so that when I sit down with him and have fresh results. If I didn't do this (as in had the labs done during my doctors visits and thus was going over 4 month old results during my visit) I would see the value in viewing my tests on line, though even then I'd trust my doctor or his office to call me ASAP if there was a glaring issue necessitating the need to come back in for an early visit.

Anything unduly out of range my doctor is, obviously, going to discuss with me. There are often items slightly out of range that are no cause to discuss, because periodic fluctuation occur and it only matters if a trend begins over a period of results.

Indeed, you logic is horrible because viewing these test on line is a rather new development. By your posting you are saying we were all "blind sheep" before the advent of on line test availability. I would hope a lawyer would chose his words in a more succinct manner.

ps: I do, however, obtain a hard copy of my lab results but only do this because various specialists I see often ask for them. Otherwise I can see value in on line test results in that case if apps were sophisticated enough for me to wirelessly share them at the specialists office. I don't really feel the need to be anal retentive about keeping a 30 year file of each and every lab result, medical billing, etc. As it is right now I have a huge box I need to go through and just pitch such crap because living in a one-bedroom apartment I value every inch of space.
Research News & Studies / Re: Man treated for cancer with HIV
« Last post by Buckmark on Today at 11:41:46 AM »
The question is could this be used on people with existing hiv?

I think not, because they are specifically using that fact that HIV is good at attaching to white blood cells when they come to attack the HIV virus, and exploiting / destroying them to replicate more HIV.   There's a *lot* known about how to kill off white blood cells, which are involved in leukemia and lymphoma, and they've figured out a way to target only the cancerous cells.  But HIV is not attacking and attaching to itself.

If your taking hiv meds wouldn't they also kill off the modified hiv used to fight the cancer??

I suppose that if you were being treated for cancer and also had HIV, you ought to stop taking HIV meds while undergoing this treatment.  Several of the regimens for lymphoma recommend that. 

Am I Infected? / Re: Drunken error...
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 11:21:47 AM »
A 6 week negative test rarely ever goes on the be positive when confirmed at 12 weeks so you should be confident you will see a negative result, I am .
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: An on-going thread
« Last post by Buckmark on Today at 11:21:15 AM »
Ray -- So happy that your urine test turned out well, and showed no red blood cells.  I had a bit of a scare with my urologist who found them in my urine a few months ago.  Then we realized that it because of my blood thinners.  I was tapering off Coumadin for an upcoming procedure, switching to Lovenox daily, and had my portacath flushed with heparin.  The Lovenox and Heparin were both within 2-3 hours of my urine test.  Duh!

Jeff -- I am so sorry to hear about your aunt.  I am glad you can go and be with her!    Prayers on the way for both of you.
Am I Infected? / Re: Drunken error...
« Last post by Marvin619 on Today at 11:19:13 AM »
Hey guys

I just had my 6 week test from this and thankfully it was negative. The clinic recommended another one in 6 weeks to confirm. Hopefully this will be negative too. Thanks for your support.
Research News & Studies / Re: Man treated for cancer with HIV
« Last post by buginme2 on Today at 11:12:49 AM »
The question is could this be used on people with existing hiv?

If your taking hiv meds wouldn't they also kill off the modified hiv used to fight the cancer??

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