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I Just Tested Poz / Re: New Hiv Poz Could use a friend
« Last post by gymboi89 on Yesterday at 09:22:09 PM »
Thanks guys for the nice thoughts. I go back the ID doc in 2 weeks, I hear the Complera can act pretty fast! I already feel "mentally" better that I'm on a med to get all this in check! Time will tell! :) Sending you all good vibes!
Off Topic Forum / Re: Caitlyn Jenner, Just Inspiring!
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 09:12:39 PM »
Good rant Robby.

My niece is transgendered and would appreciate your comments.

Some may like her or not as a person but she did have the guts to do this in the public eye and she will be remembered for it.

I also applaud Vanity Fair and Annie Leibowitz.

Mike Huckabee will fade into history as a hater. It's best just to laugh at him and his kind.
Am I Infected? / Condom Broke with prostitute
« Last post by WorriedGuyGrey on Yesterday at 09:11:36 PM »
Hey, everyone.
I am a Brazilian male that had sex with a prostitute on the 16th of May. During the inserting vaginal relation, the condom broke. It happened right before or after I ekaculated (I was drunk) and I believe it lasteded 2 minutes maximum after it broke. (Anyway, it wasn't a long unprotected relation). I was scared to death, on Monday the 18th I went to the hospital and they gave me pep (a standard procedure on these cases here in Brazil). I started pep after about 31 hours after exposure.
The prostitute said she didn't have HIV, but who knows right?
I'm really worried, so please could you guys tell me:
What are the odds off becoming infected by HIV after a condom break in vaginal onsterive rwaltion? That did not last so long (max 2 minutes but I believe only few seconds after wjaculation)? Is pep efficient in these cases after 31 hours? Please I'm really worried
Thanks so much and sorry if there are any English mistakes (it's no my mother language)
I Just Tested Poz / Re: New Hiv Poz Could use a friend
« Last post by pittman on Yesterday at 08:56:12 PM »
cd4s can really jump around, so don't put too much store in a single result- the trend will be more meaningful. Taking the meds are a great next step as they will get the HIV under control.  Keep moving forward with your health.  The current meds are very effective.

Certainly this site can help some, but do you also have any other support or people you can talk to as you deal with this?

Keep us posted. We all know how especially hard the first while can be after finding out. For most, it does recede into a much smaller part of your life.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Caitlyn Jenner, Just Inspiring!
« Last post by RobbyR on Yesterday at 08:52:38 PM »

Btw this is one of the photos from her Vanity Fair shoot I am LIVING for her photos she looks fantastic very old-Hollywood glam I love it. Her spirit really comes through in a quiet lovely way.
Am I Infected? / Re: Virus viability inside the condom itself
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 08:49:01 PM »
I can only go by what you tell me.  If you think you had a risk you can test at 6 weeks past this incident and then at 12 weeks to confirm the results.  Based on what you report, I expect you to test negative.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: New Hiv Poz Could use a friend
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:42:37 PM »

               ojo       Hello gymboi...welcome, you need a friend, here I am, relax and let's see what the ID doctor tell us, ok?...you will be fine...big hug, you need it            ojo
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: ssdi appeal question...
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 08:35:15 PM »
many, perhaps even most, decisions take 3 yrs or slightly longer. If someone didn't warn you about this terribly long wait, they should have. ;)

best wishes on a positive decision soon!

I expected a long ride but at the time of my application the wait time was under three years. Apparantly it is that way now. No wink needed. I thank you for the support but please understand that I comprehend how this works by now.

Mark, sorry you're waiting so long. I hope you get good news soon!  Waiting sucks!

Yes it sucks. Thanks Betty. Hoping for the best but am not prepared for the worst.

Having a down day I guess. I would like to know what we can count on to move at this point as far as income is concerned. I did NOT expect that it would take this long after my hearing in January. It's a bit out of the norm and am pissed at the system.

Are we working on the house to sell only to find out that another appeal would delay everything another 1 1/2 years? I/we just want to move on.

Just a heads up folks... if you need to appeal the judgement at this point it takes that amount of time and you will be facing the same judge that turned you down at the hearing. Them's the rules.  :P

Sorry for all the questions but I am a bit impatient and am having issues with getting appt with my ID doctor. So that being said why distilled water to prevent criptococosis as this is a fungus that you would breath in. So should I be wearing a face mask all the time. I know I sound paranoid but I seem to be one of those people who goes all in on everything I do. I don't just break a bone I shatter it.

       ojo        Hello again cbd...I'm just sharing with you my experiences, when I told you about the destilled water, according to my doctor, it was to prevent Cryptosporidium, a parasite found in the water, I knew of one guy who got this parasite, and had an aweful diahrria...and no, you don't have to wear a mask, that's why you are on meds...if you hhave doubts, talk to your doctor, here, we just try to share experiences, that's all,..your doctor has the last word...good luck...hugs and please, relax        ojo
Am I Infected? / Re: Virus viability inside the condom itself
« Last post by Jonesrita455 on Yesterday at 08:17:51 PM »
Thank you for replying. It wouldnt even be a risk if some of his pre cum leaked from the base of the condom and stayed inside me while it slipped?
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