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Am I Infected? / Re much stress
« Last post by Rongrith on Yesterday at 08:46:52 PM »


   I had a protected sex with a sex worker about 8 week ago!! N I didnt kno that the condom broke or not but she was take it off n put on the new one !! N im really worried to dead that if i m affected or not !! N i just get test negative at week 6! N i had some symptoms such as swollen lymp  node under the jaw right side n weight lost n itchy on my leg n arm , nausea !!!
Pls give me advice m I infected??
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Am I Infected? / Re: ARS Symptoms? Freaking out
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 07:08:35 PM »
That is great news … expect a negative result when you confirm it at 12 weeks … I do .
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Am I Infected? / Re: ARS Symptoms? Freaking out
« Last post by aggressiveanxiety on Yesterday at 06:42:47 PM »
Good news! I got the test results (26 days) and it's negative. Test was 4th generation Ag/Ab.

While I will test once again at 3 months, should I put my worries to rest for now?
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Supreme Court challenge to the ACA, Scared :(
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 06:41:19 PM »
If ACA tanks in many states, or completely tanks, the next steps are obvious.
Citizens with no ACA stay in their conservative states and fight to change. Or they leave.
Its not easy to participate in local, state and national politics to get the life one feels is appropriate.
If one is a citizen in a state that:
doesn't want LGBTQ civil rights including marriage
doesn't want true equal rights for all ethnicities
doesn't want a science-based, quality, public, obligatory education system
doesn't want protection for all faiths
doesn't want separation of church and state - and assumes it is "christian"
doesn't want a quality public university
doesn't want to legislate a living wage
doesn't want to protect its environment against corporate abuse
doesn't want to repair its infrastructure
doesn't want universal health care
etc
etc
then how much can citizens who want these things be expected to fight for it, and for how long? Decades? When they are guaranteed in other states?

Maybe those states join together and succeed. Let them go.
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Supreme Court challenge to the ACA, Scared :(
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 06:28:22 PM »
Robby, of course the majority of people in the world will see health care as a human right but a minority will not. The US has been for years a country that cannot agree on that matter. Its not alone, there are other countries that do not offer universal care. And not just because they can't afford it.

There may be no answer as to the "why". The current situation, as you explain, is political. Its citizens' morality being played out through politics. The only solution is political.  Maybe not a moral discussion. But winning politically or not.  IMO, the case AGAINST ACA has some legal merit because if the DEMS and Obama wanted to guarantee that the fed could support non-participating states - citizens in, that is, they certainly blew the language. 

MORALLY, economically and politically, the Dems and Obama did the right thing instituting Obama care.  No question. (no Q as a leftist!).   So is everyone going to suffer for a mistake in wording? Maybe, maybe not. I am very democratic. Socialist. There MUST be universal care coming to the US. 

But I am highly suspicious exactly how that wording so obviously seems muddled re: states' rights vs. federal power. Was it a mistake as the dems say?  Was it "all understood" that Feds had the power? hmmm.  I dont think it was a mistake. I think its a muddling of the constitution but I don't care because it's for the good.  (A good I decide on moral grounds, so a corrupt decision.) 

Its clearly a case for the Supreme Court and yes, unfortunately, the court does put politics into its judgements. :)  They are also supposed to decide whats best for the nation, via an "intrepretation" of the constitution, and based on what the majority of citizens can "deal with" - so its so within the court's right to say ACA (and FED funding) is constitutional.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newly diagnosed and just want some hugs
« Last post by Iceblubud on Yesterday at 06:16:39 PM »
Hi Guys and gals,

     First off, just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who had read and esp., to those who gave hugs!!! I tell you , those virtual hugs are real enough, for me during those trying times.
    Second, I met my HIV doctor, and she is so NICE! I cried like a baby everytime I opened my mouth in her office, but she just let me (even though, she was so extremely busy) and provided that emotional and psychological support that I needed at the time.
    I, also got my numbers, I have a CD4 of 64 with a VL of 45000. I guess I do have AIDS,. She did say that's the technical definition of AIDS, once your CD4 is <200. So, she started me on Stribild, Azithromycin and Bactrim. Hopefully , after 6 weeks, I will be see better numbers. But, for now, just being able to breath is enough! My doctor had reassured me that I wont suddeny drop dead. That, she will do everything so that I will live a long and productive life.
    For now, I would like to say ,again, thank you to all. ALL of you had been through, maybe even more, than I had and yet your kindness, courage and bravery to help a stranger, who's wallowing and lost is so precious!
    So, here's hoping for a cure. Take care of yourselves. And, I truly and deeply am indebted.

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Am I Infected? / Re: Is there a chance I could be infected!!
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 06:04:31 PM »
You didn’t have a risk … Fingering and kissing are not risk for HIV nor is getting a BJ .

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!
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Cucumber Banana Tofu - UK Series
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 05:52:56 PM »
I was expecting somewhere down the road that Lance and Henry would compromise and get back together. That Lance would stop chasing Daniel. Guess Lance was not about to settle .However I did not expect this to happen  :-X


Attention anyone who hasn't watched CUCUMBER and might be interested...

SPOILERS. BIG FAT SPOILERS below.

Yes I made this thread hoping someone else watched it.

I am very pissed at Lance and Henry.  Henry shows horrific judgment often enough, and is deluded. So selfish.  The story line on the underage youtube videos was so borderline. What was he thinking. And his stupid hope of 1 more dick being reduced to 1 hot young blond aging twink dick, Freddie. At his age. It was riotously deluded of him to justify that revolting break up with such a dumb-ass rationale. A man his age should know better. But I guess that's one of the points.  Straight and gay men, could have the same dumb ass midlife crisis. The straight guy dumps wife 1, who raised his kids, and gets hot trophy wife.  But gay Henry isn't going to end up with a twink. He's not rich. He's not hot. He's not charming and he literally barely sucks in bed. And he's rotten to people 80% of the time and nice only a few times. He's rotten to "appropriate" new guy.  So the character is shown to us to be sexually and affectively dysfunctional. 

I am bewildered by Lance's character. How could he be so dense and such a sap.  First we know Henry didn't fulfill him, but he stayed for years. He was having sexual success before Henry.  The most unrealistic thing, for me, is that Lance didn't see Daniel's danger.  The TV Series showed us Daniels schizoid maniac character from the get go, the very first scenes. Totally manipulative and hot and cold. CREEPY!  How could a guy Henry's age be so blind and so naive? It seems (to me) so unrealistic. Daniel's not that hot and his dick can't be that much of an irresistible draw to Lance, who probably had plenty of hot dick before Henry.  But are we supposed to just take him as an example of the gay who will be victimised. That is what the writer says, and that is what the ghost warned him not to be, to his face.  And he STILL he let his dick guide him?
So i am just wondering if the show is too unrealistic, if the characters are too broad - just to manipulate us. (These are big city guys, after all.) And should that tell me that its not great? Because it coaxed a lot of feelings from me with these flawed characters.

What do you think?

Do you think its an interesting show? Enjoyable show? Does it get at true things through exaggeration.  Internet twittering is divided between those who pan it since the characters are unlikeable.  Maybe that a projection? Maybe I dont like that sex, love, relationships, can be this messy. Because surely they can. 
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Am I Infected? / Is there a chance I could be infected!!
« Last post by needanswers13 on Yesterday at 05:51:55 PM »
Hello guys, I am a gay male and i hooked up with a random guy that I found online. He said he was free from all STDs and I specifically asked him his status and he said he was negative. We just engaged in open mouth kissing, him sucking my cock for 10 secs and he fingered me and was just sucking my nipples. Is there a chance I can be infected, especially with open mouth kissing.

regards
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Cucumber Banana Tofu - UK Series
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 05:38:38 PM »
2 seasons you mean. I liked Broadchurch S1 but S2, i find it a slog. And I was excited for Charlotte Rampling but she's not all that good here.
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