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Living With HIV / Long term Atripla users (a question).
« Last post by Denvaux on Yesterday at 12:18:46 AM »
This has been my one and only combination therapy; the one pill option was what i most liked about it- I'd rather take just one pill a day instead of two three or many; hence I have remained with this combo in-spite-of the fact that I am tolerating and have always tolerated the side effects- side effects that are clearly not going away.

It's clear reading on here, the experiences of others, that Sustiva is the drug in the combination that causes the vivid and wacky dreams I experience.  The question I want answered is, is Sustiva also responsible for the excessive flatulence or is it the combination of drugs within Atripla itself?  The excessive and uncontrollable farting is annoying and embarrassing and will very likely be the motivating factor for my changing meds. I've been contemplating change for some time but have only procrastinated.
I'd hoped the side effects would go away or at least diminish with time but it is clear to me that this is not going to happen in my case.
Am I Infected? / Re: Yeah yeah another guy terrified...
« Last post by alt1983 on Yesterday at 12:10:44 AM »
Thank you so much for your rapid reply.  It's going to be a rough couple weeks for me either way until I can get to the four week test mark but I will do my best to keep my head level and follow what you say...I've read plenty of your posts already and your direct answers on these things is so helpful and you're helping to calm down a bunch of really anxious people.

And the idea that my fever two days (really 36 hours) after sex being a sign of acute HIV is just insane, right?  Acute symptoms take weeks, not a day and a half, to show up...
Am I Infected? / Re: Yeah yeah another guy terrified...
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 12:07:21 AM »
You can relax as you never had a risk.  Protected intercourse is not a risk for infection and an intact condom means no risk.  Oral sex is also not a risk for infection.  HIV is a very fragile virus.  Its outer surface becomes damaged, immediately when leaving the host; where changes in temperature, pH and moisture levels, alter the HIV outer surface, rendering it unable to infect.  The mouth is another barrier, as it protects us from pathogens that we encounter daily and it contains over a dozen proteins and enzymes that alter HIV, leaving it unable to infect.

There have been no fewer than three separate serodiscordant couples studies (where one person is HIV positive, the other negative.)  These couples were tracked for three. five and ten years.  The couples used condoms for penetrative vaginal and anal sex, but NO BARRIER at all for oral sex.  Any kind of oral sex.

These studies yielded NO infections.

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

Forums Gatherings / Re: I thought you girls should know about this.
« Last post by Lou-ah-vull on July 29, 2015, 11:45:56 PM »
the Bar B Que is gluten free...the bun is not.  It should not be eaten with bread in the first place!

Am I Infected? / Yeah yeah another guy terrified...
« Last post by alt1983 on July 29, 2015, 11:32:20 PM »
I've read plenty of the forum already so I have a feeling I know what you're gonna say but...I'm still terrified.  I'm now just out of the 72 hour window, so what's gonna happen is gonna happen but still.

Had an encounter with a guy someone who claimed to be disease free on sunday, had insertive protected anal, and I think the condom was fine.  If I have any worry it was that maybe it wasn't fully down, but I think it probably was.

Had receptive oral with some slight semen in my mouth.

Felt a slight tingling in my throat that evening...tuesday morning I wake up with chills and a fever and go the ER. They test negative for HIV, while acknowledging it'd be negative anyway from Sunday night's thing.  Then they strongly recommend against PEP based on what I told them due to the sides and relative risk.  The fever lingered on for almost 24 hours and now it's just a sniffled nose and a stuffy head.

There's no way this is HIV is it?  I am genuinely fucked in the head right now and am kicking myself for not starting PEP just in case.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Miedo, elisa temprano!
« Last post by chufo88 on July 29, 2015, 11:15:45 PM »
Andy como estas tanto tiempo?, primero que nada no te enojes!, pero mis miedos vuelven por síntomas continuos. He tenido de todo en estos cinco años. Desde molestar en la vista hasta psoriasis, dermatitis seborreica, aftas en amigdala recurrentes, gastritis, aumento de peso y hace años tengo en el borde lateral de la lengua una especie de mugget blanca que esta fuerte agarrada la muerdo la saco y al final del día vuelve a crecer vi en internet que leucoplasia vellosa y q es por vih vi una foto en internet de una lengua parecida a la mía y era d un paciente con vih y murió al tiempo. Yo tengo miedo que en el laboratorio no hayn detectado el vih en los 3 exámenes que hice. También he sufrido constantes infecciones por hongos en brazos axilas pene. Estoy mal muy mal. Tengo miedo de contagiar a mi pareja. No me bloquees sin darme tu opinión. Gracias x tu paciencia
AIDS Activism / Re: Letter to the White House
« Last post by Almost2late on July 29, 2015, 11:07:40 PM »
"out about your status" and "disclosure to sexual partners" are different matters.

And when you "disclose" you run the risk of being "outed about your status", so not all that different..

Because HIV is a terminal, transmissible disease; and because there is no 100% guarantee on oral, UD or condoms (though I am incredibly happy to know that oral and UD after a certain amount of time approach 0% transmission), a person should always disclose to someone they with whom they will be having sex. That person deserves to know their risks - especially when people like us who are HIV+ are often much more educated than the average jane or joe. ;)

When I said UD and condoms I meant using a condom while being UD.. UD vl is 96% effective against transmission plus condom use is 80% effective, that's 176% effectiveness  ;D..

If for no other reason -- to avoid getting 30 yrs in prison!

We may not agree with the way most states have criminalized HIV, but we DO have to live in the real world.


 :(.. Sadly true but I don't think Florida is handing out 30 year sentences like Missouri..

hiv is no more considered a terminal disease. we have drugs that effectively control the virus and which permit a normal life span now.

True but still too many people don't find out they're infected until they're knocking on deaths door :(..

I think that instead of prosecuting people for "nondisclosure", more energy should be focused on passing mandatory testing laws.. Maybe I'll write Obama ;)

Forums Gatherings / Re: Arrival itineraries
« Last post by pozniceguy on July 29, 2015, 10:58:44 PM »
thnx  Carl  i  just  had a chat with  Mitch...we will  both be very  happy to see you...

Off Topic Forum / Re: It gets better everyday,......
« Last post by Almost2late on July 29, 2015, 10:30:13 PM »
Or could the Donald be a closeted democrat?.. When he first made his anti-Mexican comments my father told me Trump was Dem ???.. Oldest trick in the book, divide and conquer..

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