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Am I Infected? / Re: Likely exposure/transmission
« Last post by mekzn on Yesterday at 09:16:02 PM »
I want to update this thread to indicate that I have finally tested negative for HIV.

I've been to the doctor and even the ER to address the symptoms I'm experiencing, which continue to change every day, and it's still unclear what's going on with my health, but it apparently has nothing to do with HIV.

I tested negative twice with 4th gen quantitative tests for HIV-1, and negative at 5.5 weeks with Oraquick (HIV-1/2). (This leaves only the slightest chance that I might have contracted HIV-2 and had a false negative with Oraquick, but I don't take this possibility very seriously, and I expect to get a negative at 12 weeks with a standard 3rd gen qualitative test.)

The moral of the story is, believe the moderators when they tell you your symptoms are not specific to HIV. I could not have been more convinced that I was positive, for a period of over a month. In that time, when I thought there was almost no reason to doubt my upcoming diagnosis, I was busy preparing myself for a new life (although what it would have actually been I have no idea). From my experience I would recommend 1) NOT using a private STD testing service without the involvement of a doctor, you won't believe the results when you get them if they're not what you're expecting, as I didn't for over a week of prolonged agony 2) NOT convincing yourself that you either have HIV or don't have HIV. The second point is especially hard, but it's not difficult to see that it won't make a real difference once you have your actual test results. It's just a way of dealing with your anxiety. In the end, just be glad you know you've had a risk and you know when to get tested.

I don't feel any joy or even much relief over my negative result, and I don't want to tell people "Don't worry, I'm sure you'll be fine! Like I was!" It seems irresponsible to promise that, and I'm still to some extent in the mindset that, unlike the rest of the population, I have HIV, and I still read the forums daily, I'm still in awe of people who have been living with this for as long as 30+ years, and I know there are countless other people who have the disease now and will contract it in the future.
Off Topic Forum / Re: thread titles
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 08:50:31 PM »
well, he took her to the park today around lunch time, and this feeling i'm now experiencing must be similar to a father waiting for his daughter to get home from her first date with the shady looking boy from school
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Should I retake?
« Last post by titik on Yesterday at 08:49:08 PM »
I read on thebody.com expert portion that most of the medicine is absorbed 15 to 20 minutes after taking them so if you threw up an hour after taking it, you are fine, dose wise.


Here it is:

Off Topic Forum / Re: thread titles
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 08:44:33 PM »
you've never seen my dog when son visits...

Im too scared to even ask what this means .
Am I Infected? / Re: Possible exposure to pre seminal fluid worried
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 08:42:19 PM »
If this is your only concern you can relax go see a doctor if you are sick, its not HIV .
Am I Infected? / Re: Possible exposure to pre seminal fluid worried
« Last post by dirthauler on Yesterday at 08:40:26 PM »
Still worried about my position. Seem to be having some strange symptoms.
Light pain between my shoulders. Some joint pain. No rashes 1 small red bump on my arm. Not going against what was answered could I be the first to report infection by no penetration. Please excuse my concern, this is the first time I have used a forum.
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 08:39:18 PM »
Off Topic Forum / Re: song of the day
« Last post by 9goug9goug on Yesterday at 08:35:23 PM »

this makes me happy at the minute :)
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:30:14 PM »

     ojo         Aw Jeff, you are the greatest, thank you, I really appreciate it, this way, I do not have to use my magnified lense...my keyboard is a special keyboard for people with eyesight problems (big keys), that's why I can still post, but with this font size, it makes it easier for me to read you guys...thanks again Jeff and Joe...hugs        ojo
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Tested + for HIV, diagnosed with PCP and AIDS...
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 08:21:55 PM »
season 12 episode 1... tonsil trouble

when he can laugh about it, things are ok

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