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Am I Infected? / worried
« Last post by mannyp1234 on Yesterday at 12:32:24 PM »
First, thank you for your services.
Here is my risk,
I have about 10 encounters with CSW in the last 6-7 years, all with protection, am being careful not to touch the vagina as much as possible. I have one cunnilingus 2 years ago with a girl I thought low risk and had protected vaginal sex.
In the past several weeks I was told by few people I have lost weight and I checked my self in the last 4-5 days and weight in my home I dropped 5 pounds in 3-4 days. I completely lost my appetite. I have occasional loose stool in the past. No rash, lymph node or any other symptoms. My energy level hasn't changed but since the last 2 days I am fatigued most likely due to anxiety. What is my realistic risk here?
P.S. I am a physician and kinda know the theoretical risk with each mode of sex but I want to here real world experience and hopefully alleviate my anxiety.

Living With HIV / Re: HIV Database?
« Last post by Denvaux on Yesterday at 12:28:02 PM »
One of the main reasons that we accept our governments handling of HIV/AIDS, is the sacrifice by groups such as ACTUP.  They staged "Die Ins" to embarrass our government into action, in the very beginning, because we were dropping like flies.  They also were instrumental in getting the FDA to accelerate the approval of life saving drugs for pozzies.  The HIV Community made great sacrifices to get the services and medicines we needed to survive and we support these actions, because it is our community that spurred our federal government to get involved, rather than just leaving us to die on our own.

That's all well and good but naming names "outing people", to use a term I often hear is rather a different issue.  I have made it very clear on here what my position is regarding individuals that recklessly expose others to the possibility of infection but at the same time I have faith that most individuals will have a moral compass and either disclose their status or at the very least take every precaution not to put another or themselves at further risk... this is not the job of government -outing people as if they were some sort of pedophile;  as the initial poster IMO correctly stated "the stats are available without naming names".
The government should emphasise the necessity that ALL sexually active people, particularly multiple partner sexually active persons, should or indeed MUST -have a regular screening rather than seek out a bogeyman to discriminate against!
Estoy infectado? / Re: Hola Señor Andy, tengo una pregunta para usted
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 12:18:36 PM »
Cualquier los detalles recibiendo el sexo oral no es un riesgo por el VIH. Punto.

Puede probar pero sera solamente por su paz mental y es seguro su resultado sera negativo.
Living With HIV / Re: HIV Database?
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 12:08:40 PM »
can confirm

for tuberculosis... i have been placed under home quarantine

a nurse from the county department of health came to my home each day, to give me meds and watch to ensure that i took them

the first day she arrived, she was escorted by a male employee of dept of health, and a local police officer... who took my name, and did a bunch of typing on his computer in the squad car... my local police force knows i have aids

i signed a counsel form acknowledging that i understood i would be under penalty of law if i left my property

plenty of places offer anonymous testing, but you can bet that if you test positive, when you enter into care, your name and location are reported and tracked

it can easily be argued that name based reporting discourages testing, or if tested positive with a home kit it can be discouraging to seeking treatment

once the information is out there, it is theirs to do with what they please

this is not a one sided issue, there is considerable controversy on the practice

google "hiv name based reporting controversy"



Am I Infected? / Re: Im worried, please help
« Last post by crh24 on Yesterday at 11:55:33 AM »
Thanks Jeff.
Am I Infected? / My PEP experience
« Last post by jf345 on Yesterday at 11:54:09 AM »
Hello all! I am currently on day 22 of a PEP regimen and feel I should post about my experience and side effects to help inform others in a similar position to me. Hopefully this is the place to do it!

I’m a 25 year old gay man in London, and following a broken condom situation I went to A&E to start PEP. At least it was an accident and not some foolish mistake that I could beat myself up about.

I was prescribed Truvada once a day and raltegravir twice a day (which I believe is called Isentress elsewhere but what I was given was not branded). I believe this is the UK standard, with the raltegravir replacing kaletra. One of the main reasons I am posting here is to talk about the side effects of this combination as most of the experiences I read about online were with Kaletra or some other combination of pills.

I took my first round of pills at 5pm on a Sunday. I was very worried about the side effects and quite unsure about when they would kick in, but I didn’t experience anything very much for the rest of the evening apart from a reduced appetite at dinner time, but this could easily have been down stress.

For the next couple of days I was super conscious of everything going on with my body as I was waiting to be floored by side effects at any moment.  I continued to experience a reduced appetite and general ‘meh’ feeling. My tummy was occasionally quite rumbly, bowel movements were vaguely on the side of loose and I was a bit tired but this was nothing that really affected my day-to-day life. I have still managed the gym 3 times a week.

The biggest thing that was affecting me was my stress levels. The day after I started PEP I got a call telling me my kidney function was not great and I should come in to have my blood tested again to make sure the Truvada wasn’t making it worse, which I did the next day.  This was quite upsetting as trying to deal with potentially having HIV and kidney disease at the same time is not easy! This is not likely to be the situation with most people but thought it worth mentioning so you can see how the stress may have exacerbated/created my side effects.

This wasn’t helped by a text a couple of days later from the clinic to come in urgently to ‘review my medication’, no other details. I couldn’t go in for 4 days as I was abroad so I basically made myself sick with worry. I had convinced myself that they thought I was about to have kidney failure. Then I convinced myself that the blood tests they did were HIV positive already from some previous experience. This was not likely as I’ve never had unprotected sex or any particularly risky experiences. But I was a paranoid mess so rational thinking went out the window!

I felt like I was going to pass out from stress before my appointment, but it turns out I didn’t have HIV (surprise, surprise), they just wanted to take more blood tests as my kidney function had dipped again, probably due to the Truvada. Not great but not HIV.

Anyway, I had my blood taken and the next day got a call to say my kidney function had improved. Thank God! I calmed down significantly, and from that point (one week in) until now I have had barely any side effects from the PEP apart from barely noticeable fatigue and one episode of diarrhoea on the morning of day 21. Throughout this period I have taken no other medication whatsoever, no anti-nausea pills, no painkillers.

I now have only a few days of medication left and I am hopeful. I’m hopeful that I will come out of the experience and test negative. I am very grateful for the NHS and the free prescription that I received, as I didn’t have to weigh up financials with the risk, which must be a very difficult thing to do. I shall have to find something charitable to pay this back.

So my advice to people (especially in the UK where the meds are the same) is that the side effects will not necessarily be bad, especially on this newish set of medication. Perhaps I have been lucky but I’ve felt considerably worse from a cold or a mild hangover than I have from PEP. I would also suggest that you try not to worry! This was easily the worst part of the month for me and probably quite unnecessary.

I’m still concerned about the kidney situation, but this is nothing to do with HIV. I will probably have to make lifestyle/diet changes to prevent further damage to my kidneys but that alone gives a huge change in perspective to life. Despite all the things we do to protect ourselves, s**t still happens, condoms break, and you can randomly end up with some other health problem/get hit by a bus/etc. The key is to stay optimistic and do your best to keep yourself safe – that’s all you can do.

I’ll be back to let you know the outcome of my tests.
Am I Infected? / Re: Im worried, please help
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 11:51:53 AM »
As long as the penetrative sex was condom protected you never had a risk but what Joe said is correct …A negative result at 9 weeks is unlikely to change, when you test at 12 weeks.  The results are accurate and you should expect another negative for your final test.

Am I Infected? / Re: sucking breast milk with receding & bleeding gums
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 11:49:44 AM »
We can’t help you with your HIV or medical phobias but wish you the best and advise you work with a doctor on that issue. We have given you accurate information … adults can’t get HIV from sucking breast and no one ever has.
Am I Infected? / Re: Im worried, please help
« Last post by crh24 on Yesterday at 11:48:24 AM »
Yes, today I had a rapid test at 10 weeks and it was negative; and I meant the guy ejaculated outside of my anus. Should i be "relaxed" at this time with that results?
Thank you. Regards
Estoy infectado? / Hola Señor Andy, tengo una pregunta para usted
« Last post by armandocortina on Yesterday at 11:47:00 AM »
Hola,  ¿Como le va?

El motivo de que le escriba en su foro es porque tengo dudas sobre el vih y los test que existen. Yo no tuve situación de riesgo según "algunos expertos", pues recibi sexo oral y se supone el riesgo es nulo o hipotético.

También otro punto importante es sobre la capacidad de infectarte de VIH por tocar fluidos, pues yo masturbe a esa chica y la verdad, de manera muy estupida olvide lavarme las manos porque unos cuantos minutos después fui al baño y evidentemente toque mi pene..

Le confeso he tenido miedo y en mi mente a veces pienso que tengo vih, que una simple gripe o cualquier cosa es causado por el mismo, ademas de manera misteriosa tengo inflamados los ganglios de la mandibula y cuello sin presencia de dolor.. Yo se que eso no significa nada..

Estoy un 90% dispuesto a realizarme el test, tengo miedo de que me salga positivo, no le mentira y usted que me aconseja?

Realmente cual fue la posibilidad de que yo tuviera riesgo? Ya no quiero vivir mas en esta angustia..

Gracias por su tiempo..
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