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Am I Infected? / Concerned...Please read!
« Last post by Dyc8 on Yesterday at 11:07:30 AM »
Hello all... I have been dealing with this issue alone for too long and now i just dont know what to do.

After my possible exposure to hiv i have been researching alot about it. I went and had 3 rapid finger prick test already one at around 86 days after exposure the other one at 3 months after and the last one 6 months after and all were negative. I should be over this and happily moving on right...? Well since my possible exposure my body has being having strange symptoms that make me doubts those negative results. And i know most people say that test results trump symptoms but i just cannot get over the fact that never have i had these symptoms until right after my possible exposure. I just cannot see this being a huge coinsidence... For the past six months i have been having back and neck pain almost every day... The fingers on my hands sometimes go numb when i'm sleeping, and i often get these tiny white bumps on my tounge that are annoying and painful... Never had i experienced any of this up until after my possible exposure :(
Is it possible that rapid finger prick tests arent as accurate as the tests that they draw blood and send it to the lab?
Should i retest again past the 6 month window period?
Has anyone heard of anyone testing negative at 6
Months but later testing positive?
I would like my life back and to move on but i simply cant
Due to all the uncertainty.... The minute my
Body does something strange i freak out, please comment i will truly appreciate it. Thank you
Living With HIV / Re: Feeling like shit
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Yesterday at 10:48:16 AM »
I've also had really bad cd4 readings if taken during illness -- as in I lost 700 of them when I had swine flu. But hey, they all returned within four months so who cares?

I've also had cd4 counts go up after a night of snorting lines of coke.
Living With HIV / Re: Feeling like shit
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:44:24 AM »
True, summer colds are the worst . I have had some pretty good lab reports when they were drawn during a cold or sinus infection so please do not worry that every time you are sick that your immune system is being damaged ... in fact sometimes its is in overdrive during times like this .

Just be careful not to get hit by a bus walking across the street while preoccupied about a cold and your cd4 count and you will survive . Hope you feel better . 
Living With HIV / Re: Feeling like shit
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Yesterday at 10:39:11 AM »
I've been sick with a respiratory infection for over a week now. Not sure why it's not gone yet. I'm scheduled for my routine 4-month HIV check up in two days so I'll have him make sure to listen to my lungs while I'm in there. I've just been taking OTC stuff for it.
Living With HIV / Re: Feeling like shit
« Last post by initforlife on Yesterday at 10:35:29 AM »
LOL you made me laugh. sorry but I do hope you feel better summer colds are the worst and hardest to get over.  maybe some chicken soup and a good movie will help?  other then that I'm sure you will be ok in time! :)
Living With HIV / Feeling like shit
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 10:24:20 AM »
So for a little while I was feeling pretty good after eliminating sustiva from my treatment.. Been exercising with weights and cycling.. Then thursday I decided to run, just a mile, what a big mistake! .. The next day lymph glands under my ears and under my chin started to swell even more than before.. I've been sneezing, stuffy head, headache, weak, all the cold stuff.. so I guess I got a cold.. My glands are so swollen that the pressure on my ears hurts and have make an effort to swollow, my neck feels tight.. and I look hideous!  :-[

This morning still feel like shit but just a tiny bit of improvement after so much sleep, slept 9 hours and thats alot for me, I usually sleep 6 and I'm good to go but my head still looks like a pumpkin.. I'm pretty sure this is gonna fuck up my cd4's as if they weren't fucked already.. AIDS sucks!  >:(
Am I Infected? / Re: Anal fingering/masturbation
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:15:02 AM »
It was a Zero risk activity, I did read ALL your concerns and not one thing you did was a risk for HIV . The risk factors for HIV are from unprotected anal and vaginal sex and not from fingering or masturbation . HIV is far to fragile to be transmitted in the manner you are concerned with and no one has ever been infected from fingering or maturbation .

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!
Estoy infectado? / Re: Yo hice sexo oral
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 10:04:27 AM »
Es verdad que sexualmente solamente la copula vaginal y anal sin usando los preservativos son riesgos confirmados por el VIH.

Un resultado negativo a  6 semanas es muy bueno pero para a ser seguro es mejor a probar otra vez a 3 meses. A esa punto todas las generaciones de pruebas en uso hoy son fiable y conclusivo cuando tenia un riesgo verdadero.     
i.e. CD4 now and CD4 sometimes in the future when Emtricibine becomes available again?? -

If the virus is suppressed with one combo or an other, one might think that one combo could possibly yield more CD4 gains than the other.

Scientists have browsed through extensive cohorts and no such effect was observed

If, in your country, they do not use much VL monitoring, then I would suggest you do it in BKK: does not cost that much and available within 48 h. Knowing your VL would certainly be a plus in your educated management 
Am I Infected? / Anal fingering/masturbation
« Last post by worriedinuk on Yesterday at 08:47:51 AM »
I would like to think that I know enough about hiv transmission to not post this question, especially having read this forum and medhelp forums enough.

However, hiv anxiety and that fact I am somewhat OCD, leads me to posting.

Firstly, I never participate in any penetrative sex. Not even protected due to the small risk of condoms breaking/tearing. I have read too many posts like that, and it just fuels my hiv anxiety even more.


I am currently in Thailand and sort the services of a sex worker (ladyboy). I anally fingered her for a period, then proceeded to masturbate myself with the same hand/fingers shortly afterwards. My skin on my fingers was intact, with no cuts or abrasions, but that is not my concern.

Is there any risk whatsoever for hiv transmission fom anal fingering and then masturbating myself with the same hand?

I don't think I would have touched my urethra at all while masturbating, and never saw any blood on my fingers either after fingering her. It was quite dark however, so its not impossible for either of these to have occurred.

I do understand that hiv is unable to infect when outside the body (my answer lies there I know) but I think it is after reading that hiv is present in high quantities in anal secretions, even more so than in blood, that my anxiety has re occurred.

If you can confirm this was a zero risk activity, I will be on my way.
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