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Living With HIV / Re: Are You Ditching Condoms?
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 01:48:15 PM »
having had a partner who waited too long too test, my remaining advice/opinion would be to make sure to have your negative partner checked regularly. you know, just in case.

While I certainly believe that a certain time length of remaining undetectable does make the risk of transmission to be so low as to be nearly zero, I believe the science also shows, in a worst case scenario, that starting ARVs as soon as possible after being infection will result in long-term lifelong benefits of less damage by HIV and better health.
Living With HIV / Re: LP recovery time?
« Last post by tryingtostay on Yesterday at 01:21:51 PM »
Thanks again for the reply :)

I'm curious how the recovery will go.  Mine seems to have not gotten any better.  The severity is still pretty bad.  What happens?  Does the headaches pretty much stop?  One minute they are there the next they are gone, or do they gradually decrease in severity indicating things are healing???
Living With HIV / Re: Are You Ditching Condoms?
« Last post by CaveyUK on Yesterday at 01:20:39 PM »

They added that “more research is needed with larger numbers of couples and longer follow-up.”


Problem is though, that it will never be zero. Ever. Even with more studies, due to the statistical confidence range. Even with condoms the risk is never zero, of course.

The people who contracted HIV during the study were proven to have been infected outside their current relationship (via genotyping).

The longer someone is on ART the better due to more likely adherence, that much is true.

At the end of the day, it really is a discussion between individuals and understanding of risks involved. As you say, everyone is different :)
Living With HIV / Re: LP recovery time?
« Last post by J.R.E. on Yesterday at 01:03:02 PM »

From the link that Betty provided, and this link from the Johns Hopkins site, The risk of headaches may result from leakage at the needle injection site.  The severity of the headache, determined by the amount of CSF fluid, that leaked out.


From the above link:

What are the risks of a lumbar puncture?

" A small amount of CSF can leak from the needle insertion site. This can cause headaches after the procedure. If there is a persistent leak the headache can be severe."

Hope everything will be getting better for you in a short period of time.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: New to hiv
« Last post by Newtolife on Yesterday at 12:54:07 PM »
You are right Jim !! I need to live and havng it with me in my life nt having it controling my life
Living With HIV / Re: support group
« Last post by em on Yesterday at 12:52:56 PM »
 while at a catholic college some were around 1990 I went to a restaurant were a friend worked  I had some text books statistics calculus and concise catholic dictionary. This guy there had said you do not see that book very often A Catholic dictionary. Sorry to intrude what are you studying for I said the catholic university had suggested this course. I never told him I was HIV + My friend at the restaurant had said that was father so and so. He brings communion to people with sick from HIV and ministers to them and when necessary performs last rights.  He had said helping these people that are in a situation of need and in the worst situation life has to offer anyone . or something like that.  I also new a protestant minister who also said some stuff about HIV and went to peoples homes who were sick. He had said AIDS was the leprosy of our time and these people need our help. I had told him my status. He had a divorce and left his wife but still kept close contact with his children. When he retired he moved to Florida with his boyfriend. Funny world. there was lot more stuff they had told me about there experiences dealing with HIV. maybe not the norm but two men of god that tried to help HIV + people.

as close to that as I could recall
Off Topic Forum / Re: how hot is it where you are?
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 12:37:33 PM »
My hvac guy says my unit is working well according to the temps.  NO, not unless it reaches the low 70s
You know I was living in a similar home last summer. After we had done all that remodeling (including re-insulating the hell outta the walls and ceiling across the center of the home), our AC was having an issue last summer. We had the HVAC guy out a couple of times but finally got the system to do what it was supposed to do. I agree with you that it should be able to at least cool down to the low 70s
Me olvido del tema entonces??? No hay riesgo por la sangre q le salio (aunquw tenia el preservstivo puesto) ??? Me debo hacer el test de vih por esta situacion?
I Just Tested Poz / Re: New to hiv
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 12:15:04 PM »
This is the truth, every time you are worried read this post back to yourself. 

You shouldn't have any "complications" of HIV infection, now that you are on meds.  Just keep on taking your meds and live your life!  :D

Just Like I said in my first post to you, you are on the right track, you have started treatment and have your followup appointments planed. So attend your doc appointments,take your meds, be adherent and you will be grand.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: New to hiv
« Last post by Newtolife on Yesterday at 12:13:36 PM »
Why i have read that most hiv patients will get hepatitis or pneumonia or osteoporsis etc...
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