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Am I Infected? / Re: Anal sex exposure
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 10:04:11 AM »
PEP is not recommended for the insertive partner in cases of condom breaks with a partner of unknown status . If you wish to pursue PEP you will have to go to a a doctor or the emergency room or your local HIV clinic . There is no shame in getting tested or seeking medical attention ... or there shouldn't be .   

You can test at 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months to confirm the results .

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 .

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: Es necesario que se haga la prueba??
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 09:53:43 AM »
Este es un buen consejo para usted y su novia .

Usted necesidad de utilizar condones para penetración anal o vaginal, en todo momento, sin excepciones hasta el momento en que se encuentre en una forma segura relación monógama en la que han puesto a prueba para todas las infecciones de transmisión sexual.

a aceptar la idea de tener relaciones sexuales es dar su consentimiento a la posibilidad de estar infectado con una ETS. [ /b]sexo sin condón sólo dura un par de minutos, pero el vih es para siempre.

Eche un vistazo a través de los condones y lubricante enlaces en mi línea de la firma para que se pueda utilizar los condones con confianza.

a pesar de que usted no tiene un riesgo y no es necesario para comprobar la existencia de este incidente específico [ /b], todas las personas sexualmente activas deben tener una atención de la salud sexual, incluyendo pero no limitado a las pruebas del vih, por lo menos una vez al año o con más frecuencia, si las relaciones sexuales se produce.

Si usted no está teniendo ya regulares, chequeos de rutina, ahora es el momento de comenzar. Siempre que usted asegurarse de que los condones se utilizan para tener relaciones sexuales, puede esperar su rutina las pruebas de detección del vih para volver con resultados negativos.

No se olvide de obtener para todas las otras infecciones de transmisión sexual, ya que son mucho más fáciles de transmitir que el vih. [ /B]algunas de las otras enfermedades de transmisión sexual pueden estar presentes sin síntomas obvios, de modo que la única manera de saber con certeza es a prueba.

Usar condones para penetración anal o vaginal, correcta y consistentemente, y evitar la infección por el vih. es así de simple! [ /b]
Hi everyone. I moved to Ecuador to start meds because i figured why not. In any case on Saturday of last week i started taking isentress/truvada (generic). I have felt more or less ok, except the last few days I've been feeling really sick kinda feverish but i don't think i have an actual fever. I've felt weaker and more tired then ever before. Today,I'm gonna see if i can see the doctor but I'm not sure. In any case, I'm a little scared as these seemed to be symptoms of something serious. Am i just exaggerating or should i demand to see the doctor and do something about it. thanks
Am I Infected? / Anal sex exposure
« Last post by cheeky01 on Today at 09:38:46 AM »
Had sex with a guy about 12 hours ago. It was mostly oral, which I know isn't a risk. I did top him for about 10 minutes, but he didn't want me to use lube (which I now realize was not a great idea). Anyway, the condom broke and I ejaculated inside of him (I know because when I pulled out the condom was only partly covering my penis there was no semen in the condom - it was all in him). This is definitely an exposure risk, I realize. He said he is negative, but I have no proof of that and no way to know if he might have been exposed last week or whatever. Also, he didn't seem concerned at all, so maybe he wasn't being honest about his status. So, I'm pretty sure I need to do PEP just to be safe.

My question is not so much about exposure risk, I know I have an exposure risk. I am wondering where on earth I can go to get PEP. I don't really have a regular doctor, and I'd prefer something more discreet, not my regular doctor's office (if I had one) or local emergency room. I am near a mid-size city in the US, where should I look for someone to prescribe me PEP?

Am I Infected? / Re: Terrified
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 09:37:47 AM »
The average time to seroconversion is 22 days. Most who are infected will test positive by 6 weeks. For various reasons a small number will take longer and that is why we follow the CDC recommendation to test at 3 months for a conclusive negative result.

Its a good sign you tested negative so you are on the right track, just get it confirmed at 3 months . Keep in mind that a negative result rarely changes this late in the game .
Estoy infectado? / Es necesario que se haga la prueba??
« Last post by Creamboy on Today at 09:32:22 AM »
Buen día, mi caso es el siguiente:
Tengo más de un año de tener sexo con la misma pareja sexual en repetidas ocasiones y la penetración ha sido sin condón, las situaciones han sido muchas le he penetrado aun ella estando con menstruación.

En este año ninguno ha tenido otra pareja sexual, solo ella y yo.

Esta semana por un chequeo me hice la prueba rápida de VIH en un laboratorio y esta resultó negativa gracias a Dios. Mi duda es, es necesario que mi novia se haga la prueba dado que en estos últimos 15 meses sólo yo he sido su pareja sexual??

Agradezco mucho su atención y amable respuesta.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: An on-going thread
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Today at 09:31:44 AM »
You only get five hours of sleep everyday? That doesn't sound very healthy.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: An on-going thread
« Last post by wolfter on Today at 09:28:38 AM »
Since switching off the Isentress, I sleep in until about 6:30 or so everyday.  Previously, I was always up having coffee by 4:00.  I went from a mere few hours per day to about 5 now.  I don't take naps but have found myself resting more often. 

Even with my lame leg, I'm heading down to mow at the post.  We are so short handed and everyone has been taking up my slack. 
Am I Infected? / Re: probably paranoid
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 09:24:13 AM »
You are welcome !
Am I Infected? / Re: probably paranoid
« Last post by paranoidinSA on Today at 09:12:26 AM »
Ok well when I glanced over at the condom it still seemed like it was holding its shape so that is reassuring. Thanks so much for answering my questions so quickly! Definitely gave me a lot of peace of mind. I will continue to test routinely for STDs/HIV. Thanks again!
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