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Living With HIV / Re: neg wife is unexpectedly pregnant
« Last post by 2tcells on Yesterday at 11:58:07 AM »
update: wife is still negative, first trimester is over and everything looks normal for the baby. don't know the gender yet but will soon
Entiendo que estas nervioso ahora pero en poco tiempo puede probar y estoy esperando un resultado negativo por Vd.

Hacelo la prueba !!!!
I Just Tested Poz / Re: My partner of 4 years tested positive today
« Last post by Jasper01 on Yesterday at 11:44:28 AM »
So, I'm kind of reeling right now and I guess I just want to hear other people's thoughts on this... my partner finally got his results today.  CD4 - 190s and VL 200,000s.  So, the HIV doc was waiting for these numbers before they scheduled him an appointment... 7 MONTHS AWAY.  Is there any world where this makes sense?  Should he not be starting treatment immediately?  As if all this hasn't been stressful enough it appears the docs are going to add another layer of stress to everything.  I just cannot wrap my head around this.  Mind blown. 
Living With HIV / Re: Cannot contain my joy!
« Last post by gcr.mty.mx on Yesterday at 11:32:01 AM »
Last night I reflected on my situation. Its good to take a few minutes once in a while to be in the moment.

I thought about all the people who have made efforts for me to be able to be on meds and UD today. Doctors, nurses, researchers but mainly older generations of poz patients. Although I know there are still chances of bumps on the road ahead, I know now things have come a long way. You are in my thoughts and I will be forever grateful.

Oh, and all the patients who are having setbacks, hang in there. You are in my thoughts too.

There is so much to be done and hopefully we will see a cure in our lifetime.

In the meantime I invite you to contribute to the cause in whatever measure is practical to you. I have taken up peer counseling (thank you @leatherman for helping me find the word for it in english). When I tested positive someone took the time to take me through it, answer my calls, went to the doctors office first couple of times and became a good friend. This is the least I can do to give back.

I dream of a better world.

Have a great week everyone. Stay strong!

If my recollection is correct, you had mentionned a long while ago that your doctor is up-to-date.

This is why it would be usefull to know what he thinks of the WHO endorsement of Efavirenz 400 mg and how it can be implemented in practice, especially in India where these generics are manufactured.

this might be useful for other people.

Take care
Vivir con el VIH / Re: Llevo pocos meses con el diagnostico del VIH
« Last post by oliverdm on Yesterday at 10:40:42 AM »
Holaaa, estoy de vuelta con resultados que me han dado justamente hoy.

Esta vez si que me han dado copia de los resultados en la hoja, asi que puedo comentarlo con exactitud.
CD4: 10,7%
CD4 recuento: 128
CD8: 49,7%
CD8 recuento: 596
 y CV: indetectable

Me ha comentado que para estar en los valores ideales y correctos de CD4 tardaré unos 5 años en llegar a ese recuento. 

Resto de los análisis perfectos. Y el Septrin ya no hace falta que me lo tome.
Am I Infected? / Re: Possibly high risk? Limited help in my country.
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 10:36:41 AM »

Nothing you mentioned is specific to ARS or HIV.

HIV symptoms vary and if they do happen, they happen all at once and go away the same but it simply most people experience no symptoms or too mild/vague to even notice them.

Nobody is going to be able to tell you anything more concrete, know I understand your situation but testing is really the only way of knowing.

Am I Infected? / Re: Possibly high risk? Limited help in my country.
« Last post by CLaCer on Yesterday at 10:28:35 AM »
Ok I know I should use condoms and I know I should get checkups if I am sexually active. But I explained the current problem with getting tested at this time. And although it's true I should use condoms, I didn't, and here I am. Since I don't have HIV help resources I am hoping for information about what I might have from people in this forum.

I started feeling like I was fighting off some kind of infection on the 3rd day of having sex with this guy. A week and a half later the fighting off infection feeling was gone (and I never had a fever) but on my right sole of my foot I have reddish itchy bumps. This happened around 1.5 to 2 weeks after the sexual activities. Is having an ARS rash ever in such a specific isolated place? I have no rash anywhere else. I've heard it's usually affecting the body on both sides. I'm not looking for something conclusive. I know that's from a test only. But info doesn't hurt. If I said my symptom was that my hair turned purple I think we could rule that out, for example. Can I rule this out for any reason maybe?
Am I Infected? / Re: Want my life Back(Oral sex)
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 10:25:29 AM »
Your oral questions have been asked and answered by several people.
Test as normal and move on with your life.

If you can't accept the assessment or move on by all means test sooner however do not ask about oral, kissing, or outside the human body contact again.  If anything had stood out as a risk we would have told you it was a risk.

Am I Infected? / Re: Want my life Back(Oral sex)
« Last post by balaji2385 on Yesterday at 10:19:31 AM »
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