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Am I Infected? / Re: extremely depressed, scared, ashamed, alone, young
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 01:53:52 AM »
I see but please assume the condom is very low quality and has been poked. Is it a 100% chance i am infected?

An intact condom means no risk of infection.  You can assume whatever you want, but it does not change the no risk assessment.  The age of the condom has no bearing as long as it remained intact, which yours did, so no risk.

Am I Infected? / Re: Im Very Anxious
« Last post by kombokenk on Today at 01:47:45 AM »
Thanks... Any Generation Hiv Test Are Conlusive 90.Day ??
I see but please assume the condom is very low quality and has been poked. Is it a 100% chance i am infected?
I Just Tested Poz / Re: how was your "seroconversion"?
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 01:33:33 AM »
Zombie thread alert.

We prefer you to start a new thread, rather than resurrecting one that has not had a response since 2009.  We call them zombie threads for a reason.  They died once and should remain buried.

Am I Infected? / Re: extremely depressed, scared, ashamed, alone, young
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 01:28:06 AM »
Protected sex is not a risk for infection.  Sex workers use condoms to protect themselves as well and do not poke holes in them.  Condoms are designed so that when they fail there is no doubt, they shred.  An intact condom means no risk.  We always assume your partner is positive when doing assessments and you did not have a risk.

The risk factors for HIV are ...

Sharing IV drug needles immediately after use.
Unprotected anal and vaginal sex.
Mother to child during or shortly after birth.
Very specific health care situations.

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 STDs 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!

I will make this as detailed as possible. A month ago i had protected vaginal sex with a CSW ( this is my very first time wtih CSW) with no oral. I know this is a low risk situation but just assume the worst scenario are the following:
1. She is HIV+ with high viral load
2. She provided me the condom (fact). Assume the condom is very very low quality, expired and unknown brand,substance.
3. The vaginal sex lasted for 3mn max (fact). I carefully removed the condom and noticed some vacuum inside the condom, making it not easy to take it off. Through this careful process, i did not see anything unusual ( rip, tear). Main concern:
However,I assume that the condom has been poked with a needle beforehand because she did know when I ejaculated inside the condom ( please assume the condom has been sabotaged). In addition, i am not sure if i noticed any of my cum inside the condom ( although the quantity of ejaculation was small as i remembered).
What are my risks from the small needle hole inside the condom?
I am extremely depressed, scared, ashamed of my action and can't quite cope with daily lives any more.
 Thanks  :'(  :'(
Living With HIV / Re: New Test Results - Good Surprise
« Last post by Lou-ah-vull on Today at 12:20:02 AM »
Thanks Jeff...and I have a ton of bad habits that will have to be broken!  This is going to be the more difficult battle for sure....

I Just Tested Poz / Re: test results +
« Last post by Weber on Today at 12:00:51 AM »
Hello NYman,

Sorry to hear about your dx. It's been about 7 months for me. I hear ya especially about the feeling of loneliness. I've been very reserved about disclosure. So far I'm pretty much alone in my coping journey which isn't easy but I'm slowly realizing feelings of isolation and loneliness are really just in our head because of the stupid stigma surrounding HIV. I relocated shortly after my dx because of work, made new friends, now have a new, fun social circle and things have been pretty good. It's not written on our forehead after all :)

It's never easy to cope with an HIV dx, but life has truly moved on. Yours will too. Promise :) Update us with your treatment and welcome. Hugs...

Living With HIV / Re: Introduction
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 11:50:15 PM »
Welcome here.
I wonder if those 60 are really a concern. What does your doc say?

As for the pills and customs, have you had issues? We haven't had much first hand commentary in this forum about someone actually having an issue in customs.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: doctor visit
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 11:46:38 PM »
welcome notover.
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