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Am I Infected? / oraquick swab test at 6 weeks
« Last post by misspriss323 on Yesterday at 12:51:28 AM »
On Jan 3rd I had unprotected sex twice with someone who I have had on and off sex with for 6 years. My last HIV test was last year and it was negative. So anways we had sex on Jan 3rd and than I found out he had slept with a friend of mine that has had unprotected sex with four guys since October of last year. She was recently tested the second week of Jan and her test was negative. I was concerned after I found out he had slept with her because I knew she wouldn't use protection. Even though she tested negative I am a paranoid person so today I bought the oraquick home test kit and tested twice. Both tests were negative. My question is, is this test accurate because it has only been about 48 days since I had unprotected sex. Can someone help please. Thank you.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Hard to be LTS almost 30 years with no partner:
« Last post by jm1953 on February 12, 2016, 11:33:46 PM »
Thanks Betty for your reply.  I too really don't have the desire to enter into a relationship, as I am ok with being alone, and kind of enjoy it for the same reasons you pointed out.  My therapist suggested a roommate situation might help.  However the only person I would feel comfortable being a roommate with are my two best friends, one in Palm Springs, and the other in Philadelphia.  Both would involve a big move and my energy isn't the greatest.  But he has a point I think.

I am a writer, and as most writers know, the best writing comes from minimum distraction.  I have done some of my best writing since I became single.  And this is something I will continue to pursue. 

So, in a way,  I think we are on the same page.  And knowing someone who can relate means a lot, and I feel less alone in this predicament.

Thanks Betty, appreciate your responding to my post.

Sending you my best wishes,

Living With HIV / Re: Bad Labs = Panic Attack
« Last post by pozzitive on February 12, 2016, 10:54:04 PM »
Thank you all, I freaked out today. It was a bad day at work but after hearing these amazing, knowledgeable self experiences I feel much better. I was pissed because I saw a +1 protein in my urine as well that my doctor does seem to be concerned - because it is probably not important - but I tend to worry a little from time to time. Usually when I am stressed out at work.

I think I need to meditate more.

Thanks again!
Thanks Jeff G!
I have chosen 8pm (Thai time) as my "med-time".
I usually eat late - sometimes after 8 (no later than 9 and in those cases i will take the pills at 9!).
When i travel to Europe 2-3 times a year, i will either have a late afternoon sandwich/granola bar + fruit/whatever or early dinner OR...if i am there for more than a week i will just delay and adjust to the local time. For East Coast USA (i go once a year) i will have it after BF (8am). Its weird adjusting to the new time and well, a bit exciting (?)...

Looking forward to my next med switch hopefully be a shot once a month! :-))) (let`s hope they invent it - or a cure!)
Donít overthink it Ö you are not going to end up with resistance issues.

I have to take my meds with food and lunch seems to be the best time for me when I consistently eat between 10 am till 2 pm . Just choose a time of day when you know you will be having a meal and take your meds when you eat if you eat at noon one day and 10 am the next it wont matter, nor will it matter if you take them around 2 if you have a late lunch. If you cant plan on one meal a day with a 4 hour window period then Ö get your life in order boy and get with the program.  :) ;)
Estoy infectado? / Re: cunilingus preocupado
« Last post by Andy Velez on February 12, 2016, 08:54:14 PM »
Estoy esperando un resultado alegre por Vd.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Estoy infectado? ayuda!!
« Last post by Andy Velez on February 12, 2016, 08:51:50 PM »
Buena suerte.  Estoy esperando una buena noticia por Vd.
Forums Gatherings / Re: AMG 2016...Time to pick a town, venue and date
« Last post by leatherman on February 12, 2016, 08:40:29 PM »
Cleveland OH
Charlotte NC
Atlanta GA

I haven't seen you guys since Seattle (2011) :( I know I keep promising Wolfie every year that I'll go and then don't. I'll make (and probably break) that promise again this year. LOL BUt I haven't even been back to OH since I left there in '09 :( , so don't be mad at me. Instead vote for Cleveland - that way I can see Wolfie and hang out with the gang again. Afterwards I could hit up all my old homies in Canton before heading back to home in the Carolinas.
Thanks guys! Now my worry is how much food do i really need to eat before taking the meds (is an apple enough? granola bar + banana...etc). And...how do i prevent resistance. I try not to think of the latter, but it is a concern in the back of my mind...
Living With HIV / Re: Bad Labs = Panic Attack
« Last post by leatherman on February 12, 2016, 08:28:47 PM »
lab work is only a snapshot of one moment in your 24/7 life. CD4s fluctuate wildly (within about 100 pt range) throughout the day, as does your temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate.

None of us has been cured, and research clearly shows that the problem is that we always have some reservoirs of virus - always slowing churning out more virions, which occasionally "spill over". So your viral load is not a static number either. When this spillover happens the HIV encounters the meds you have in your system (remaining adherent ensures this med level is always be "high enough" to deal with this low level replication) and the virus is unable to mutate, and dies off . . . . and viola, once again you're undetectable. Too bad you didn't wait 2 hours or maybe a couple days later to be tested. LOL So these small (<500) jumps are not so much "blips", as much as they are the "problem" of you getting tested at the "wrong" time (well, not really "wrong" but more like an "inopportune" time)

Small counts of VL should really never be called "blips". That's giving too much credence to just a part of the cycle while producing too much stress in the patient. 500 is the "blip" amount when most doctors will begin to become concerned. (and they'll be concerned about your adherence much more than concerned about whether this might be a med failure problem). You'll know your doc is worried about the meds when he asks to have a genotype test done.

for disclosure and anecdotal purposes, I have had blips before, with the most recent "blip" back in sept. About 4 yrs into my last regimen, I had a blip nearly every 4-6 months over a couple years going from 2500 to UD to 1700 to UD to 950 to UD to 327 to <20. Then I held UD for another 4 years (bringing me up to 11 yrs on this regimen) before the amazing blips of 27,000 and 78,900 this past Sept. It sure looked like med failure; however the genotype testing showed my meds were still quite effective against my HIV. A few weeks later, labs showed that I was already back to UD. (I did take this opportunity to change to another regimen but that's another story)
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