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Off Topic Forum / TGIF restaurant in TOKYO
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on June 30, 2016, 09:52:10 AM »
My favorite place.  I was waiting for a friend this afternoon.
Next to my table was an African-American family,  grandma, a young couple, and a boy of around age ten.  I noticed they had an east-coast accent.  I asked them where they came from.   New Jersey.  I told them that l had been to Newark, Patterson, Pennsauken, and Hoboken.  Wow, their faces turned bright with most beautiful smiles.   Grandma said that l was the first local person that had talked to them since arriving here three days ago.   We shook hands with each other when parting.
Languages enable us human beings to share feelings.
Living With HIV / Re: Increases in CD4 count over time
« Last post by connor on June 30, 2016, 09:32:52 AM »
Thanks mate. I didn't know that. The web links were very helpful.
Am I Infected? / Re: Gaining Weight without any HIV Meds
« Last post by JimDublin on June 30, 2016, 09:27:03 AM »

Look we provide risk assessment here, if you had a risk test.

How is it possible to gain weight, well like the rest of the population eating more than needed and poor diets is a factor.

If you taking about wasting thats a diffrent matter and normally happens in untreated HIV at an advanced stage so much later. Anyhow here you can read a bit more. https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/changes-face-body-lipodystrophy-wasting

And what also causes buttocks to be extremely soft?

Age is one reason just like anyone else.

Your gain has nothing to do with HIV speak to a Doctor and as far as HIV concerns simply test.

Am I Infected? / Re: Gaining Weight without any HIV Meds
« Last post by forus2know on June 30, 2016, 09:19:46 AM »
So the answer is YES you can experience weight gain even when HIV+.

My reason for asking is because I have gained large amounts of weight noticeably and I wanted to know if this is rare or not. Yes I understand that testing is the only way to know for sure, but I wanted to see who all have experienced any weight gain prior to them knowing their status.

How is this possible when the disease is associated with weight loss? I've read that people only lose weight when on treatment, so without treatment weight gain is very possible then.
Am I Infected? / Re: Am i affected with HIV/STDs with scrab skin
« Last post by JimDublin on June 30, 2016, 09:19:07 AM »

Just as a reminder


Remember that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's. So please do get fully tested regularly for all STI's including HIV and more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs. Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.
Am I Infected? / Re: Gaining Weight without any HIV Meds
« Last post by JimDublin on June 30, 2016, 09:15:39 AM »

If you are concerned you may have HIV than go test, testing is the only way to know if you had a risk.

I have gained and lost weight whilst living with HIV even back when i was not on medication. I am not sure why you are asking.



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Am I Infected? / Re: Am i affected with HIV/STDs with scrab skin
« Last post by JimDublin on June 30, 2016, 09:12:49 AM »

This was not a risk for a number of reasons, once exposed to outside the human body to air, HIV is not infectious, in addition the wound might seem active and fresh to you but in reality its not and it has started to heal also it is not an effective route nor did you have any contact with HIV to start with so all in all no risk.

Am I Infected? / Gaining Weight without any HIV Meds
« Last post by forus2know on June 30, 2016, 09:11:18 AM »
I know HIV/AIDS is highly associated with weight loss and gaining weight MAY OR MAY NOT be possible with the disease.

My biggest question is can anyone gain weight or FAT preferably while HIV+ and without any ART, HAART or meds period?

I have gained lots of subcutaneous fat but over a great amount of years have lost fat/weight. Also this fat gain is more in the thighs, upper arms and buttocks. And what also causes buttocks to be extremely soft?

I know many will say just get tested and I am aware of doing this.

I know this isn't a crazy question because now there are studies saying that FAT GAIN can be caused by high viral load itself rather than ART.

So is it possible to have weight gain being HIV+ for a while?
Living With HIV / Re: would you disclose to a probation officer?
« Last post by zach on June 30, 2016, 09:07:24 AM »
one of the first things i said in front of the judge, and glad i did because it confused her too

Your Honor, I don't understand why I am here, and I don't understand how I have violated the terms of Probation you set... if you'd please read the petition, even it doesn't say....

quoted directly from the petition for revocation of probation of order

That the Defendant has violated the terms and conditions of probation in the following particulars:   NONE

she looked confused, asked the PO to explain
Am I Infected? / Re: Am i affected with HIV/STDs with scrab skin
« Last post by Darrenwei on June 30, 2016, 09:06:10 AM »
With the scarab wounds that i have injured on the  skin..
Chances of getting the virus is it high or consider low or no risks??
I am just to paranoid....
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