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91
Living With HIV / Newby on Forum
« Last post by sohotoronto on Yesterday at 12:33:28 PM »
I have been a guest on this site for the past few months, and like most, I have found the courage to post.

I am a 48 year old male and I was diagnosed in June 2014 and placed on Stribild in August.

The stats are below
- August CD4 320 with CD4 percent of 18% VL 740000
- October CD4 346 with CD4 percent of 21% VL 41
- December CD4 281 with CD4 percent of 27% VL undetectable

Before I was diagnosed, I had sleep problems, fatigue issues and overall low energy. In addition to getting sick fairly easily. Since January I have been having stomach problems, (all the usual suspects). They have ruled out drug side effects, so now I am in the waiting game as they try different things and arrange for me to be scoped. Along the journey I developed an iron anemia. I am now taking iron pills and meal replacement to help with my decrease appetite along with the good old multi vitamin.

My challenge is quality of life. I get up for work, feeling tired and not well. I suffer through a work day, where I come home, eat, stay up  for an hour or so more, the I am too tired to stay awake, then it is off to bed to start the cycle again. I find I do not have energy to do much on the week ends, besides relax and sleep so I can get up and do it all over again on Monday.

I am also jealous of my partner who was dx shortly before me with a 220 CD4 count and then after being on meds for two month is at 500 CD4 with a lot more energy than me.

I guess I am looking for encouragement and advice as my doctor take me on the field trip to get me feeling normal (what is that?) again.


92
Am I Infected? / Re: Wondering if I might have contracted HIV
« Last post by ConcernedLad on Yesterday at 12:29:51 PM »
Thanks Joe. I have an appointment booked but it takes 3 weeks to see the gp lol so it's rarely useful lol!

Listen just want to thank you again anyway! Gave me a lot of relief during my time of need! I don't know what's wrong with me but after hearing that receiving oral sex is negligible risk and getting a conclusive negative test at 37 days I'm satisfied it isn't an sti. Although this lump has me anxious again! No rest for the wicked as they say!!
93
Am I Infected? / Re: blisters scratch wound in testicular
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 12:26:33 PM »
Thanks joe for answering my question.but are you sure about that? i have a plan to get hiv VCT test  on next monday.i will sharing that result to this forum.and thank you joe k.

I am sure that you did not have a risk for HIV infection.  Oral sex is not a risk, nor is protected sex.

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.

Use condoms for vaginal and anal sex consistently and correctly and you will avoid HIV infection, it is that simple.

Joe
94
Am I Infected? / Re: Am I at risk
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 12:24:32 PM »
Are you saying it has nothing to do with hiv

That's correct as you have not had a risk for HIV infection.

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!

Joe
95
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda por favor
« Last post by deepside on Yesterday at 12:22:59 PM »
muchas gracias Andy por sacarme todas la dudas y disculpa por muchas molestias cuidese
96
Am I Infected? / Re: waiting for hiv results......risk to baby
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 12:20:01 PM »
Your 7th week negative result is unlikely to change.  If you are still unsure, you can test at 12 weeks to confirm the results.

Joe
97
Living With HIV / Re: The mountains are calling and I must go
« Last post by bocker3 on Yesterday at 12:19:16 PM »
Mike, that son is just like me in almost every way, probably why we clash so much. He's either hot or cold with me for ten years. We've had those long talks and they work for awhile... He's had as tough a time with my dx as I have. Parenting is an imperfect science,  I do what I can to heal things... sometimes I think I do great, other times not so much. Last five years have been tough on everyone,  and he's been plugging away in college stresses for a few years now. No easy answers in life I guess.

Yeah -- parenting is never easy.  Every age has their challenges -- my daughter is 35 and we still have "moments". 
The fact that he "publicly" expressed worry about you really shows that you do have a connection and I hope you take comfort in that during the down times.  Sounds to me like you have done a great job with him!!

M
98
Estoy infectado? / Re: sexo oral con sexo servidor trans
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 12:09:45 PM »
Vd. estas el VIH negativo. Punto.

Teniendo o no hepatitis A es carente de pertinencia sobre su estado del VIH y su resultado negativo por el VIH.

Vd. es es el VIH negativo.

No hay mas que puedo hacer por Vd. aqui porque nuestro foco es solamente y especificamente el VIH. Y Vd. no tiene una problema con el VIH. Tiene que entender no vamos a continuar una ronda interminable sobre una situacion cuando Vd. no tiene una problema con el VIH.

Adelante con su vida. 

Tiene que entender si vuelves otra vez sobre la misma situacion vas a ver su acceso al foro terminado por 28 dias. El VIH no es una problema a este punto por Vd.
99
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda por favor
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 12:06:39 PM »
La media punto por seroconvercion es 22 dias.

Si tenia un riesgo verdadero un negativo a 3 meses es fiable y conclusivo.

Es innecesario a probar otra vez a 6 meses.

Estas negativo. Adelante con su vida.

Tiene que termina su foco sobre detalles y alimentar sus dudas. Vd. estas el VIH negativo. Punto.

No vamos a continuar una ronda de dudas y preguntas cuando sabemos Vd. estas el VIH negativo.

Adelante con su vida.
100
Am I Infected? / Re: waiting for hiv results......risk to baby
« Last post by confuzed on Yesterday at 12:00:14 PM »
Thanks Andy. I just got my 3rd gen 7th week results as negative. I took it from stdtestexpress.com and they ordered it in quest diagnostics. They say it as conclusive and I can be extremely confident of my result.  But I developed a mouth sore today, at the end of tenth week.

Could you please tell me if I need additional testing.
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