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Here is information that can help you help yourself . It’s a holiday and you waited for the last moment so bets of luck getting help . You need to stop having unprotected sex before you end up living with HIV . Why would you have unsafe sex and test later ?

Here is a link to a list of resources in your area …

Here is a link o our lessons on testing and PEP …
PEP … http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/Transmission_17146.shtml

Testing …

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI.Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence .

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 STIs 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!

Sorry to the moderators if I posted this in the wrong category.

I live in NJ, had unprotected anal sex with and swallowed ejaculate of a man who I thought I was going to meet again and get tested with, he hasn't been responding so far. Gut instinct brought me to ER at bellevue in new York exactly 24 hrs later, where I was given a starter kit for 4 days. As luck would have it, with christmas eve and christmas, then a weekend coming up, I've only tomorrow  (friday) to sort out where to get the continuing meds. I was told in new York that since I wasn't a resident of nyc I am not eligible for their programs.

I am uninsured, low income (student), but medicaid eligible trying to get my head around how to get PEP asap. I am currently on a 3 drug regimen. (Isentress and lamivudine (twice/day), and viread (once a day). My pills run out tomorrow.

If anyone can help direct me to the right health care centers in nj for PEP I'd be thankful with my life to them.

Please help!!!!

I have been reading around this forum and now I am terrified again! People who are on meds that stop working, people with intractable side effects, fatigue, depression, afraid to have relationships, loneliness...  My heart is breaking for my son, who is smart and personable and wants to go to college and med school, of all things.  Will that ever be possible?? And how will he ever find a girlfriend who is willing to take a chance with him? I feel like all my dreams are going up in smoke. I'm trying to be optimistic and his doctor seems to be, but it is so hard.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: been a long time......
« Last post by J.R.E. on Yesterday at 02:32:15 PM »

 A much slower pace of life was needed (well slower than the SF Bay area).

Big Hugs,


I hear ya !!  Not sure how old you are, but for Ed and myself, ( We're both 63) we very much like the slower pace of life !  :) We try to think young, but living it is a different story.  ;)

Every once in a while when we get into the fast pace, it doesn't take us long to realize , we have to slow it down a notch or two.

Good to hear from you !----Ray   8)

Am I Infected? / Re: Please help me i am scared and confused
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 01:50:42 PM »
I have not seen PEP fail so you should expect a negative test .
Am I Infected? / Re: Please help me i am scared and confused
« Last post by cheny on Yesterday at 01:37:12 PM »
thank you very much for the reply ....i have not been able to get tested because of the festive season ...i am really freaking out because i thought by today i will be okay however on top f not having my 12th week test my tonsils and neck nodes are still there...however i have been wondering since i took a 11th week test past the first exposure which was 5.3weeks past the 2nd exposure is it possible that PEP could have affected my 11th week test for my 1st exposure since i took PEP during my window period at 6weeks past the 1st exposure.?..i feel so sick fatigued and have been sleeping a lot today i am almost sure i am going to test +ve...i feel so helpless
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: been a long time......
« Last post by weasel on Yesterday at 12:45:14 PM »

  Hi Shark  :)

                       Merry Christmas ! 

Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
« Last post by weasel on Yesterday at 12:43:33 PM »

    Merry Christmas ! 

                    Ho Ho Ho ,
                                     Weasel  :)
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 12:25:00 PM »
Por la ultima vez, los sintomas de Vd. y su esposa no son el VIH especifico.

No puedo creer que no puede obtener una prueba especificamente por el VIH en
Jose, termina el drama y cojello suave. En verdad en leyendo los detalles de su cuenta Vd. no tenia un riesgo verdadero por el VIH. La proteccion del condon es muy efectivo contral la transmicion del VIH. Y sexualmente solamente la copula vaginal y anal sin usando los condones son riesgos confirmados por el VIH.

No hay nada nada en sus sintomas que es el VIH especifico. Si estan continuando son algo a discurtir con su doctor. El VIH no es la causa. Su resultado negativo con la Elisa no es una sorpresa aqui.

Tambien, termina escribiendo en letras largas. Por el internet es como estas gritando aqui. Podemos leer todo muy bien en letras normal.

En verdad a mi me parece que su problema es su culpa sobre su actividad con una otra pareja.

Puedo probar otra vez si necesita por su paz mental pero estoy seguro su resultado sera negativo otra vez.

No puedo creer que en Ecuador no puede obtener una prueba especificamente por el VIH. No es posible. Yah, yah, yah sobre sus sintomas, pero el VIH no es su problema.

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