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Thanks, JimDublin & Eric48.

Jim: My ID said almost the same thing that you are saying. Since I don't have any pre-existing heart condition, Abacavir is not a risk. I also do not smoke (never have), I don't drink much either (an occasional beer or wine) and work out about 3 times a week. I guess since all my other blood work is normal (no diabetes or high cholesterol as yet), I think it should be fine. Thanks.
I know Dolutegravir is not yet available in India and neither is the new version of Atripla with Tonofovir that does not cause kidney issues - so those options are out for me.

Eric: I will check with my ID & do some research on that 400mg Efavirenz & if it's availability in India. Thanks.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Re-lapse or being rundown?
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 07:10:24 AM »

Welcome to the forum.

Could be just that your body now has a chance to start fighting underling conditions now that your VL is starting to be suppressed,  "Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS)" also jumps to mind. Now if you have been talking your treatment than you should keep doing that and try not to stress too much and see the doc on the 29th when you will get answers.

Nobody here is going to be able to diagnosis what is wrong, if anything is wrong to begin with, in short it could be anything or nothing.

Do flag with them how you feeling and I hope you feel better soon.

Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re-lapse or being rundown?
« Last post by JasonD95 on Yesterday at 07:02:26 AM »
Hi there,

I'd just like to ask a quick question about a treatment concern I have. I was diagnosed a little over 2 months ago. I was put on Truvada and Raltegrivir immediately after my results came back as in their words "there wasn't much time left", they couldn't even wait for my resistance tests.

Which was all fine, my viral load dropped from 897,300 to 47 in 4 weeks. My issue is now that I've started feeling really, really rubbish again and it's getting worse every day.

I have an appointment on the 29th, but something has to let up before then. I'm just curious what you folks think the likelihood is that my treatment is no longer working effectively? Given the combination, I'd imagine the chances of that are pretty damn low, but why else would I be heading downhill again? It's entirely possible I'm just becoming a bit run down :o

I'm on several different medications that might be contributing. Those are:

Serc-16 (to help with HIV related vertigo)
Propranolol 80mg
An antibiotic (to treat my initial infections)
Citalopram 40mg.

Many thanks in advance!
Am I Infected? / Re: Potential risk - scary symptoms
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 06:58:46 AM »
If what you posted is true and your only concern since your last negative result than you should fully expect a negative result again when you next test.

Living With HIV / Re: Should I Disclose?
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 06:57:10 AM »
As I've indicated, I opened this topic to discuss the issue with you.

With that comes the risk that someone will say something you don't like.
Just keep it in mind. The only comments that are outrageous so far has been your own responses in this thread.

My note to you is not a debate item. I have not voiced my personal point of view regarding your disclosure and will refrain from doing so.

Am I Infected? / Re: Potential risk - scary symptoms
« Last post by Taylor1689 on Yesterday at 06:52:55 AM »
Thanks for the quick reply Jim. You do great work on here.

So you think there is 0% chance I have HIV based on the info I have provided? Would you have absolute confidence I would test HIV negative if took a test tomorrow?

Thanks again.
Am I Infected? / Re: Potential risk - scary symptoms
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 06:44:13 AM »

Receiving a BJ and having your testicles sucked is not a risk and nobody has ever been infected this way.  Masturbation is not a risk and If the condom would have failed you would have known about it. Keep in mind HIV isn’t transmitted By hugging, shaking hands, sharing toilets, sharing dishes, kissing, through saliva, tears, or sweat

All in all nothing you mentioned here was a risk for HIV.

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 (STI's) sexually transmitted infections together.

As you are sexually active, it is highly recommended that you get a full sexual health check-up / screening at least annually including but not limited to hiv testing.

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.

Finally use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, to avoid sexually transmitted hiv infection.

Kind regards


Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will be deleted.

Living With HIV / Re: Should I Disclose?
« Last post by tarantula on Yesterday at 06:35:29 AM »

When you post keep in mind members are free to comment and voice their opinion whether you do or do not like it . Now if you do not agree with someone you are free to debate it if you want.  However you will remain courteous towards the other members and on topic. If you can't than simply don't open a topic.

Now if you are having problems with another forum member, you have two options. One, you can use the Report to Moderator link found at the bottom of any post. Two, you can put that forum member on Ignore by using the link that appears at the bottom of the user information next to their post. You can unignore a member by going into your profile and taking them off the ignore list.


As I've indicated, I opened this topic to discuss the issue with you. I just can't bear with offensive and outrageous comments. This is what makes me act bitchy. Thanks for your suggestions btw. I'm new here and didn't fully know the options you mentioned. I will immediately get used to them :)
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Tinnitus and ARVs?
« Last post by awakening on Yesterday at 06:34:25 AM »
My next doctor appointment is not for a few weeks but I will certainly bring up thia concern then. Thanks for the replies.
Am I Infected? / Potential risk - scary symptoms
« Last post by Taylor1689 on Yesterday at 06:31:43 AM »
Hi there,

Almost exactly a year ago, I had a one night stand with a black African lady in the UK. We kissed, masturbated one another, I then received oral sex from her, which involved her sucking my penis and my testicles. We then had a couple of minutes of vaginal sex, during which I wore a condom. I remember removing the condom and noting that there was semen in it, so I presume this rules out the prospect of it having broken. I feel like when she was sucking my balls they went quite deep into her mouth, could it have come into contact with something infectious at the back of her throat?

About 2 months after this sexual encounter, I developed what the doctor diagnosed as glandular fever. However, the blood tests did not confirm it was glandular fever, and they made the diagnosis on symptoms alone (and they were all there). I have been crippled with anxiety ever since the moment, and have been researching HIV intensively ever since. Now, about a year after the incident,  I have started to suffer with flaking skin on my moustache area, which I believe could be seborrheic dermatitis, which seems to be really linked to HIV.

All of this seems too much to be coincidence, but when I try to interpret the information on HIV transmission, I don't think I was subjected to much risk. I have only had sex 3 times, and for all this to happen after a sexual encounter with someone from a demographic that has a higher likelihood of HIV seems too much to be coincidence.

Can you please offer me your expert advice? Many thanks.
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