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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Appetite
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 04:43:49 PM »
I did have a increased appetite for the first few months and it settled down after that. Then again considering i was down to 136 pounds i considered it a good thing. I gained to 148.5 pounds in the first 6 weeks, by 2-3 months i was 154 pounds (About 70 kg)
Living With HIV / MOVED: Appetite
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 04:34:31 PM »
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Triumeq side effects?
« Last post by Mac2016 on Yesterday at 04:16:14 PM »
Hi All,

YES, I had some side effects from Triumeq. They have subsided. I had lower stomach issues. I spent a fortune on copays from doc's visits to ER visits. Not sure if it was in my head or not. My doc told me to try strong yogurt which I got at the Vitamin Shoppe and probiotic tabs. Eventually, my stomach calmed down. Also, Lexapro helped. I began eating better and sleeping better.

Please remember Triumeq and other HIV Meds are changing the chemistry of your body. They are making the bug behave. I haven't been taking meds for not quite a year and I have gotten into a routine. Triumeq is part of my breakfast ritual. I am feeling better thankfully, and my body has gotten used to it.  Give it time. I dealt with the depression and insomnia. My body didn't feel like it was mine. I would sit and watch tv, and I couldn't get comfortable. I had to take Klonipin each night just to get some sleep. The anxiety was terrifying. I was told Triumeq is the strongest and best on the market for one pill regimens. My doc told me to be patient. It was part of the body's reconstitution. I was convinced the doc was wrong. We laugh about it now. I was a psychological mess.

If you have any questions, I will gladly answer them. I can't thank Triumeq enough for helping me.

Thanks for listening,

Robbie :)
Am I Infected? / Re: 9 Week Oraquick Negitive but the Kicker is...HELP!
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 04:12:01 PM »
Hi Mark,

The Oraquick test, done at 9 weeks is a good indicator, I do recommend that you test again at 13 weeks to confirm the results.

Keep in mind that Dr. Google will reflect the (tone) of your search and in reality testing is the only way of knowing.  You can post 3 times for free so use your last post wisely. 

Kind regards


You can read about testing here:Testing Information
You can read about HIV Transmission here: Transmission Information
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Appetite
« Last post by caveyuk on Yesterday at 04:07:52 PM »
Started meds a month ago (Tivicay/Truvada). Have always been a fairly big eater, with the waistline to prove it, and know it's something I need to address soon.

But in the last couple of weeks, my appetite has been through the roof. I just can't stop eating. It feels as though it is unnaturally high - even for me.

Is this something known to be associated with starting meds?

Reading online, there is a lot of stuff about suppressed appetite, but not so much the opposite!
Vivir con el VIH / Re: Relación Serodiscordante
« Last post by xyahka on Yesterday at 03:58:44 PM »
Hola Daniel, saludos desde Ecuador tambien.

Espero que poco a poco las cosas mejoren con tu relacion y que realmente todo pueda llegar a un punto de normalidad.

aun abrazo y mis mejores deseos.


Am I Infected? / Re: 9 Week Oraquick Negitive but the Kicker is...HELP!
« Last post by Markymark88 on Yesterday at 03:53:02 PM »
Thanks Jim. I understand that symptoms can mean anything. I guess I was more worried about the fact that I  got Chlamydia which in turn leads to a really high exposure to HIV which is what Dr. Google has been saying. I was also more concerned with the 9Week NEG based on the Oraquick Swab which I have heard mixed things about again on Dr. Google.
Am I Infected? / Re: 9 Week Oraquick Negitive but the Kicker is...HELP!
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 03:45:54 PM »

Firstly we do not discuss symptoms if your not feeling well please speak to your doctor to find out what is making you ill. As for any other health issues such as Chlamydia please also work with your doctor.

Regarding your own possible HIV exposure, if i understand you correctly you had unprotected intercourse and tested negative at 9-10 weeks.

Guidelines are to test at 6 weeks past any incident and then at 13 weeks to confirm the result. Saying that it would be rare for a 9-10 week negative result to turn positive at 13 weeks. You can read more about testing here: Testing Information

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.

Keep in mind that If 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


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Am I Infected? / 9 Week Oraquick Negitive but the Kicker is...HELP!
« Last post by Markymark88 on Yesterday at 03:17:38 PM »
I had unprotected vaginal insertive back on11/28/2015 and 12/2/2015 with the same girl. On 12/08 I was treated for Chlamydia AND LATER FOUND POSITIVE FOR IT. After a round of antibiotics it was presumably gone. However the Doxycycline caused me to experience all the ARS symptoms. After a week or so  of being off they were gone. Reading over and over again about symptoms I told the girl to test and she kept saying she was negative and finally went and bought an Oraquick test at her 8 week post exposure to her ex who gave her the chlamydia and it came back negative. I was only at 4 weeks and so the wait was on. After my 9 week exposure I went and bought an Oraquick Swab test from CVS and it came back negative. I am now going on week 10 and still feel like garbage. Can I assume that my 9 week Oraquick is pretty accurate? Your help is appreciated.
Research News & Studies / Re: Cure Research
« Last post by geobee on Yesterday at 02:33:18 PM »
I used to laugh with my sister that every day I checked the website "www.falsehope.com".  It's natural to want a cure.   On the lighter side, I do think there will be one.  Heck, they've cured HepC which was long thought incurable.  The current research into new vaccines, drugs that wake up dormant HIV, long-lasting injections of drugs/antibodies -- there is a lot going on in the field right now.

For myself, I type in "AIDS Cure" about once a week into my browser.  I also really like medicine, so I partly do it out of scientific curiosity.   Hang in there.  As they say, it gets better.
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