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Am I Infected? / Re: Unprotected oral sex with a Open wound
« Last post by Joe K on July 29, 2015, 02:43:01 PM »
We have already told you that you have not had a risk.  If you cannot accept that fact, then test and collect your negative result.  We do not comment on what others may claim regarding HIV transmission.

Am I Infected? / Re: Unprotected oral sex with a Open wound
« Last post by Elsarnawy on July 29, 2015, 02:26:54 PM »
But i Was at the doctor today And he told me that fresh open blisters are so dangereous is that right because i am scared to death really
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: L.A.-area docs with Anthem Blue Cross
« Last post by Jmarksto on July 29, 2015, 01:27:29 PM »
Grant;  First, welcome to the boards - here are a few thoughts:

1.) Doctor review apps: WebMD has a useful article on the various online doctor review apps. They point out that these can be useful but don't rely on them alone.


2.) Are you looking for/need something in particular (ie. LTS, drug resistance, mental health issues, ....). If so, you may just call the office explain you are looking for a new doctor and note you have a few questions.  I would ask how many HIV patients they have and if then ask what % of their patient mix includes your particular interests/needs.

3.) Specific feedback on the docs you have listed may be more comfortable to give through a Private Message (PM) to you.  You need to post three times to get PM privileges on these boards - you are currently at 2.  I recommend getting your post count to 3 and then asking if people would PM you.

Again, welcome and I hope you find a good doc.
AIDS Activism / Re: Letter to the White House
« Last post by xman on July 29, 2015, 12:57:49 PM »
"out about your status" and "disclosure to sexual partners" are different matters.

Because HIV is a terminal, transmissible disease; and because there is no 100% guarantee on oral, UD or condoms (though I am incredibly happy to know that oral and UD after a certain amount of time approach 0% transmission), a person should always disclose to someone they with whom they will be having sex. That person deserves to know their risks - especially when people like us who are HIV+ are often much more educated than the average jane or joe. ;)

hiv is no more considered a terminal disease. we have drugs that effectively control the virus and which permit a normal life span now. recent studies demonstrated that the transmission with an ud viral load is practically zero (ias 2015) even for unprotected insertive sex. in my opinion disclosure is important but w/out a significant risk i don't think that it should be mandatory by law. it should be more adeguated that once you're in care and ud you're free of criminal charges. the responsibility should also be for anaware positivies. their negligence for public health is much more dangerous as they continue to infect others if carriers but not aware of their status.
Am I Infected? / Re: Please advice really scared
« Last post by Joe K on July 29, 2015, 12:36:59 PM »
We do not comment on what other sites may claim and I removed the link for the website you mentioned.  We can't say it any plainer: YOU DID NOT HAVE A RISK.

Am I Infected? / Re: Please advice really scared
« Last post by Test question on July 29, 2015, 12:25:22 PM »
Your responses really act as pain relievers and I hope you're right with my situation. The reason for my panic was because I might have been in contact with blood (than sexual fluids) with hiv which seems to hold virus for long time outside human body than other fluids. Is there anything you guys would like to add regarding the info on (link removed by Joe K) website.
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: Trying to Figure It All Out
« Last post by Jmarksto on July 29, 2015, 12:19:04 PM »
Hey Islandguy;  I think AusShep has hit both nails on the head. 

The insurance company website will have a list of drugs that are covered and which tier (ie. % of cost covered, or level of co-pay required).  The most common (one pill/day option) drugs to search for are Stribild, Complera, Triumeq, and Atripla, which will likely be listed under the category "Antiretrovirals".  I would also look at the BC general policy terms to see how much of your drugs are covered by insurance, whether you have  flat amount co-pay or a % of drug cost.

In terms of trusting the PR ID docs --- my recollection from your other thread is that this is a very recent infection and while you did have some seroconversion symptoms (and some hip pain) it is highly unlikely that you have other complicating factors (such as opportunistic infections).  If it were me, I would go to the PR docs and get my basic blood work done as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Then the question is do you start meds right away (which is recommended now) and if so which meds.  If you were to have some complications (which is very unlikely) AND you didn't trust the PR docs based on your initial interactions, then I would consider getting service elsewhere.  This is all a long winded way to say I would give the PR docs a shot to save money and for convenience.

Am I Infected? / Re: Please advice really scared
« Last post by Jeff G on July 29, 2015, 12:12:44 PM »
There is not much more to add ut to say you did not have a risk and do not need to test over this no risk incident. If you canít accept you didnít have risk then go test Ö it will be negative if this is your only concern. We do not discuss symptoms so if you are sick go see a doctor.
Am I Infected? / Re: Please advice really scared
« Last post by Test question on July 29, 2015, 12:07:00 PM »
I am still having symptoms (I understand they don't mean anything for hiv) but this causes panic to me.

The reason being on a website called dontgetstuck org they're saying the virus will not die/inactive immediately but still contagious for quite long time. As that technician dipped my finger in the machine to squeeze my finger for blood, I wonder if someone else did the same the day before and the virus survived for 12 hours (really sorry if I sound ridiculous to you but the info on the website cause me to think so) or the virus on the hands of technician survived atleast those 5 minutes before she touched me.

My recent symptoms are pain near groin thigh joint area and stiff neck.  I can't find any lymph nodes but scared if they are under process of swelling.

Please help and you may give a standard opinion on your stand regarding the info on dontgetstuck org website.
Off Topic Forum / Re: It gets better everyday,......
« Last post by Jmarksto on July 29, 2015, 11:59:47 AM »
There is a good article in Newsweek titled "The Republicans Brought the Trump Circus on Themselves".


It points out that Trump is the symptom not the cause of the Republican's situation, and in fact the party's own rhetoric created (and continues to feed) Trump's rise.  I thought it was a pretty thoughtful piece -- and was surprised to see that it was written by someone from the Brookings Institute.

On a much less serious note, perhaps we should help Donald pick his running mate.  Any suggestions?  I will throw out the obvious -- Sarah Palin.
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