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Am I Infected? / Re: Need Help Concern of Exposure
« Last post by dragn10 on Yesterday at 09:04:46 PM »
OK and thank you for the reassurance and reply.
Am I Infected? / Re: Likely exposure/transmission
« Last post by mekzn on Yesterday at 08:52:15 PM »
Just to be clear, my plan was already to test at 4 weeks (swab) at one clinic and at 6 weeks and 12 weeks at the health department (blood draw). The reason I'm posting this now is that some very troubling symptoms have appeared in the last couple of days after I thought they were on the decline.

I went out today to run errands and distract myself from observing symptoms. At first it seemed to be working well, but by about an hour into this, I was practically limping from all the joint pain and noticed my fever was coming back. For the rest of the day it seems like every 5 or 10 minutes a different part of me has shooting pains, aches, nerve tingling, and whatever else. I went to the optometrist to pick out some new eyeglasses, I didn't get any comments there but when I looked in the mirror my eyes looked purple and sunken, and they itched the whole time, and I felt like I couldn't concentrate and was barely even there. There's discoloration around my fingernails, on the lips, etc. I've felt a dull ache in either the left or right side of my chest on and off all day. When I was sipping a beer with dinner there was a burning pain as it went down. A burning sensation in a muscle here or there more or less all day, along with persistent sore throat. I feel weakened and under constant assault as my skin texture changes and I feel strange painful sensations all over me.

I read a thread somewhere on these forums where a newly diagnosed person had persistent fever and was advised to go to the ER immediately. Given that my fever has come back after a few days, is this a comparable concern? I think I would prefer to try to shake it off for the next week before I get tested, but if there are signs of a more serious stage of infection I might need to completely readjust my plans.
Living With HIV / Re: Starting treatment, a few hours to go...
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:49:45 PM »
Alarm went off sharp at 13:00 hours; a blue pill went down my throat with big gulps of water.

I'm still alive two minutes after; no more news to report.  We'll keep full coverage.

Ray, CNN, Mexico.

Ps. Thanks a lot all for your support. :)

        ojo       que mamon Ray, jajaj...You will be fine, you are going to have some vivid dreams with the stocrim, do not panic, read an erotic novel, so yor dreams are great, lol...take it with your stomach empty and, in bed, let's us know how it treated you...best of luck (I took efavirenz stocrim or sustiva) for five years, no problems to report....hugs              ojo

telivisa news  Tonny
Living With HIV / Re: Research help
« Last post by LoboDog on Yesterday at 08:18:34 PM »
Unfortunately Ray, the poz forums don't count... Wish they did.

They do count for helping people deal with things though.
Only a little more then two weeks before the hack and whack takes place. Have been working to get my place cleaned up and ready for my recuperation. Two rooms down, two more to go. It's good to have surgery once in a while, gives one a reason to clean the apartment.

Got a call from the surgical team leader. Need to do another impression of my upper teeth. Apparently they missed a few. Best I can tell they're all there...

Still need to buy my sippy cup. Figure it's the best solution to solve the problem of a mouth that doesn't work. Forget straws, can't create suction. You want something that will let the liquid flow from the container down your throat with minimum effort and not make a mess. Sippy cup seems to fit the bill.

Have some shopping for a Water-Pik since I won't be able to brush. Probably a few other items that I'll never use again. Anything that will make my life easier I'm willing to spend the bucks on. That's where things stand for now.

Okay, just a short update.
Both West LA and San Diego are good places.  If you are already in the system, just call them up and find out how to reactivate.
You will be assigned a primary care physician.  After you see him/her, they will refer you to the ID clinic.  You will have to see the primary care doc at least once a year, and the ID doc you will see on the schedule you both agree to.
I have service-connection for my HIV, so my out of pocket is zero.  But the max for any vet is $1000 annually.
Am I Infected? / Any chance of infection?
« Last post by Mowar on Yesterday at 08:03:22 PM »
I need some good advice here. I have read on this forum, that receiving a blowjob and deep kissing can't infect you, but.

Not so long ago, I was at a party. I met a guy (HIV positive), and me and him was deep kissing and he gave me a blowjob, he was also biting. And me and him was very drunk. I really can't remember if he had any gum disease.

Alcohol will also dry out saliva, which I have read, protects against an infection.

First let me ask, any chance on infection? And what about alcohol and the effect it has on saliva, can it make the chance of an infection greater? Since it can dry out your mouth.

And shortly after I got a sore throat and skin problems. Not sure if it has anything to with it.
Am I Infected? / Re: Just need advice I feel really bad for my family.
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 07:52:42 PM »
If there was a test for guilt you would definitely come up positive on that one.

But otherwise you are HIV negative and not at risk for the virus in the facts you have presented. Cut out the drama and get on with your life. HIV is not your problem. Period.
Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: I know my son is HIV+ HE HASN'T TOLD ME
« Last post by Weber on Yesterday at 07:48:19 PM »

I'm gonna have to agree 100% with Joe. He is 31, a grown up dealing with a challenge in life, mature enough (especially age-wise) to figure out his ways of tackling his problems. we can never know what's in his mind but as a 35 year old poz I can say that HIV dx is very personal and creates immense discomfort when dx is outed out of your control. Unfortunately, I wasn't given the chance to share news with my family on my own terms. Some jerk contacted my mom and told my condition which created unnecessary complications in my life and certainly did not help with my emotional healing process. 9 months into my dx now, I am comfortable  with my situation and if the whole disclosure did not happen out my control earlier, I would have totally done it by now cuz now I am ready. I don't know for how long your son is poz but he will get there too and will share with you or he won't. what matters at this point, in my opinion, is it has to be his choice and he should not feel the burden of keeping you informed or updated about his condition unless he wants to. My two cents...Best of luck to you!
Am I Infected? / Re: Just need advice I feel really bad for my family.
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 07:36:47 PM »
We are not being harsh when we tell you, you had no risk.  Seek out some professional help to deal with your irrational fear of HIV.  All we can do is advise you if you had any risk, which you did not and the rest is up to you.

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