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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just found out...
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 02:47:10 PM »
well, welcome back, and welcome in

you've been around here for awhile now, but i'll throw out the standard line anyway

sorry about your diagnosis, glad you've found us
Off Topic Forum / Re: "I'm proud to be gay." How do you like them "apples"?
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 02:43:54 PM »
joe, it's a little unclear, and i don't really feel like you were speaking to me, but if you were

you misunderstood me. i'm not judging the man at all
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just found out...
« Last post by Mightysure on Yesterday at 02:32:39 PM »
I was because I began Prep a month later but stopped bc I could no longer afford it. I'm ok with that. I believe all things happen for a reason. I'm just ready to start meds and move on.  I'm sure I'll have a few cries and breakdowns but I'm really not as upset as I anticipated
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just found out...
« Last post by AusShep on Yesterday at 02:27:57 PM »
Sorry about that.  You're probably still in shock a little.  It can take some time. 

Do you know for sure you were negative back in March when you were talked out of PrEP?
Am I Infected? / Oral sex with a cut...
« Last post by dennnis on Yesterday at 02:27:00 PM »
I'm a little shaken up after an encounter today, and worried that I might be at risk for contracting HIV, so I'd appreciate any advice or input...

I am male, and I performed oral sex on another male today without protection.  It was my first time meeting him.  It was extremely rough and at one point, after about 10 minutes into it, I felt his penis hit my tooth a couple of times.  I noticed there was a cut on the head of his penis next to the opening and it was bloody.  Immediately after, I rinsed with water and realized that when I spit into the sink, it was slightly red and traces of blood were very clearly visible, as well as a bit of the skin from the head of his penis that I guess was in my mouth (sorry if this is all too graphic).  Afterward, I rinsed my mouth out twice with alcohol-containing mouthwash.

I don't know if it makes a difference, but I had brushed my teeth and rinsed with mouthwash about 45 minutes prior to performing oral sex on him.

He remained calm after the incident happened, whereas I was a bit panicky.  He assured me that he had been tested negative 2 months ago and that he practices safe sex and has not had relations with anyone who was HIV positive - and I believe him, but my only worry is that what if he unknowingly had relations with people who were positive?

Another issue is that I am out of the US, and I am in a country where HIV/STD knowledge is very limited and most people aren't provided sufficient information about the matter - if any at all.

I want to know if I should genuinely be concerned or if I'm worrying for no reason.  Thank you in advance for any input...
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just found out...
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 02:24:13 PM »
Sorry to hear of your dx, but glad your taking it well.. wishing you good numbers :D
Research News & Studies / Re: HIV Vaccine Using Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 02:18:18 PM »
The link : http://www.aidsmap.com/Research-for-Prevention-conference-opens-with-real-hope-for-an-HIV-vaccine/page/2917363/
This appears very promising.. and the fact that so many hiv vaccine research going on around the world, I think were getting close.
I Just Tested Poz / Just found out...
« Last post by Mightysure on Yesterday at 02:17:14 PM »
Well my worst fears were confirmed by my doctor. I am HIV positive. Fourth generation combo plus PCR confirmation.
As anxious as I was about not knowing, I'm surprisingly calm now that I know. My biggest concern is the financial costs of managing this disease.  I'm not sad, depressed or angry. Maybe I'm not handling it properly I dunno. But I think everything is going to be ok.  I've been apart of this forum for a while but now I'm in this section. I hope Jeff G starts to like me because I'm here to stay now.  :D
Whoopty freakin doo
Living With HIV / Re: i am undetectable
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Yesterday at 02:04:17 PM »
What exactly are you being referred to the neurologist for?

My only pointers/instructions are the same for going to any specialist: make notes. It depends on what you are seeing the specialist for. Generally your GP can write up/print out what are called "Progress Notes" if your clinic is properly electronic in their record keeping. It will show a history of present illness with attendant details/summary of doctor's relevant notes, etc. A past medical history, past surgical history, medication list, allergy list, family medical history, social history (alcohol, drug use, etc.), immunizations, vitals, physical examination notes, assessment with medical codes, and treatment plan (btw, if you wonder why I am so detailed I just happen to still have the manila folder of all the paperwork I took to my first neurologist visit. My neurologist was a personal friend of my HIV doctor and he knew that the guy was a strong stickler for paperwork)

Otherwise I also received a letter before my appointment from the neurologist office specifying clearly that I was to also bring "reports from the referring physician, pathology report, X-ray, MRI/MRA, CAT scan films"

At the end of the day after I fussed and fussed about gathering all of this information, which including traipsing into the dungeon of a hospital downtown for copies of ancient EMGs from 2011 that for some reason my podiatrist no longer had copies of, my neurologist barely looked at much in there save perhaps my most recent 2013 EMG report, the "summary/interpretation" portion of which he laughed at and then said "Oh, this man once took a class of mine!"

The rest of our session consisted entirely of a ~30-40 minute verbal interview and assessment, with the exception of some brief reflex crap with some metal instruments.

ps: Am I reading correctly below that you have been mountain climbing recently? Is your neuropathy that much improved now?
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