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Am I Infected? / Re: Risk assessment- worried
« Last post by Daydream1792 on June 27, 2016, 09:21:32 PM »
I just got prescribed truvada and isentris for pep. Will be starting at 24 hrs past exposure. I hope I come out okay after this
Estoy infectado? / Re: estoy infectado y confianza en las pruebas
« Last post by morahector on June 27, 2016, 09:18:20 PM »
Andy una pregunta.

Una persona que tiene Artritis ( arthritis) Puede seroconvertir despues de 90 dias o debe de repetir la prueba a los 6 meses?

No es mi caso, pero me llamo mucho la atencion esto que leei.
Basicamente estas preocupando innecesario.  Sexualmente solamente la copula anal y vaginal sin usando los condones son riesgos confirmados por el VIH.  Su saliva tiene mas que doce elementos y proteinas cuales son muy efectivo contra la transmicion del VIH fiable.

Ningunos de sus sintomas son el VIH especifico.  Si continuando son algo a discutir con su doctor.  Tambien puede considerar tocando PrEP para preventir transmicion, y esa tambien es algo a discutir con su doctor.

Este tiempo no tiene que probar.
Am I Infected? / At home Oraquick 5,6,& 7 months.
« Last post by Movingoutofstate on June 27, 2016, 09:15:45 PM »
Over a year ago I was very stupid by not knowing my partners status. I asked and he said he was clean. We didn't use a condom and had sex 7 times within the month of May (2015). I test with the Oraquick in Home HIV test at the end of October, Middle of November and then again in late December. All of them have come back negative. I didn't test before 3 months. I am just trying to see what the False negative rate is after the window period for the test. I see online it says 1 out of 12 positive people will test negative but the support number with Oraquick says its 99.9% accurate, the same as a blood test. My state is under a huge O Negative blood shortage. I am O Negative and want to donate but I have an uneasy feeling about the False negatives with the test. Can anyone ease my mind? If the test if 99.9% accurate then why wouldn't they post that online instead of posting the 1 in 12 people will have a false negative if that only pertains to the window period with those test.
Thank you!
I Just Tested Poz / Re: There's a chance I'm infected. How do I stay calm?
« Last post by Tonny2 on June 27, 2016, 09:07:49 PM »

            ojo         Hello there, welcome...you should not feel dirty, instead, you should feel proud of yourself for getting tested, now you know you are positive, now, you get treatment, just by knowing this you will feel calmer, you did the right thing, now, it's time to start a new begining, getting healtier and taking care of yourself...you will be fine, just take your med/s as prescribed and keep us posted, right now, you are in the right place, you will get support and information in here...best of luck...hugs      ojo
In Memoriam / Re: Joe Killfoile has passed away
« Last post by zach on June 27, 2016, 09:04:35 PM »
where ever your spirit is flying... happy birthday joe

your wisdom and counsel is so missed here

today i searched for something you wrote to me once, it echoes in my head often... whether i want it there or not. anyway, i discovered that it was your birthday. i can't help but feel this was more than coincidence.

hope you and MsP are looking over us, we're trying our best here

Estoy infectado? / Re: Besos, sangran mis encias. Riesgo.
« Last post by Andy Velez on June 27, 2016, 08:48:18 PM »
No, no puede afectar el resultado de una prueba por el VIH.

Este es mi ultima contesta sobre una situacion sin un riesgo verdadero.

Si continuas volviendo con mas dudas y preguntas vas a ver su acceso aqui bloquado por 28 dias o mas.

Por Vd. probando es solamente por su paz mental.
OK. already did go to a doctor to get the generic truvada, ricovir em and started within 72 hours. Roughly 55 hours after exposure. Doc said to come back after 30 days to do a check, which I'm abit confused since for PEP it's 6 weeks after the course of medication THEN do a testing.

Also plan to get the girl I had sex with to do rapid prick test. I really wanna come out of this in unscratched.....
Am I Infected? / Re: LTS
« Last post by Rpat on June 27, 2016, 07:27:23 PM »
It has been a long and hell of the month specially knowing that the other person tested positive and could be in ARS/conversion period during the time with me. It's also been around 2 months from possible exposure even though it was considered very low or no risk at all.

To the date, I've  (along with all the symptoms that I already experienced during ARS):

1) Lost all of my body muscle mass and I can clearly see my veins from palms of my hand, etc.
2) I do have about 2 inch of swollen glands underneath of my both of my armpits. I get throbbing pain sometimes.
3) I do also got swollen lymph noted behind my left ear with the size of 2 inch and you can clearly see discoloration. get throbbing pain sometimes
4) bruise easily all over my body in 2 mins of idle seating
5) tinnitus on one ear.
6) not much stool even after eating 3 times the food I used to

and the worst thing is i don't get easy appointments of any ID in quick times. I'm just learning that this disease is slow progressing yet highly painful for us.

Learning that ARS and seroconversion are totally different things. I was hoping that when I had those symptoms my body would have created enough antibodies to get it picked up...

I had -ve 4th gen at 6 week but recent RNA PCR is pending. I'm hoping that it comes out negative. I'm hoping that it's aI have seen people's post that initially they tested negative and by 12th week they just tested positive .....

so the questions that I have are
1) Has anyone tested negative at 4 week and then tested positive at 12 week ? Or do they not post anything after 4 week ?
2) What are these symptoms (I know we don't discuss symptoms here) then?
3) What tests could I ask my GP to get it done on me if this is not HIV ?
4) Is it possible that as virus has entered through my anus in very very very limited quantity and that's why it's taking time to show up in blood (which only accounts for 5% of place for hiv?)
5) Do they really have ANONYMOUS TESTING (not confidential) testing anywhere as I'm very scared to get it tested now ?
6) Are these signs of late seroconversion ?

Please understand my situation and help.

Estoy infectado? / miedo de haberme infectado tras realizar sexo oral brusco
« Last post by Diego1991 on June 27, 2016, 06:38:39 PM »
Muy buenas tardes Andy, ojalá que puedas ayudarme con esta preocupación que tengo pues el problema es el siguiente: hace tres meses que estoy saliendo con alguien que es víh positivo y que su carga viral se ha mantenido indeteftable por qué toma sus medicamentos y las pocas veces que hemos tenido sexo ha sido con uso de condon pero la última vez solo le realice sexo oral pero sin condon y fue de manera brusca con la tecnica de garganta profunda y fue por un largo rato sin que se viniera en mi boca pero en un momento de la felacion note que la saliva salía con un poco de sangre y tengo miedo de que me halla lastimado mi garganta al meter el pene de mi pareja tan bruscamente, tengo miedo de haberme infectado porque he leído que la garganta podría ser puerta de entrada al virus y eh leído que tú dices que la boca tiene elementos que combaten el virus pero y la garganta también tiene esos elementos? al día siguiente amanecí con dolor en la garganta y a los pocos días tube una gripe infecciosa y ya ha pasado un mes y medio de la actividad y tengo miedo de hacerme la prueba
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