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Research News & Studies / Re: Gilead TLR7 agonist
« Last post by Jmarksto on Yesterday at 05:09:04 PM »
My lay person understanding here is that TLR7 was tested to see if it could stimulate the latent HIV reservoirs so they could be eradicated.  It looks like it did stimulate the latent cells, and reduced the amount of latent HIV, but did not eradicate the virus.  In other words, it kind of worked but not completely.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Conservative Bubble
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 05:07:14 PM »
are Washington politicians playing dumb to please a voting block?  Do smart conservatives who don't want to play dumb never enter politics?
until voters turn out in >70% numbers, then $$$ determines our policy. Right now, everyone benefits (well everyone except the average citizen since corporations are "people" too and the "poor" are to be despised) from gridlock; and money pours in (more on the right than left) from the partisan, uncompromising rhetoric.

As long as the Republicans are the party of unbelievable hyperbole (some might even go as far as calling this rhetoric "lies" ;) ) and no compromise, America is doomed to stagnant  :(
Living With HIV / Re: Oral care
« Last post by AlreadyTired on Yesterday at 03:34:55 PM »
Solid educational video about oral care for people with HIV, funding and policy. This is brand new including the latest CDC data for general education purposes. It's a great primer to learn about the status of HIV in America, how policy works and the need for individual input. Coffee up, it's 60 minutes long. I watched it over three nights while cooking dinner.

Am I Infected? / Re: Used other guys cum as lube and afraid
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 02:28:45 PM »
You will not test positive for HIV from this specific incident Ö I am certain of that and you should be too . If you are sick you should go see a doctor, itís not HIV making you sick .
Am I Infected? / Re: Used other guys cum as lube and afraid
« Last post by Planetsnow1 on Yesterday at 02:21:38 PM »
Hi Jeff
I'm so sorry to bother you (one last time) because deep down I know I am being ridiculous, but last night after work (exactly 5 days after my sexual incident), i started to get chills and achey all over and got a fever. I can't  remember the last time I have had a fever as I get the flu shot every year.  My temperature is now 101.9.  I have talk to my friend who is a physician and he said I had no risk as well, but the horrible coincidence is making me very nervous.  I think I read too much on the Internet and was looking at stuff like ARS.   I'd feel a lot better if his cum went to hand then maybe to my penis, but it went directly on top of my urethra right away and I masturbated with it.  The hickeys are now gone from my penis and I was started to forget everything, but now with this fever and chills, I am irrationally frightened.  I guess I have been thinking...gosh the tip of my penis is filled with mucosal and he came a lot on me.  Everybody talks about mutual masturbation where you might have a little on your hand or something, but this was a lot.  With that said, I was up pretty late on Wednesday and had to host a dinner for about 30 people and didn't get much sleep....so I am wondering if I caught something even though I already had my flu shot back in September.  I hope you can ret my mind at ease as I feel tremendously guilty about the whole thing and now upset that I am sick 5 days later.  Am I okay?
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newly diagnosed and just want some hugs
« Last post by Iceblubud on Yesterday at 02:07:59 PM »
OH MY...THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! I can't believe it but I am crying...tears finally falling after reading my first reply. It feels SO GOOD to finally cry....madeindetroit,already tired,so2014,areobe THANK YOU GUYS!!!  Those kind words and virtual hugs are very much appreciated.
Estoy infectado? / Re: sexo oral sin proteccion. y sus sintomas
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 12:46:20 PM »
Primero, es una norma aqui que los miembres tienen que escribir solamente en el mismo hilo. Sus inscripciones estan juntos aqui. Por favor en el futuro escribe solamente aqui.

Es innecesario por Vd. a probar otra vez. No tenia un riesgo por el VIH y sus resultados negativos desde probando son confirmacion es estas el VIH negativo.

Ahora como en mis avisos previous sus acceso al foro es terminado por 28 dias porque estas volviendo repetidimente sin teniendo un riesgo verdadero. Termina con el drama y adelante con su vida.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newly diagnosed and just want some hugs
« Last post by areobe on Yesterday at 12:39:01 PM »
Hi Iceblubud,

Big hugs from Arkansas! You've already passed a huge milestone on your journey and may have missed it - You know your Diagnosis!  I am sorry that you received it but knowing is the first step to dealing with it. 

Here's what else you should know -

This is now a manageable chronic disease as long as you take control of your health and take your medications.  You can expect to have a full life and live to a normal life expectancy. 

Right now you are dealing with many emotions - this is normal with any change we experience.  These include shock, sadness, anxiety, feeling 'separate from yourself', self-blame, anger, and maybe some denial.  All is completely normal. 

Being healthy requires making healthy choices going forward.  Seeing your ID Dr is the first step and you've already set that up too.  Awesome job! 

And you already know that talking to other people with HIV can help you better deal with your new situation. All very smart moves!

You probably shouldn't google your ass off any more until you have met with your ID Dr. - Give this some time - Write down all your questions for them.  They are keeping up on the latest protocols and you should trust them.  There is a lot of old information out there on Google about HIV that is not accurate any longer.  There is no sense scaring yourself with old info - This is now manageable thanks to all those who came before us.

Its ok to just stop and exhale...  Warm hugs always! 
Am I Infected? / Re: I think I may Have Been Exposed
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 12:38:32 PM »
Thanks so much for the prompt response.

So would you assume it as safe to "be" with my fiance?

If this is your only concern, then yes it is safe, as you never had any risk at all.

Am I Infected? / Re: I think I may Have Been Exposed
« Last post by kentuckyguy1989 on Yesterday at 11:59:19 AM »
Thanks so much for the prompt response.

So would you assume it as safe to "be" with my fiance?
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