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Offline positivmat

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herpes and hiv
« on: March 15, 2009, 09:29:26 PM »
Infected 11/5 or 11/19/08. Acute syndrome starting 12/3 ending 12/31 with pneumonia afterward. Diagnosed pos 1/26. Negative hsv-2 test 1/26. 2/8 blood work said v/l 800,000 and cd4 325. Haven't had sex since 11/19. Started atripla 2/25. On 3/14 I got painful anal blisters. Could this be herpes. I have hsv-1. Should I be put on acyclovir?  I am calling dr tomorrow morning. Guy on 11/5 told me he had herpes. What should I know about being pos and having herpes. It makes my health seem so fragile. What about my neg partner. What should I know about future sex with him. It makes it seem like its too risky to have sex with him. Is anyone else coinfected?  And can you talk to me about what that means?

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: herpes and hiv
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 10:54:39 AM »
Mat, you need to be discussing your various symptoms with your doctor. We can't responsibily diagnose anything here.

And yes, you and your partner can be having an active and enjoyable sex life. You need to do it the safer way which means that as far as anal intercourse is concerned, the insertive partner always has to use a a condom. No exceptions. And IF you have herpes, you have to be careful about physical contact if and when you're having an outbreak, if in fact you actually have herpes, which remains to be determined.   

It would also be a good precaution for your partner to get tested. If you had been having unprotected intercourse, then he should do it at 13 weeks past the most recent such incident for a conclusively negative result.

It takes some adjusting but many sero-discordant partners, including members here you will likely hear from, have good intimate sexual lives with their sero-negative partners without endangering their status.

Welcome!
Andy Velez

Offline positivmat

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Re: herpes and hiv
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 11:51:12 AM »
Thank you Andy,
I called the doc first thing this morning.  He and I had a good laugh.  I bent over after discussing my incredibly shameful herpes with him and he said "Are you talking about these hemorrhoids?"  It was the first time i have laughed when thinking about my medical condition in a few months.  I was so freaked out about this possibility that i was out of my head.  My health is foremost on my mind and I wasn't sure how herpes would complicate it.  I was also worried about further complicating my partner's ability to get intimate with me.  i think that the main issue is uncontrolled worry.  my doc said i could call him on the weekend, if I was ever really concerned again.
Matt

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: herpes and hiv
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 06:22:24 PM »
LOL LOL, Matt. Well that's a happy turn(over) of events.

Sounds like you have a good doctor who also has a sense of humor. A great combination and should stand you well in staying healthy.

As far as your concerns about your partner's status and your intimacy concerns, keep talking with each othen. I know that is not necessarily an easy thing to do but communicating is the way to go to maintain intimacy.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

Offline ocguy79

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Re: herpes and hiv
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2009, 02:29:03 PM »
Thank you Andy,
I called the doc first thing this morning.  He and I had a good laugh.  I bent over after discussing my incredibly shameful herpes with him and he said "Are you talking about these hemorrhoids?"  It was the first time i have laughed when thinking about my medical condition in a few months.  I was so freaked out about this possibility that i was out of my head.  My health is foremost on my mind and I wasn't sure how herpes would complicate it.  I was also worried about further complicating my partner's ability to get intimate with me.  i think that the main issue is uncontrolled worry.  my doc said i could call him on the weekend, if I was ever really concerned again.
Matt
I bent over for my doctor yesterday too for the same thing.... Just hope he can tell me "Are you talking about these hemorrhoids?" 
3/21/09 - Tested Poz   Tcells/374   VL/109,000
9/02/09 - Tcells/290  VL/189,000
9/11/09 - Approved for ADAP
9/15/09 - Started Truvada, Isentress and Kaletra
6/15/11 - Undetectable - (On same meds as above)
7/20/11 - Started Atripla
12/10/13 - Tcells/620 - VL/0

 


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