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Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

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Welcome to Am I Infected

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ and AIDSmeds pages, including our "How is HIV Transmitted?" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" lessons, will remain accessible to all. 

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

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WELCOME - READ THIS BEFORE POSTING!
« on: May 31, 2006, 05:25:25 PM »


    Welcome to the POZ Forums.

    Here in the Am I Infected? Forum, you will be able to ask questions relating to HIV risk assessment and HIV testing.

    Please take time before posting your question(s) and read the HIV Transmission Lesson and the HIV Testing Lesson. You'll find some basic information about HIV/AIDS which maybe useful to you. And of course, if you still have questions, by all means let us hear from you.

    If you are having physical symptoms you are concerned about, you should discuss them with your doctor. Neither the staff of POZ.com, nor the helpful members of the Forums, can diagnose your physical symptoms over the Internet.

    Posting Guidelines


    • Please do not start a new thread every time you have another question or thought - regardless if you think your questions are related to each other or not. It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Additional threads will be merged.


    • If you cannot find your thread, click on the "Show own posts" link in the left-hand column of any forum page, under your name.


    • Please do not post questions that you have about your own concerns in another person's thread. This is called thread hijacking and we do not encourage this practice.


    • Only those Moderators and members who are authorized to answer questions in the Am I Infected? forum are permitted do so. Unauthorized responses may be deleted without permission of the poster. Repeatedly posting replies of this nature may result in a Time Out or permanent ban, at the discretion of the Moderator Team.


    • Anyone who continues to post excessively, questioning a conclusive negative result or no-risk situation, will be subject to a four week Time Out (a temporary ban from the Forums). If you continue to post excessively after one Time Out, you may be given a second Time Out which will last eight weeks. There is no third Time Out - it is a permanent ban. The purpose of a Time Out is to encourage you to seek the face-to-face help we cannot provide on this forum.


    • With the exception of the “Am I Infected?” and “Off Topic” Forums, the POZ.com Forums are intended for people who have been diagnosed with HIV (or their loved ones/caregivers).  If you are questioning or unaware of your HIV status, please refrain from posting messages or questions in the Forums intended for HIV-positive people.

     
    • When you created an account with the POZ Forums, you agreed to have only one account. Starting multiple accounts is against the rules of the Forum and will cause you to be banned from our forums.


    • Do NOT use Private Messages to question other members about any transmission, testing or symptom issues. These issues must be discussed in the public forum. Misuse of the PM function in this manner will result in your PM privileges being removed without warning. 


    • Please be courteous to other posters. We will not tolerate the use of abusive language under any circumstances.


    • If you have a problem with another poster, including abusive or unwarranted messages received via the private message (PM) function, please use the Report to moderator button. That is what it's there for!


    • While these Forums allow for members to post photos, message threads that contain photos can take a long time for dial-up (modem) users to download.  If you must include a photograph or another image with your message, please consider using the attachment option.


    Adhering to these posting guidelines ensures the smooth running of this forum. Thank you for your cooperation.

    We hope that you will learn enough about HIV in your time on this forum to enable you to protect yourself against HIV infection. If you are in serious doubt about your HIV status, you should seek care from a certified healthcare provider and get tested. 
     
    The POZ Forum Moderators Team
    « Last Edit: October 23, 2014, 09:32:31 AM by POZ Forum Moderators »
    The POZ Forums Moderator Team

    Andy Velez
    Ann Smith
    Jeff Gamel
    Betty Tacy

    Joe Killfoile (Am I Infected? forum moderator)
    Rev. Moon (Estoy Infectado? forum moderator)

     


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