Quantcast

Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr Instagram
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
December 18, 2014, 09:42:21 AM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
Stats
  • Total Posts: 649725
  • Total Topics: 49588
  • Online Today: 284
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online

Welcome


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.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

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.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: A few questions....  (Read 1112 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline c23152

  • Standard
  • New Member
  • Posts: 1
A few questions....
« on: January 30, 2013, 09:29:05 PM »
Hello,

On January 10th I had intercourse with someone whom I had been with more than a few times. On Sunday he called me and said he had just tested positive for HIV. I of course proceeded to freak out for a few days before settling down and doing some research and stumbled onto this place. So I suppose I have a few questions.

Our last encounter (1-10) was the only time we had unprotected anal sex. Every other time we had been together over the past 10 months we used protection.  I had simply run out of condoms and with this not being some random one night encounter I (naively) extended my trust too far. He usually gets tested once a year so he is unsure of when he was first infected. All other STI tests came back clean. I am 25 and circumcised. The anal sex itself lasted no more than 10 to 15 minutes and I did not ejaculate. We did use some toys beforehand and we used plenty of lube. I was the insertive partner. He is, quite honestly, a mess right now so I havenít really be able to quiz him about viral load and whatnot and I didnít want to bombard him with questions two days into his diagnosis. I know the risk is on the lower side for the insertive partner but itís some that can vary a bit. I have been sick the past few days, but it just seems to be a sinus infection (which I get a lot) so I'm not worried about that. So I guess my first question is: In you allís experiences, what is the risk for an insertive top with a poz partner not on medicine? I know it's a hard question too answer but I thought I would ask anyway.

My second question is about testing. I am scheduled to have knee surgery soon (around 40/45 days from my possible infection date). I called my doctor immediately after I found this out and she was pretty adamant I come in for a blood test right away, plan out more blood test down the line, and too discuss things.  From what Iíve seen itís too soon to get a reliable result but my question is could I trust a test 40 to 45 days after a possible infection? I donít want to put anyone at risk during the surgery and I donít want to get a false negative and assume it right.

Thank you so much.

Offline Ann

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 28,140
  • It just is, OK?
    • Num is sum qui mentiar tibi?
Re: A few questions....
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 06:10:10 AM »
C,

OK, for a start, I hope you've been testing regularly since you became sexually active and know for a fact that you were hiv negative before this encounter.

As the insertive partner, you very much were at lower risk and considering you only had unprotected intercourse the one time, odds are very much in your favour that you'll come out of this ok and hiv negative.

But you do need to test.

A test now (at three weeks) would mainly give you a baseline - ie were you negative before this incident. However, if you are recently infected (Jan 10th), it just might give you an indeterminate result. An indeterminate at three weeks would most likely be a full positive by four weeks - but indeterminates can also be false results.

The vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive by six weeks, with the average time to seroconversion being only 22 days.

A six week negative must be confirmed at the three month point, but is highly unlikely to change. A negative test result at 40/45 days would likewise be highly unlikely to change. (six weeks = 42 days)

As for your scheduled surgery, your hiv status really doesn't make that much difference. People who are hiv positive have surgery all the time.

It certainly makes no difference in regards to your comment "I donít want to put anyone at risk during the surgery" - this is where your hiv status makes absolutely NO difference.

Any surgeon whose degree is worth the paper it's printed on will assume ANYONE they operate on has a blood borne virus and protect themselves accordingly through what's called Universal Precautions. The same goes for the OR team.

Universal precautions protect both the health care provider and the patient, so if your surgeon gives any indication that he/she does not rigorously follow UPs (such as being worried about infection regarding hiv), then RUN, do not walk, out the door. This is regardless of what your test results turn out to be. I never trust a surgeon who isn't up to scratch on UPs.

The only difference your hiv status (if poz, which is not likely) would make to the surgery is that the doctor might want to be a little more pro-active concerning after-surgery infection. And that's it, particularly at this stage of the game where you'd be dealing with a new infection. If you are, which I doubt.

I do expect you'll come out of this ok. It would be unusual and unfortunate to end up infected following only one incident of unprotected insertive intercourse. But yes, you absolutely must test to find out one way or the other. Good luck.

By the way, you're right to not badger your friend with questions right now. He likely won't even know his viral load at this point as those tests typically take two weeks to return from the lab.

However, one test you SHOULD ask him about is whether or not his positive test result has been confirmed through further testing with a Western Blot. Only when a person has had their results confirmed through further testing are they truly considered to be hiv positive. False positive results do happen, particularly on rapid tests. Please make sure his diagnosis has been confirmed.

Ann
Condoms are a girl's best friend

Condom and Lube Info  



"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.