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Am I Infected? / Re: Waiting on test results
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 10:25:07 pm »
From the details of your post, it appears highly likely that you are HIV-negative, since it is quite unlikely that your 4th generation test will change to positive at this point.

Though many experts recommend testing for HIV-antibodies six weeks after potential exposure, then at 13 weeks past for confirmation of the six week results, 4th generation test can be considered conclusive earlier than that.

Work with you healthcare provider to determine when you can consider your test to be conclusive. 

Also, since we moderators do not address symptoms of acute HIV-infection on these forums, because symptoms, if they occur at all, vary widely, discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider, if they are still present and disturb you.
Am I Infected? / Waiting on test results
« Last post by Happydays1972 on Today at 07:35:38 pm »
Couple weeks after unprotected vaginal sex I experienced mild lymph nodes swelling, night sweats and fatigue. Frustrated and wanting a conclusion I decided to take an HIV rna test at 52 days post exposure. The anxiety is killing me. I took the 4th gen at 24 and 33 days apart both negative.  I'm really praying for another chance.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Espero me puedan orientar.
« Last post by Edu23 on Today at 06:42:20 pm »
Hola moon  y andy espero se encuentren muy bn, saludos.  Quisiera saber lo siguiente:
Le Di un beso profundo a una persona que acababa de recibir un puño o golpe en la boca y tenía sangre. Tuve riesgo? Debo practicarme  la prueba de vih?

Esto me sucedió en una disco. Disculpe  la molestia. Gracias
Living With HIV / Re: In the hospital
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 06:25:08 pm »
Dear Lefty,
  sorry to hear about this latest health challenge.

Do keep updating us.

Got everything crossed for you.

Hoping you hit it out of the park.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: When to tell.
« Last post by JimZab on Today at 06:04:09 pm »
First off, I would to thank all who have replied to me in this forum. As mentioned, I came to Houston for a family holidays and reunion and decided to get tested the night before New Years.. It's been so hard, and I still have not told anyone. Yes, no one knows what's wrong with my good old self. I've been so depressed, and drinking alot.
I still hope this doesn't affect the medication, I began. I been postponing getting back to work ( I work freelance ) for tomorrow's doctor's appointment. I wont get any bloods done as it hasn't been a full month, which makes me even more nervous because I will have to do the tests from Europe and hope they are done in a similar fashion. It's all just medical jargon for me.
I appreciate those who answered my "when to tell" but would like to follow up with the question, " who to tell " ? I honestly can't see support with anyone in my life who wont be judgemental and look at me with that, " I am sorry but I am glad it isn't me " look.
It's just so hard.
Again, I will have to start this whole process again in Europe - so that I can get meds ( I am european aswell ) and I fear it will be traumatizing to have to go through this all over again.
I hope the meds work on me and despite my depression, crappy mood and excessive drinking every night, wont compromise my chances of someday being UD..
Living With HIV / Re: In the hospital
« Last post by LeftyBowler300 on Today at 05:42:39 pm »
Thank you Loa, Jim, Pat and Tonny.

So they're switching my regimen (minimally) due to potential elvitegravir/cobicistat interference with chemo drugs

They're putting me on the same one a day descovy part of Genvoya, but I'll be taking raltegravir twice per day instead.

Yay for foodless pills but boo for an integrase inhibitor downgrade.

Docs will be by soon to talk about PET scan results and next plans.

I'm thinking they'll need to do an open biopsy because they said the scope biopsy didn't give them enough to go on (yay...)

Oh, and there was nothing in the bone marrow biopsy (actual yay!  :D)

Can't wait to kick this tumor in the nuts.
Thank you for the excellent advice and this forum. I agree about the importance of testing and regret if my post made it seem that I was discounting the importance of getting tested. I'm more concerned with the timing with regards to my health insurance.

Generally, I get tested for sti's every 3-4 months and hiv every 1-2 months. I was on PrEp but unfortunately my health insurance changed and the out-of-pocket became unaffordable. If I am fortunate enough to come out of this with a negative test result, I am most certainly going to explore options such as copay assistance for PrEp. One thing I liked about being on PrEp is that I was putting my sexual health in my own hands instead of relying on others.
Am I Infected? / Re: Pretty sure I'm poz, debating when to get tested
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 02:16:22 pm »

Flu vaccine is great at reducing the risk of contracting flu, although its not bullet proof. Last years season flu vaccine as example had about a 40% effectiveness.
I do hope you feel better soon.

Regarding HIV, the simple answer is to test, as unprotected intercourse is a risk.
Guidelines are to test 6 weeks post exposure with an approved antibodies test for a result and again at 3 months post exposure for a conclusive result. Remember to test for far easier to acquire STI's whilst you are at it.

If I get tested with my current plan and I'm positive, will I put myself in a position where my new plan could kick me off or change the terms?

I have no idea if your insurance covers pre-existing conditions.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention for the future.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for far to acquire STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards


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He is poz but undetectable
However, I'm worried that he may have missed a dose of his meds

Look for the risk assessments we simply presume someone is HIV positive without treatment, hence the risk assessment outcome that it was a risk and to test.

That said if he truly is on treatment and maintained an undetectable Viral load for 6 months + then in terms of HIV it was protected by his treatment (TaSP) and you simply had no HIV risk to worry about from this encounter.

Missing a dose is not going to change that either, on treatment most of us aim for a 100% adherence, but 95% is gold standard and even that is set on the high side.
Next time use condoms and/or PrEP and then you will not be wondering about it afterwards.
Am I Infected? / Pretty sure I'm poz, debating when to get tested
« Last post by PhillipJames on Today at 01:32:29 pm »
I had a high risk exposure during unprotected anal sex with another man three weeks ago. He is poz but undetectable. We've hooked up before, and it's never been an issue. However, I'm worried that he may have missed a dose of his meds. And, it was pretty vigorous sex, so my penis was a bit chaffed. What has me most concerned is that I came down with the flu Monday night. I had a flu shot this year, so it's a bit of a surprise.

Obviously, I need to get tested but I'm trying to figure out the timing. My current health insurance plan expires on Jan 31st and my new plan starts Feb 1. The new plan is a healthcare.gov plan from Kaiser Permanente. Both the current plan and the new KP plan are bronze level and have terrible prescription coverage and high deductibles.

Coming to terms with the notion that I may have HIV is already hard enough. I don't want the added stress of going broke from it. If I get tested with my current plan and I'm positive, will I put myself in a position where my new plan could kick me off or change the terms?

Thanks for the advice,

Living With HIV / Re: In the hospital
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 11:53:43 am »

     ojo.    Hello my dear friend Lefty. You have no idea how much it hurt me to read about your diagnosis... I just want to let you know that you are not alone fighting this cancer, I am sure everybody here will be thinking about you, keeping you in their prayers and thoughts... I still remember your first post,you may know I've been following your progress. I'm sure does you will be fighting this cancer with the same attitude and strength cute alien fighting hiv. Again, you are not alone, keep your spirit high, we are here for you... Please keep us posted... A big heart on your way, I know you can beat this. Our friend Buckman beat it, you will beat it too...more hugs
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