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Living With HIV / Introduction
« Last post by Kunini on Yesterday at 05:43:18 pm »
Hi everyone! I am a Portuguese 25 years old guy who has been undetectable for four years now. :)

I have been checking this forum every once in a while and I have to say it has helped me through a lot of panic attacks.

As we know, the worst part about living with HIV is the stigma. I have only disclosed my status to only 2 people in my life - 2 of my ex-boyfriends. I'm not sure if this happens with everyone, but I struggle a lot with disclosing my status.

I am very responsible with my treatment and get tested every 6 months, so I feel confortable in not disclosing my status to just about any guy I have sex with. I use protection most of the times, so only if I start having a monogamous relationship and only a couple of months down the line do I disclose my status.

I'd like to know your opinion on this matter. For instance, I'm now dating a guy, we've been having unprotected sex for a while. I also take some comfort knowing that, in addition to being undetectible, I only bottom, so the chances of me infecting him are really low. Of course I know that I should disclose my status so that he would feel confortable making the decision of putting himself "at risk", but at the same time I fear rejection. At the end of the day, I always carry this guilt of "what if he gets infected because of me" that sometimes takes me to a really dark place. This is even dumber considering that he has dated HIV undectectable guys before, so there really shouldn't be a problem, but the fear of rejection is too strong. And then what happens is that everytime there's blood during anal sex (wheather it's in his penis, my anus, or both) I fear that the infection happened.

Anyone been through something such as this? How do you deal with disclosing your status?
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Off Topic Forum / Re: song of the day
« Last post by fabio on Yesterday at 05:07:15 pm »
I think I first heard of this from the show "Smallville ". It used to have really good soundtracks, even the opening was nice.

EMF - Unbelievable
https://youtu.be/sfCLt0kTd5E
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: LA ESPERANZA MUERE AL ULTIMO
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 02:43:23 pm »


               ojo.             Gracias amigos por sus palabras. Hay que seguir adelante, no hay de otra…ahora ando de visita en México, como sufro, jajaja…abrazos
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Introduction Brazilian Friend
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 02:38:13 pm »



         ojo.         Welcome!…it’s good you found us, you can share your experience and learn from other
Embers stories…I’m glad your wife is negative, follow your ID doctor’s instructions…we are here for vice…abracos
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Thank you for your reply and sorry for asking another question: doesn't it matter that may I have sucked blood directly from an HIV-positive person's nipple?

You already asked this and I have already answered  ;)

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Does that mean that oral exposure to blood is not an HIV transmission risk at all? Thank you.

 :o No, it means in the scenario/situation you posted it's not an HIV risk.

For example, I once had a guy (claim) that he had a fetish of drinking large volumes of blood directly from controlled but deep wounds in his partners that sometimes require stitching afterwards, that was a minute HIV risk.

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Thank you for your reply and sorry for asking another question: doesn't it matter that may I have sucked blood directly from an HIV-positive person's nipple? Does that mean that oral exposure to blood is not an HIV transmission risk at all? Thank you.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Introduction Brazilian Friend
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 11:30:53 am »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear about the diagnosis but glad to hear you are doing well now and feel healthy  :)

Best, Jim.



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Living With HIV / MOVED: Introduction Brazilian Friend
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 11:25:55 am »
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Hiya,

Read your post three times. You had no HIV risk from sucking his nipples.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about taking PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get tested regularly and at least yearly for 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.

Kind regards

Jim

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I had an encounter with an HIV-positive man. I licked and sucked his nipples for several minutes while we masturbated. There was no sexual intercourse whatsoever. When we finished, I noticed a few (4-6) small stains of dry blood in his shirt (1-2mm in diameter), just exactly where the nipples lie underneath the fabric. I do not remember tasting any blood, but the bleeding must have occurred during the sucking since the stains were not there before. My gums sometimes bleed, especially when I brush my teeth, but I did not brush my teeth before this encounter. I cannot tell whether they were bleeding at that moment. My questions are:

1) Is the situation described above a risk for HIV transmission?
2) Can the viral load of this person affect the transmission risk? He has just told me that he is undetectable, but this encounter happened two and a half months ago and I do not know what his viral load was back then.
3) Do I need to get tested?

Thank you very much for your answers. I am very worried.
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