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Estoy infectado? / Re: Gerardilo09
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 02:42:25 PM »
Tocando PPE es innecesario.  En verdad estas preocupando innecesario.  El hecho mas importante importante en tu cuenta es el uso de los condoms por la copula. Esa protecion es muy effectivo.

No tiene que probar.  Estas sin riesgo. Adelante con tu vida normal.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: elite control?
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 01:23:03 PM »
Personally, if I had your labs and was newly diagnosed I would, hell even if I had a UD blood levels I would start treatment if It was me. The benefits are known, and also the drawbacks of not treating and the treat all recommendations are there for a reason.

My personal thoughts are its simply not something individual patients should have to even focus on anymore in this area/time of the HIV epidemic, given the level of modern knowledge and understanding that long term HIV does do elite controllers damage as well. WHO recommends treat all irrespective of lab results.

However that is my thinking. The treat all recommendations published are generally accepted, but as I said its your choice of course

If it was me I would start treatment and reduce not only HIV blood levels but other tissue levels, the treatment reduces risks, and cuts out some of the continued inflammation though suppressing HIV, all good reasons to start.


Elite controllers naturally suppress HIV viraemia below the level of detection using standard methods, but demonstrate persistent inflammation and low-level viraemia that is detectable via ultrasensitive assays. These factors may contribute to an increased risk of non-AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among elite controllers. Data suggest that cardiovascular disease may be of particular concern in elite controllers, as evidenced by an increased burden of subclinical cardiovascular disease upon radiographic screening and an elevated rate of hospitalisations for cardiovascular disease as compared to non-controllers who are treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART).

"Elite Controllers Hospitalized More Often Than Those Treated For HIV"   

ECs on average spent more than twice as many nights in hospital than people on ART, and about 50% more than people not on ART and with detectable viral loads.
After adjusting for various differences between the EC and non-EC population, the study still found that ECs were 56% more likely to be admitted to hospital than
people with undetectable viral loads on ART.

Crowell TA et al. Elite controllers are hospitalized more often than persons with medically controlled HIV. Journal of Infectious Diseases, early online publication. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiu809. 2014.

Karris MY and Haubrich RH. Antiretroviral therapy in the elite controller, justified or premature? Journal of Infectious Diseases, early online publication. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiu812. 2014.

Cockerham LR and Hatano H. Elite control of HIV: is this the right model for a functional cure? Trends in Microbiology, early online publication. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2014.11.003. 2014.

Antiretrovials Reduce Cellular Inflammation Among Elite Controllers of HIV

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Remains High in HIV Elite Controllers
I Just Tested Poz / Re: elite control?
« Last post by ibrahim_tr on Today at 01:09:13 PM »
Then you start treatment  jim?
After three years since my diagnoses, I still look for breakthroughs on an hiv  cure via the internet.. I don't really consider my medication a "functional cure".. I wouldn't call insulin a cure for diabetes so why would I think the same of a pill that I have to take every day for the rest of my life.. Sure I'm grateful for it, I got a lot to live for but it does bother me that I'm at the mercy of pharmaceutical companies.. and honestly bc they're so greedy I sometimes wonder if they're holding back, just saying..

As long as there's a person out there that has been cured I'll always want the same for myself and will always hold out hope for it.. I have no delusions that a cure may take some time, that is if it isn't out there already.. I'd like to live my life as independently as possible, ready for the zombie apocalypse when it hits.. there's only so far a 90 day supply will take me.
Estoy infectado? / Gerardilo09
« Last post by gerardilo09 on Today at 12:03:01 PM »
disculpa andy es importante y no se como se publica  ya se que no puede escribir en otros hilos pero es muy urgente..
el 29 va a hacer dos meses d que tuve una relación con una sexo-servidora me hizo felacion con preservativo y después hubo penetración vaginal con el mismo preservativo, yo no puede eyacular en ella y saque el pene de su vagina y ella me quito el preservativo y me hizo sexo oral sin preservativo, y ademas saco el condón y se lleno de fluidos de ella y pues me masturbo con la misma mano... mi pregunta es : he tenido algún riesgo, ademas solo me limpie con papel higiénico?

ahora mi segunda pregunta el 20 de agosto a las 6:30 tuve una relación sexual en la cual la mujer me puso el condón y también lubricante después hubo sexo vaginal yo metí mis dedo en su vagina   y quedaron muy mojados después d eso seguimos teniendo sexo vaginal y después cuando yo tuve eyaculacion saque mi pene pero el preservativo se movió hacia la mitad del pene y  yo intente sacarlo jalándolo de la punta pero el  preservativo estaba muy bien aderido a la mitad de mi pene lo que me da mas confianza el problema es de que lo estuve tocando y estaba muy mojado y es pues me toque el pene osea el glande y ureta  ahora mi pregunta: aun no pasan 3 días crees que sea necesario usar el ppe? ayer fui con un urologo muy reconocido de mi ciudad y me dijo que si puede haber infección  y pues mis padres ya lo saben así que necesito tu ayuda pronto.

si es que no me puedes asesoran aquí, please dime como publicar mi mensaje
Estoy infectado? / Re: AYUDA POR FAVOR TENGO DUDAS
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 08:12:31 AM »
Dudas y miedos no son hechos.  Sabemos despues de mas quw cuatro decadas en la epidemia que la protecion de los condones es muy efectivo contra la transmicion del VIH fiable. Nada excepto tu mano es 100% seguro pero sabemos desde experiencia que los condones son muy efectivo.

Termina buscando por el net a alimentar miedos sobre un virus que tu no tiene.  Termina este drama innecesario.
where only the girl has sucked the male organ and the penis contains a wound out of a few drops of blood and a small AND girl's mouth There was inside the sperm for my friend who is infected with AIDS

This was not a HIV risk - So no need to specifically test for HIV as you had no exposure. 
I am sorry my English is weak I understood me wrongly .... I did not have vaginal or anal sex either with the girl or my wife ... where only the girl has sucked the male organ and the penis contains a wound out of a few drops of blood and a small AND girl's mouth There was inside the sperm for my friend who is infected with AIDS ... Is there a need for testing .... very sorry
Can I go back to my wife without a condom? Is there a reason to test hiv?

Asked and answered, unprotected intercourse is the primary way HIV is transmitted so if you don't use condoms for intercourse you are simply accepting that risk. I have no idea what your wife's current HIV status or future status might be and neither do you.

.....After 4 hours of oral sex, I became a mild tonsillitis and after 4 days tonsillitis became purulent ....Is it a symptom of AIDS ؟...
No and if you are sick speak to a doctor so they can treat whatever is making you sick.

Does the saliva with the sperm in the girl's mouth can affect me from the wound that is present in the penis?

Asked and answered - No

Thank you very much ... I've tested std all negative but I have not tested HIv ... Can I go back to my wife without a condom? Is there a reason to test hiv? .....After 4 hours of oral sex, I became a mild tonsillitis and after 4 days tonsillitis became purulent ....Is it a symptom of AIDS ؟....Does the saliva with the sperm in the girl's mouth can affect me from the wound that is present in the penis?
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