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Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Exposure, HIV Testing Accuracy
« Last post by boixngtalk on Today at 04:50:21 AM »
I guess I got my money's worth. Never again. Thanks Jim.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Exposure, HIV Testing Accuracy
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 04:38:21 AM »
Look you had an exposure,  test and move on.

Nobody can tell you much more than that

Jim
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Am I Infected? / Exposure
« Last post by Joe_ph on Today at 03:46:27 AM »
Hi to all the good guys in here!!! I would like to thank you all for a job well done. Eventhough before i was just reading the forums here for free, but now here i am asking for answers for my recent exposure .

So here it is. I am a bi male from asia. I met this saudi guy and we made out. . Only kissing. Very deep, open mouth kissing. I was aware that i have 3 mouth sores (one in the lower lip, and 2 on the upper lip due to trauma to braces). The sores are not that big, its not bleeding either. While we were kissing, im not sure if he had blood on his mouth or something but i knew that he doesnt have a perfect healthy teeth, maybe because of smoking which it darkens the frontal teeth he has. I dont know also if i taste blood something.

Pls tell me if im expose:

1. 3 large mouth sores, not bleeding. . Might expose due to unhealthy dental teeth of saudi guy

Please guys, i need your help. Ive been living this anxiety for almost a month now. And i want answers from you guys. I know u are really telling the truth. Godbless guys and more power.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Exposure, HIV Testing Accuracy
« Last post by boixngtalk on Today at 02:52:57 AM »
That I know and plan to do regardless. As I'm very sexually active, I get tested every three months like clockwork, with or without exposure, because its better to be safe than sorry.

However, based on your expertise should I lose any sleep over this?
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Yes.

Test as per the guidelines given and move on with your life

Jim
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1, 2 & 3 not a risk.

No matter how rough it was you had no risk as long as the condom did not break during the intercourse.

HIV is transmitted sexual inside the human body as in never being exposed outside the human body. HIV is a very fragile virus and the outer receptors corrode leaving it unable to infect. 

Move on with your life.

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.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other 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

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . 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. Any additional threads will be deleted.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Exposure, HIV Testing Accuracy
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 02:34:35 AM »
Condom broke, you had a risk.

Guidelines are to test at 6 weeks past any incident and then at 13 weeks to confirm the result. 

You can read about testing here:HIV Testing

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.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other 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

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . 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. Any additional threads will be deleted.
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Living With HIV / One year down, many more to go
« Last post by daveR on Today at 02:22:43 AM »
Good day BM's,

June 25th 2016, a day I will never forget. The word positive written not just once but 3 times in the end on my HIV test form. But here I am 1 year later and still healthy. Just had my blood work done, original diagnosis was VL of 21800 and a CD4 of 330 at 31%. Started on Truvada and Edurant. After 10 weeks the VL was in-detectable and has remained there. My CD4 peaked at 960 at 36% around October but numerically have been in decline and currently stand at 660 but still 36%.
Now even though I know those figures still leave me in the relatively normal range along with the non positive population there was still something about seeing the number drop. I think it was more to do with my own high hopes of it actually increasing. Still happy with them though. The amazing thing was my other figures. Since 1993 the doctors here have been telling me to change my lifestyle or die a young man due to my cholesterol being between 220 and 265 every year and my fasting glucose levels being rarely blow 110. I checked them 3 months ago and found them to both be in normal range and again on my last test a few days ago they were still there proving it was not a fluke reading. It has taken a major change to my way of living though, no alcohol, junk food, sweets, chocolates or any other of life's small pleasures. Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, steamed fish and chicken. Add to this a 3 times a week full body work out with energy burning compound moves and some cardio, plus a whole lot of will power and I achieved something that I thought was impossible. Just goes to show I was not trying hard enough before.

I am still on genuine Truvada at the moment but my ID doctor suggested this time that I make the move to generics, they do not sell them at the hospital I use but she offered a letter for the Red Cross in Bangkok valid for one year. I didn't take her up on it this time as I was nearly out of pills so I took 3 months of the real stuff and plan to start the generics when this batch of pills have finished. May even move my treatment to Bangkok after reading posts from others on here. My doctor just took the blood and then emailed the results to me, no discussion. Nothing actually stops me going back to see her but it just seems unprofessional. 

As for any major health issues due to the virus or meds, I can say I have had none. The stomach issues I had at the beginning passed after 5 weeks, I do get periods of lethargy and it takes a fair bit of will power during these to get to the gym but I manage all the same. The lethargy seems to be more after lunch when I take the meds, may just be a mental thing as it is periodic. I have had one ear infection this past year which cleared itself so nothing untoward there. All in all health wise I am very pleased.

The only downside to life so far is I lost my job in the oil industry due to cuts a few weeks back. It will be all but impossible to find a new one internationally as I don't know many companies that do not ask for an HIV test. Just one indication of the bias and stigma surrounding this condition, even with the U=U philosophy slowing coming out. I think it will be may years before we can fully integrate back into society with out any discrimination. Just one of lifes curve balls that has to be hit back.

Take care
Dave
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Am I Infected? / Re: Possible Exposure, HIV Testing Accuracy
« Last post by boixngtalk on Today at 01:46:28 AM »
I get my life together and practice everything sexual as safe as I can (even protected oral sex at all times) and then the following happens.

I started having sex with a female escort (vaginal sex) that I've seen in the past and about 10 seconds in I felt the condom pop and could tell it was a bad break right away.

I immediately pulled out of her vagina and my penis was pretty much exposed. I didn't even attempt to place on a second condom as I was a bit rattled. I just masturbated the rest of the way on her stomach.

Everything happened so fast. From the moment I felt the break until the moment I pulled out - there were around three thrusts and maybe 5 seconds of time involved.

I am circumcised. She did use some lubricant (made by Trojan) to get her vagina slippery so I would slide in and out.

She placed the condom on me and I think she did it a little too tight is my guess (but who knows). I usually place it on myself.

To be honest, it happened so fast that it was almost like borderline dipping. It was basically a rip.. then thrust, thrust, thrust and withdrawal.

I know this was a low risk exposure and likely have nothing to fear, but it was an exposure.

Spoke with my doctor and he almost blew it off like I was making it into something bigger than it was. He said "HIV is not as easy to catch as people think" and told me I should be more concerned with a bacterial STD like The Clap (which he also felt was unlikely).

I just figured I would get a third party's thoughts on the incident in question, based on the facts.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: New Diagnosis
« Last post by valerie41 on Yesterday at 11:48:50 PM »
Thank you for all your kind words. This process hasn't been easy and living in a smallish, rural community as an HIV+ woman has it's challenges as does any + diagnosis. I have struggled as I am sure most people do with disclosure. After the first month of what felt like bad news every time the phone rang, I was so excited to get the good news. Thanks for letting me share and for supporting my progress :)
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