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Living With HIV / Re: Fallen Angel Update 21-08-2023
« Last post by Angel-Ronnie on Yesterday at 05:50:28 am »
What an inspiring thread. It's so cool that you continue to invest in yourself and find new goals to work towards. After so many years, what is your stance on being single?

I am open to a relationship, I think after being on my own for 8 years now would be an awesome time to meet someone I can grow old with.

Living With HIV / Re: Fallen Angel Update 21-08-2023
« Last post by Angel-Ronnie on Yesterday at 05:48:36 am »
Awesome outlook on life, and your numbers are also awesome. As someone who is newly diagnosed and struggling with it. Can I ask you what your initial VL and CD4 count were in 2006 when you were first diagnosed.

Yes you may ask.
just when I started Truvada and Stocrin my CD4 was 350 and VL was 3000. My specialist thought it good to start early HIV Treatment and that was 16 years ago
How Can I Prevent HIV? / expanded prep access australia
« Last post by harleymc on Yesterday at 02:23:53 am »
The Australian Federal budget has earmarked money for Prep.

The extra money makes Prep available for people on temporary visas.
Living With HIV / Re: "HOPE DIES LAST"
« Last post by Tonny2 on May 15, 2024, 05:12:13 pm »

                  ojo.              Hello everyone!… Well, I saw the ID doctor last week and as usual, tells me that if not were for my neuropathy pain and my vision problems, I would be healthier. He also said that there is nothing else in his toolbox to use to help, but my treatment is still kicking because,, since January 2007, I’ve been taking the same treatment and is still working. Soldiers between 700–800, I forgot my percentage and as I said, still undetectable. I can’t complain because even though my pain and blindness, I’m still alive and on here sharing with all of you my story of Survival… After all, there is life after an HIV diagnosis specially nowadays…

I also, yesterday, saw the Corne specialist and My Kia is stable, also we can’t do anything else for it but at least it’s stable, here replace a special contact lens that I’ve been wearing since November 2010 after my stem cell surgery. Also, he check my blind eye. and he says that everything looks fine. The 28th of this month I will see the surgeon and he would be the one who will decide when I will become. They won million men, when to get my bionic eye. Seriously, it is just a contact lens, plastic one, with the iris and pupil painted to make it look like a real eye. It would be nice that there was such a thing as a bionic eye… I will keep you guys posted… Hugs.

Ps. sorry for the typos
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Just worried about a possible needle contact
« Last post by Jim Allen on May 15, 2024, 03:29:13 pm »
You're welcome. It's not an HIV concern.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Just worried about a possible needle contact
« Last post by Bruno on May 15, 2024, 12:33:44 pm »
Thanks for the answer. The reason of my question was because I have seen on tv here in Brazil some rare  cases of people get sticked by needles in public spaces. Like you said, i am not in risk for hiv . i am in peace now. Thanks again.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Just worried about a possible needle contact
« Last post by Jim Allen on May 15, 2024, 07:54:42 am »

Read your post three times, including the "what ifs" with great care.

You didn't have any HIV risk from this situation, move on with your life. Please don't post about this again, thank you.

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV and get vaccinated against HPV, Hepatitis A & B.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier-acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards


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Do I Have HIV? / Just worried about a possible needle contact
« Last post by Bruno on May 15, 2024, 07:24:34 am »
At first this forum is excellent way to talk about hiv. Here is my question. I am a Brazilian gay man with 39 years. Let me ask you a question to see if it's only me freaking out. There was a day I went to a samba at night in Rio. It was in the Pedra do Sal samba. A famous local place in the city of Rio de Janeiro.  It was already 00:00 lately at night. Funk, a Brazilian music,  was playing in the street. I tried to cross from one side to the other side of the street to leave. It was actually very full. I felt something on my back like burning. But I saw there was a guy behind smoking. Not sure 100% because it was full of people in the street. I was more worried about the safety of  my cell phone.  I came home and saw that there was actually a small hole on my tshirt. I didn't see any blood on the blouse. Just this hole. How crazy! It occurred to me that this could be someone sticking me with a contaminated needle. But it was 00:00. Who would do that? Crazy thought? If it was even a needle injured, is it possible to contract hiv under these circumstances that I am talking here? I decided not take pep cause it sounded not real for me. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks for all.
I Just Tested Poz / MOVED: Worried...?
« Last post by Jim Allen on May 14, 2024, 10:49:50 pm »
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Worried...?
« Last post by leatherman on May 14, 2024, 08:55:25 pm »
You're welcome.

Although oral sex is a theorical risk, so far no one has ever been infected that way. Enzymes in salvia interrupt HIV from infecting. And as far as blood transmission, you really need in have it injected into you, or both people bleeding into each other's gaping wounds (like after a car accident) to be infected.

You didn't need PEP, but non-HIV doctors and hospital doctors who don't see much HIV in a community will often over-react. ;)
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