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Am I Infected? / HIV Query
« Last post by lkpozi on Today at 11:25:53 am »

I had anal intercourse with another male on June 17th, i used a condom during this encounter. This person says that they are negative but, have not had a test in a year.
I also had anal intercourse with another male on July 8th, again i used a condom, there were two separate slippages of the condom however, both times i believe the condoms covered the urethra and only slipped halfway down my penis. This person also claimed to be negative and even on PrEP.

On July 12th i broke out with a bad rash on the trunk of my body (sebborrheic dermatitis, something i have had flare ups of in the past but not this bad) this lasted a week, although it occurred after a lot of stress and anxiety over my HIV status.

I had a finger prick test come up negative on July 19th (about 31 days after first encounter) and i am waiting until next week to go for a follow up test. What concerns me is that have been suffering with mild flare ups of my seb derm and a dry mouth for the past week. I am chronically stressed, anxious and depressed over this situation.

Any advice over my potential risk would be fantastic.

Mental Health & HIV / Re: 58 and feeling lonesome
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 10:49:51 am »
Fortunately, there are a number of forum members in the UK, so I'm sure some will chime in soon to give you some practical suggestions about local support groups and social-interaction opportunities.

In the meantime, and on a continuing basis, do keep in touch with this forum for support and guidance.  There are many people here who may be similarly situated, and they are caring, and can help via the internet community.

If you have suicidal ideation, please treat it seriously.  If you have not perused this already, please check out this link:


Please take care of yourself and keep in touch.
Gracias Andy y Jim, por el tiempo en responder.
Sigo en Truvada y Kaletra, me siento mejor emocionalmente, se que hay posibilidad de salir infectado pero bueno que se hace..hoy amanecí con los ganglios del cuello inflamados.

Queda esperar, confiando sobre todo en que lo de mi pareja sea otra cosa diferente. Aún sigue con un pequeño fastidio en la garganta.

Cuál sería el tiempo más recomendable para hacerme la primera. Prueba... Por otro lado, considera que es una buena opción hacerme el de carga viral?
Mental Health & HIV / Re: 58 and feeling lonesome
« Last post by pipmonk on Today at 10:37:10 am »
ps;  any advice on how to deal with morbid thoughts on suicide?  I feel so lonely and not handling the loss of youth and friends very well.  Where I live there isn't much support, it is an isolated area.  I am thinking of moving back to London but other factors mean realistically I have to stay here.  I'm too old to get a new job, and because of health issues and lack of work experience I'm hugely unemployable.  I live in a good environment but no gay love or support as such.  I guess I need to strengthen my mental thinking.  Right?
Off Topic Forum / MOVED: 58 and feeling lonesome
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 10:26:57 am »
Mental Health & HIV / Re: Depression caused by TLE
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 10:25:41 am »

Sorry to hear about how you are feeling and hopefully things will be better soon

I'm on the mobile phone and will post a longer post later.

Point 4)

In short my own understanding is depression, rarely has one clear cause and HIV meds rarely cause it outright,  but they can and do for some popeople enhance moods and/or worsen an exciting depression.

Point 1)
It could be a needed step

Point 5)
Antidepressants can help and be a vital step in the process of getting well

Point 2)
Really a medical treatment question for a qualified doctor

I moved your thread to this section, do have a look at the welcome post on this section of the forum as well as it contains a lot of information about depression.

Take it easy and know that you are not alone in this.


Mental Health & HIV / 58 and feeling lonesome
« Last post by pipmonk on Today at 10:18:19 am »
Hi everyone!

I trust the day is being a good one for you.  I'm in one of those places where everyone seems to be busy with their own stuff.  My back has been a pain issue for a while now, and my prostate cancer treatment is dragging on a bit.  However, the HIV status is in good shape thanks to the meds.  But mentally I'm sinking , and would like some kind words to kick start me again.

Pip (58 year old UK resident in need of some TLC)

Mental Health & HIV / Depression caused by TLE
« Last post by Bunny on Today at 10:04:01 am »
Dear Friends,

I am doing pretty much with my current regimen ( TDF+LMV+EFV), my numbers also good.

But these days I am feeling depressive, feeling lonely hopelessness, vivid dreams as well as not concentrating on my work. These days I was very angry upon my family members. Some times I get panic attacks as well.

I consulted doctor and he supposed to switch/change my current regimen to costly one which I am not afford, in the mean while he prescribed to anti depressants and anti anxiety medicines.

1. Fluxetine 20 mg - 2 times
2. Alprazolam 0.5 mg  - one time evening

I have some questions to ask :-

1. Is it the only way to  change the current regimen to get rid of this depression caused by current regimen?
2. Above medicines (anti depressants ) are good for long time to continue?
3. Is any one have any experience like me here and how they overcome it?
4. I am almost 6 years passed with my current regimen and not get like this situation, why after long duration this depression attacked to me?
5. Is the antidepressants can help me?
Please can any one help me.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Se me salio el condon
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 07:53:59 am »
Este es mi ultima comentario antes que tu prueba. Estoy esperando un resultado  negativo para tu.  No voy a respondar a cada detalle y duda.
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