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Living With HIV / Re: PrEP and Pregnant
« Last post by Bunny on Today at 11:48:35 am »
The only other comment I have is I really don't understand why the PrEP to start with? I really don't get that.

Thanks Jim,

My wife is HIV negative, my doctor advised to continue PrEP for three months. Here in India it is horrible situation to go to any doctor, if it is regular doctor too.  That's the reason I was not visited to my Doctor. Is it safe to stop the PrEP?.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Anyone taking a PI
« Last post by nethan1621 on Today at 07:37:14 am »
I started on tivakay and descovy. I had 0 problems with descovy, but get 6 hr severe headaches from tikavay. Do all integrase inhibitors cause headaches or dizziness? I took crixivan for years and never had any problems with it. Are the newer protease inhibitors with booster headache free? I'm thinking all integrase and nrtis affect the vascular and cause headaches or dizziness.

I am taking  3 in 1 magic pill included DTG , no kind of side effects related to headache
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Doctor Appointment
« Last post by nethan1621 on Today at 07:31:20 am »
As long as you are taking your medicine still you are lucky and healthy. Pandemic worst nightmare is runout medicine Supply but as long as there is no issue with ArV supply, just be patient per while for a blood test. Without blood test best thing you are doing is adhered to medicine means blood test is second thing you can do laterÖ depending on where you live , even dr can email blood form and go to a laboratoryÖ if its not the way in your place, just take your medicine and live a lifeÖ when I diagnosed my first aim was to find enough ARv supply without discrepancies in pandemic and once im secure with ARV other tests can be done as per situation in the pandemic 😷
Living With HIV / Re: Covid Vaccine
« Last post by nethan1621 on Today at 07:19:12 am »
I didnt have time to choose but my company gave an option and decideÖ ::). ď you can get the jab or you wanna grounded ď  >:( Ö Took Moderna month ago , and still im alive  ;D
Living With HIV / Re: Covid Vaccine
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 06:12:35 am »
The AZ Oxford rollout in Australia is proving a pain.

After the first shot there is a three week window where clots have been observed. Some of the symptoms are vague rash, headache that sort of thing...  I'm normally so relaxed and comfortable with vaccines but this one meant I was constantly evaluating my health in an almost obsessive fashion.  SAt last the three weeks has passed.

Now I have a 9 week wait for my second appointment.

At current rollout rates Australia won't be vaccinated untill 2023.  That's an awfully lot of lockdown still to come
I gained about 20 lbs between when I started Stribild after being diagnosed 12/2014, then switching to Genvoya, and eventually Biktarvy. I was miserable during that time being at my heaviest, and I also had trouble losing weight (granted, I didnít try *too* hard). My ID doctor recommended I try Juluca to see if it was the TAF preventing weight loss, so I just switched in February. I have also started a new workout routine so I canít 100% say itís the medicine but Iíve lost 15 lbs since then. I have none of the constant gas and bloating I had on all my previous meds. Juluca is a pain because I have to take it with food and it has to be a certain amount of time before or after I take Pepcid complete which I need maybe 2-3 times a week for reflux. Otherwise Iím happy I switched.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Doctor Appointment
« Last post by lightalltheway on Yesterday at 08:19:09 pm »

Due this darkened days with the pandemic, i have been a victim of restriction of movement and the freedom to move. Hence, i have missed my yearly routine check-up for few months now. Expected few more months to be able to reach my clinic.

I don't know how much longer should i wait until i will be able to see my doctor again, i would appreciate if somebody passed through the same and share his experience in terms of skipping and/ or being unable to access his routine check-up for a prolong period of time. Any risk? any advice?

on a side note, i am adherent to my ART, i feel generally well, just like any normal day.

Light all the way
Living With HIV / Re: Possible to work temporarily in UAE?
« Last post by lightalltheway on Yesterday at 08:00:44 pm »

Rules are still applied and its clear. For expats, you cant issue a work permit without HIV negative test. Any ELISA positive test will be deported immediately in a dehumising settings.

Nonetheless, You can bring your own medication if you are on a visit or a short stay related to work which does not require issuing a permit.

Hope its clear for you.

My dad passed 4/5 and left me about $11,000. I called my case manager and she said it doesnít affect my case with her, but that Medicaid had a $1000 cap on what I could have. Iím wanting to buy a small house, but havenít reported the money to Medicaid yet. Iíve been getting ďextra helpĒ to cover my meds, and Iím afraid that Medicaid will expect me to spend all of this money on medication. I know if I buy a home that they wonít take my residence, but how do I get this done (itsí a slow process) without getting in trouble? Do I quit my meds? Has anyone dealt with this? I donít know where else to ask.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Howís every oneís week been...
« Last post by delilah07 on May 08, 2021, 09:32:58 pm »
Enjoy your rest, and your work. You deserve both of them.
Focus on your birthday blowout to relax.

To put things in perspective, when I work it is normally a minimum 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks straight. Then 2 to 3 weeks off, then start again. I haven't worked since March 2020 due to travel restrictions, I use to hate my job but now for some strange reason I actually miss it.

Make the most of what you have, for sure there is someone out there willing to give their eye teeth to take it from you.


I think of the fact that anyone would like to be working. Or even take my job. But there is a shortage in the field I am in. Iím still in the training phase with old computer programs. Itís not that easy. At times I feel dumb because I ask for help from my coworkers.
 I hope you get back to work soon. From what Ihear some states are opening up this summer.
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