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Am I Infected? / Re: Cunnilingus with teeth cavity and some meth
« Last post by somat85 on Today at 10:03:41 pm »
thanks jim, yes i have asked in another forum because i was very worried, i felt guilty for my wife and my child, that made me sad.
I am very sure my wife never had sex with another.
sorry because i was very worried. thank you for your answer, this makes me calm.
Off Topic Forum / Re: One year positive.
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 10:00:52 pm »

     ojo        Happy belated birthday, and yes you will be celebrating  lots of birthdays. I'm not sure if I would like to live to be 80 or even a hundred, no way Jose... Again, happy belated birthday 

@jimdublin.. happy belated birthday to your mom
Off Topic Forum / Re: National Coming Out Day.......
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 07:55:01 pm »
Awesome shoe storage Imelda!
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Viagra connect and HIV medication
« Last post by CaveyUK on Today at 04:21:27 pm »
You shouldn't ditch condoms anyway until you have been safely UD for six months. When that time comes, you can always discuss again with your wife. My gf actively wanted to ditch the condoms as soon as we could, but everyone is different.

I'd certainly get your blood sugar checked. Diabetes can cause slow-healing wounds, and whilst diabetes can be trickier to treat than HIV, you do have some dietary options that can work wonders (I was in diabetes territory a year ago btw).

Good luck anyway and keep us posted
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Viagra connect and HIV medication
« Last post by fred2005 on Today at 04:11:44 pm »
Thanks for the fast reply

I forgot to mention I am 38 years old. I didn't test for diabetes yet but for sure I will. My ED is important because I am married and can't imagine marriage without sex, she is negative by the way and at the moment we use condoms and probably will ever use from now on no matter my VL, I don't want to take any chances. My wife understood the situation and she is very supportive, I know you can still have kids but like I said at the moment I don't want to take any chances and get her infected.
Will keep everyone updated with this situation because I have appointment Tuesday and I will talk about all my concerns with my doctor.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Viagra connect and HIV medication
« Last post by CaveyUK on Today at 03:56:15 pm »
With any drug, it's worth checking on a drugs interaction checker to see if there are any warnings. Some HIV medications are better than others in that respect - essentially, if your treatment includes a booster drug there tend to be more interactions.

This is the one I use, although there are others if you google

If it turns out you are okay taking Viagra (Sildanafil) with your suggested HIV meds, then I would suggest going that route rather than buying herbal stuff on the internet. Whilst probably safe, you have far less idea whats in them.

If ED treatment is important to you, I suggest discussing it with your doctor so when you start treatment you can start on a combo that doesn't interact.

Don't worry about your lifestyle or weight too much at the moment. Many of us still have vices, and the important thing is to focus on your treatment and getting undetectable. You will have plenty of time to fix the other things in your life that need fixing - just concentrate on one thing at a time :)

As for the non-healing wound on your ankle - have you been tested for Type 2 diabetes?
Off Topic Forum / Re: One year positive.
« Last post by CaveyUK on Today at 03:49:50 pm »
A baby!

Happy (belated) birthday
OK, I can't let this one sit here unaddressed -- This thought is just wrong.  Heterosexual transmission is the main route of infection in the vast majority of cases world wide (may not be the case in the US and other western countries, but ......).  With heterosexual transmission it can't be just men passing to women.

The false notion that it is rare for woman to pass it to men or bottoms to pass it to tops is one reason this epidemic continues to rage.

Of course in THIS case, I do agree that there is virtually no risk of an UD person (man or woman) to pass it on to their partner (man or woman).


I was going to say the same thing, so glad this was pointed out.

Of course, statistically, HIV is a difficult virus for any sexuality even with 'perfect' conditions with the odd's massively stacked in the negative partners favour. It is true that statistically the risk is reduced further with vaginal sex, however the truth is that people can and do transmit HIV through any single act and there are plenty of people who acquired HIV through vanilla vaginal sex.

As others have said, Pittsgurl's partner either had HIV before they met and didn't disclose (or didn't know), or picked it up during their break up. It only really matters if PittGurl is bothered about it - which I wouldn't be, personally!
I Just Tested Poz / Viagra connect and HIV medication
« Last post by fred2005 on Today at 03:46:08 pm »
Hi. My name is Cosmin and I have been recently diagnosed with HIV. I have CD4 510 and the viral load the doctor said its on the high side but can't remember how much she said. I will start treatment very soon but my problem is I need some medication for ED and until now I was using herbal Viagra ordered from eBay. Will I still be able to take it? I have tried taking 1/4 of the 100mg tablet and its still OK for me. At the moment I feel OK and I don't have any simptoms, I admit I am a smoker and will try to quit but its so damn hard, I also have to lose weight because I am obese at 117kg and 1.7m. Thanks and I have to say I've been reading a lot on this forum and some topics boosted my morale thinking will live until old age but others got me worried of consequences from the medication and wrong life style. My goal is to reach 70, but if not...whatever God wants
I forgot to mention that i hear a ringing in my ears and have some dizziness, and that happened after I got the news that I'm positive so I blame it on the shock, doctor said it might be tinnitus and there's not much to do about it. I also have a problem at my left ankle its like a wound that never heals but there's no liquid coming from it, it looks like dead skin, doctor said its not from HIV because of my high CD4 should be healing, so i have to check this with podiatry doctor perhaps.
Wish everyone a healthy and fulfilling life
Am I Infected? / Re: Stressed and confused
« Last post by CaveyUK on Today at 03:35:35 pm »
Ok, well you can completely relax.

Nothing you have done has put you at risk of HIV. So any test would always be negative, and it has nothing to do with blood group/type.

The only way you would be at risk of HIV is through unprotected vaginal or anal sex with someone of unknown status, or sharing of needles for drug-use.

You can't get HIV through kissing, touching genitals, peeling skin or blood that is outside the human body. No-one has ever contracted HIV through any of these methods, and nowadays the routes of transmission are widely understood.

Since you are here, will you do me a favour? Before you go and get on with your life (which you should), please take some time to read the links in my sig and get educated on the risk factors and the latest strides in medication. Then, aside from avoiding unnecessary anxiety in the future, you will also be able to educate others when the subject comes up. The number one problem for people living with HIV in 2018 is stigma, and that is due to people misunderstanding what the condition is, how it is transmitted and how far treatment has come.

You can put this out of your mind safely now, but at least leave here with a bit more knowledge for future ;)
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