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Am I Infected? / Re: Extremely risky encountwrs
« Last post by Bkhannah83 on Today at 02:42:36 AM »
Thank you, i really appreciate your reply. I am aware of the 3 month conclusive rule, but based on the tests I’ve taken, do you feel if i were indeed positive it would have popped up on a test by now? The most recent negative test is by Oraquick oral swab as well as Chembio HIV 1/2 Stat Pack assay at 60 days (8.5 weeks). How accurate is Chembio as i have never heard of it before and being that it was a finger prick requiring blood, is is more accurate than Oraquick oral swab? My PCP stated i would show positive by now if i used the Oraquick test correctly. Thank you again for the reply.
Am I Infected? / Re: Extremely risky encountwrs
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 01:51:31 AM »

Look I hope you feel better soon, but we don't discuss symptoms here, all i am willing to say is regardless of your HIV status, the symptoms you mentioned range from nothing to do with HIV at all to not HIV specific. If you are still sick see your doctor again and treat whatever is making you feel bad.   

My advice is to test again at 3 months post the last possible exposure for HIV and also to test for far easier to transmit STI's.  I do not expect the HIV test result to change but test to confirm that.

11/11 - this person has tested negative as i have seen the blood work results.

Good for her, she was HIV negative some 3 months before that test. This means nothing to you.

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


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Am I Infected? / Extremely risky encountwrs
« Last post by Bkhannah83 on Today at 12:44:17 AM »
Hello everyone. So i am a 34 years old heterosexual male. I had unprotected sex with 4 different women in Novemeber of 2017 on the following dates:
11/11 - this person has tested negative as i have seen the blood work results.
and 11/17.

I went through a messy divorce and just lost sight of what i was doing. No excuses, but i made my bed. I started to feel sick Novemver 29th with what I thought was a sinus infection. I took Augmentin Clav and prednisone for close to 3 weeks interchanging with Amoxicillin. For the the last 2 weeks of December i felt fatigued like i never did in my life. I also felt i was having extreme fever, but when i would take my temperature it would be normal. I had diarrhea for about 3 days, but attributed it to the antibiotics. Fast forward to January of this year and i am still feeling sick. I have had zero appetite since January 1st. I normally eat lots of food. I can “feel” my body fighting an infection as i have these feelings of heat throughout my body on and off. The past week my stool has been interchangeable between really soft almost diarrhea like to normal looking brown stool. Last night though i had the worst case of diarrhea I’ve ever had in my entire life where it was just straight liquid coming out. I’ve also been experiencing night sweats for the last month. I have taken the following Oraquick oral swab tests on the following dates:

12/7 - Negative
12/26 - Negative
01/08 - Negative
01/10 - Negative
01/15 - Negative
01/17 - Negative

I also went to CityMd yesterday (01/17) and took a rapid finger prick test called
Chembio HIV 1/2 Stat Pack Assay and the result was negative as well.

My last encounters since the last 2 tests range from 60-74 days. Can anyone give me any feedback on whether or not my results are accurate using the testing methods I’ve used so far. I really appreciate the feedback. Thank you ahead of time.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: So I tested Positive last week
« Last post by awakening on Yesterday at 09:55:28 PM »
@toshiroh, you seem to have private messages blocked. PM me if you would like to chat.
I believe it will be expanded in Ottowa from online news stories I have read. But elsewhere in the USA I cannot comment on. I do know they are still enrolling people. I know they desperately want people who were diagnosed soon after infection and started treatment early on.

I know some of the other study participants travel from far away.
Hola Andy, gracias por su pronta respuesta, en mi caso para hacerme la prueba y buscar tranquilidad Mental, podría hacerme la prueba de 4ta generación después de 20 días y tener resultados confiables?
I Just Tested Poz / Re: I am positive
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 07:09:30 PM »
   ojo.        Welcome

I just want to ad that, you seem to have the right attitude to defeat this virus, now, you only have to take your one pill a day med, as prescribed, and you will be on your way to take back control of your life...the sooner you learn to.live with the bug,better....
Estoy infectado? / Re: sexo oral sin condon
« Last post by lucascastro on Yesterday at 07:03:24 PM »
Muchas gracias andy!! Realmente sus palabras me hicieron muy bien! Sigo para adelante con mi vida normal!
Estoy infectado? / Re: Sintomas vih primoinfectacion
« Last post by nimbokid on Yesterday at 06:57:19 PM »
Hola andy, quiesiera que comentases, ya que en Internet hay informacion confusa, sobre los primeros sintomas del vih o primoinfectacion
Cuales son? Cuando aparecen? Debe  aparecer todos a la vez? Un saludo
Gracias podria responderme a esta pregunta? Veras estoy preocupado porque a 19 dias de la relacion estoy obsesionado, creo que se me esta inflamando poco a poco el ganglio de la oreja, ayuda por favor
No se algun caso de transmicion desde esa moda.

Los sintomas son algo a discutir con tu doctor.  No son el VIH especifico y no puedo hacer un diagnostico aqui.  No son el VIH especifico y no puedo ver un riesgo por el VIH.
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