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Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Bone density ?
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 10:58:17 pm »

             ojo.            Hi and thanks for replying…I will see the bone specialist on August 12. I heard that tenofovir (vieras) causes bone density issues but, I didn’t take it for that long because I got acidosis (lactic acid), so, we will figure out why I’m having this problem, although, I’ve been taking meds (hiv) for 28 years and I lived with aids for five years after my aids dx, which means I was already living with aids, according the my doctor, maybe two years before my dx…I will keep you posted…again thx for replying…hugs
I Just Tested Poz / Support Group information?
« Last post by Allthefeelings on Today at 08:15:26 pm »
Hi Again! 

I introduced myself on the last thread (https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=76278.0) and I’m grateful for folks who’ve responded. I was wondering if anyone had any information on some support groups that meet online. I’m in therapy and it helps but it would be great to have real people to chat with and find some community.

Any recommendations are appreciated.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Bone density ?
« Last post by Bucklandbury on Today at 05:45:16 pm »
Tonny, I have osteopenia a little, but I think (personally) that has more to do with non-HIV things and bad genes from my folks.

My PCP is going to look again in a couple of years (it's been about six months since I got that diagnosis)... To see if things get any worse.

You may need a supplement.

Off Topic Forum / BBC 2: AIDS: The Unheard Tapes
« Last post by Bucklandbury on Today at 05:31:06 pm »
I enjoyed this. Three episodes total. ~ One hour each.


Actors lip sync the original taped interviews from the '80s and '90s. Very well done.
Living With HIV / Re: CD4 declining 6-12-18 months evaluation
« Last post by Bucklandbury on Today at 05:28:12 pm »
Your numbers are great! And you are U=U. You are as good as it is going to get. ;-)

Keep taking your Biktarvy every day as prescribed.


VL per mL   CD4 Count   CD4 %   CD8 Count   CD8 %   CD4:CE8 Ratio   RBC   WBC
04/07/22   Undetectable (< 40)   271   24.80%   671   61.60%   40.39%   4.58   3.96
10/28/21   Undetectable (< 40)   356   23.11%   924   60.03%   38.53%   4.56   2.65
06/02/21   Undetectable (< 40)   311   16.13%   1402   72.79%   22.18%   4.4   2.85
04/12/21   211   258   10.07%   2011   78.45%   12.83%   4.03   4.52
03/16/21   1,500,000   60   8.67%   496   71.21%   12.10%   4.09   2.53
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Oral sex with nearly 30 guys
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 09:59:53 am »
So I hope you feel better soon, and you should see your healthcare provider and treat whatever is making you feel unwell. 

Read your post. Let's start with the blowjobs, well, the mouth generally lacks a route for HIV to infect, and saliva also neutralises HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells. Giving a blowjob is such a minute HIV risk that it doesn't warrant specific testing outside the standard yearly HIV screening. Of course, there are other infections you can easily acquire this way.

Regarding intercourse, if condomless, it is an HIV risk to you that warrants testing. Test to confirm your HIV status six weeks after your last possible exposure with a blood-drawn (lab) HIV antibody test. A non-reactive result at that time would rarely ever change. Retesting at three months is generally not needed.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
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

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; the only way to know is by testing.

Kind regards


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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Oral sex with nearly 30 guys
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 09:45:27 am »
Two weeks ago I had anal sex with my partner

Condomless and without PrEP?
Living With HIV / Re: CD4 declining 6-12-18 months evaluation
« Last post by TGun on Today at 09:32:42 am »
had this happen much more significantly than your numbers,, felt fine the whole time... ID doctor made a guess that I ahd been also fighting off EBV reently to cause it,,, never really know for sure what caused it, but it eventually stopped and im climbng up again... its a slow process too.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: HIV negativ when U=U ?
« Last post by TGun on Today at 09:31:02 am »
a girlfriend of mine has traveled most every country in the world,, i asked her about being tested, and she said she has never been tested for HIV in any country she's traveled to.   
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