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Living With HIV / Cholesterol & Heart Risk Percentage
« Last post by Loa111 on Today at 08:39:17 am »
Had my ID doc appointment yesterday. Everything went well and the ID doc mentioned my Cholesterol level in passing. I never was told nor asked about Cholesterol before, so this was interesting to me. 

My cholesterol level is 5.8 and doc said once it stays under 6 then that is fine. I was wondering after is it the actual HIV or the medication or both which cause higher cholesterol?  (Was searching this forum but didn't find a specific on this).

I was surprised as I expected my Cholesterol reading to be lower since I don't smoke, don't drink, I exercise regularly & usually eat clean most of the time. General health websites say 5.8 is high. So wondering about this?

Also ID Doc mentioned my cardiac risk percentage which I think was 1.6% he said this number is fine, and since I turn 50 later this year, it will be important for them to keep an eye on my heart going forward due to the effect HIV can have on it.
He did advise me to keep exercising.  Again this is a new figure for me which i was not aware of before. Delighted to know they are very thorough :)

Doc also mentioned weight again, and said it is expected over time with the treatment I am on Tivicay & Descoy, and he mentioned a few extra kilos is a better option than potentially weaker bones caused by older treatments.

Aside from this, it is 3 years to the month I ended up in hospital with PCP & found out I was poz. Happy Birthday lol.

Living With HIV / Re: Advice about Grindr (and similar apps)
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 05:29:02 am »
By not disclosing, your Will never knowingly meet anyone with the dame serostatus as yourself. A perfecto lose lose situation.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by skeebo1969 on Yesterday at 11:42:47 pm »

 Thread brings back memories.  I still remember the time David (Miss P) scolded me for sharing a recipe for black beans which used beans out of a can.
Living With HIV / Possible to work temporarily in UAE?
« Last post by gcr.mty.mx on Yesterday at 05:29:35 pm »
Hi all!

Can anyone help providing information on wether it’s possible to enter and work temporarily in Dubai being hiv+?

I’ve read there are restrictions, and that an hiv test is standard for requesting residency. Positive individuals are deported. How up to date is this?

I am on treatment and undetectable for years.

Is it possible to access treatment there? Is it possible to bring your own meds?

Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by bmancanfly on Yesterday at 04:57:33 pm »
Do I Have HIV? / Re: I'm Worried about a sex I had
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 02:52:00 pm »

Fingering and rimming was no HIV risk.

As for giving a blowjob, the mouth generally lacks a route for HIV to infect, even if you had gaping holes in your mouth like meth mouth saliva also acts to neutralize HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells. It's such a minute risk that we don't even recommend specifically testing over it.

Now as for intercourse, HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse, it's obvious. There is no reason to stress or test outside of the standard yearly routine as long as this obvious issue did not happen.

So relax, move on with your life.

Im in a relationship with a girl so want to be sure everything will be ok.

Use condoms and test at least yearly. If you do engage in condomless sex with your partner, then you are obviously at risk. Often within relationships, condomless sex is based on trust or past test results. However, this does not prevent HIV, and any condomless intercourse is accepting the greater risk of acquiring HIV.

So if you do choose to engage in condomless intercourse, consider testing more frequently for HIV and far easier to acquire STI's. As a sexually active adult, it's would be recommended to test at least out of routine at least yearly for HIV & STI's.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP in the future as an additional layer of HIV protection.

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 do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV.  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.

Kind regards


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Do I Have HIV? / I'm Worried about a sex I had
« Last post by anony6461 on Yesterday at 02:42:30 pm »
Hello everyone and thank you for your time and welcoming me on this forum.

I am someone who is worried about HIV transmission. In my case I decided to visit a commercial sex worker when I was very drunk about 3 days ago. This person is a prepoerative transexual sex worker and she tried to convince me to have anal sex without a condom but I used a condom for the short time it lasted.

The only other sex we had was I gave oral sex, rimming and anal fingering. There was no ejaculation for the oral, but maybe i came into contact with precum in my mouth.

The reason I am worried is that this person wanted to do sex without condom! This is crazy! It was not my condom we used but I think I remember everything being OK, it stayed on and it was very brief anyway.

Do you think I need a test for this. I am going to test for bacterial infections but what about HIV? Im in a relationship with a girl so want to be sure everything will be ok.

Thanks you for supporting me.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by bocker3 on Yesterday at 06:56:59 am »
OMG - Does this old thread bring back memories of a different time on these boards..... 

Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: After First 3 months CD4 count
« Last post by nethan1621 on May 04, 2021, 07:08:58 pm »
This is the answer I really wanted to hear rather general basic everyday answers. For me this explanation is a kind of all in one answer.. thanks a lot…  :) :) appreciate…
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