Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 02, 2022, 09:44:15 am

Login with username, password and session length


Members
Stats
  • Total Posts: 766164
  • Total Topics: 65355
  • Online Today: 129
  • Online Ever: 5484
  • (June 18, 2021, 11:15:29 pm)
Users Online
Users: 1
Guests: 72
Total: 73

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Do I Have HIV?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Do I Have HIV?

Welcome to the "Do I Have HIV?" POZ forum.

This special section of the POZ forum is for individuals who have concerns about whether or not they are HIV positive. Individuals are permitted to post up to three questions or responses in this forum.

Ongoing participation in the "Do I Have HIV?" forum (posting more than three questions or responses) requires a paid subscription, with secure payments made via PayPal.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Do I Have HIV?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There is no charge to read threads in the "Do I Have HIV?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the other POZ forums. In addition, the POZ Basics "HIV Transmission and Risks" and "HIV Testing" basics, will remain accessible to all.

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Do I Have HIV?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Do I Have HIV?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: Worried about specific fungus  (Read 520 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Hopeful89

  • Standard
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Worried about specific fungus
« on: August 26, 2022, 04:19:56 pm »
Hello to you all

I know it is all about using condoms 100% of the times but I am very worried that I might be in a late stage of infection. I dont have a confirmed diagnosis but Ive had risky encounters involving penetration without condom. Stupidly enough, I was okay with my sex life. I mean I made sure to use condoms with sex workers 100% of the times but I was stupid not to protect myself with females I "know".

Now I developed a very specific type of fungus in my middle fingernail. Onychomicosis proximal, that is a white layer at the root of the nail, which I have found is most commonly found in HIV patients (unlike the other types of fungal infections involving the nails of the hand).

Im very anxious. Why would almost every single website on Google associate this specific type of fungal infection with HIV patients?

I know the only way to make sure is by getting tested but like many on here I am terrible anxious. I was okay until I developed this fungal infection because I looked it up and it is supposed to be very unusual.

Bless to you all

Offline Jim Allen

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 19,490
  • Twitter @JimAllenDublin
    • HIV Lessons
Re: Worried about specific fungus
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2022, 05:25:30 pm »
Hiya,

It's not HIV specific at all.

Treat the fungal infection and considering your HIV risks test to confirm your HIV status.

When was your last possible exposure?
.
Quote
.not to protect myself with females I "know".

Yeah, HIV doesn't care about how well you know someone or not.

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, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the "Do I have HIV" Forum, you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post, and it will take you here. It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread, and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will removed




HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

Offline Hopeful89

  • Standard
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: Worried about specific fungus
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2022, 06:00:39 pm »
Hello, Jim

Thank you for your response!

My last possible exposure was about 2 or 3 weeks. I know I have to wait 12 weeks before testing. My worry is that if Im in a late stage of the infection I would have to tell all of the girls Ive had unprotected sex since my last HIV negative test back in mid 2018. I still maintain communication with some of them and none of them has complained to me about an infection (of course I cant tell if they have tested for HIV or not).

Is it my responsability to tell them that I think I may be infected? On the other hand I believe it is also theirs for having unprotected casual sex. Of course if I had known my HIV status for sure, I wouldnt have had unprotected sex with any of them.

Anyways that's my worry. I can manage getting a positive result but what eats me alive is the thought of passing these news to someone.

Offline Jim Allen

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 19,490
  • Twitter @JimAllenDublin
    • HIV Lessons
Re: Worried about specific fungus
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2022, 01:31:51 am »
Hiya,

Test six weeks after your last possible exposure with a blood-draw (lab) HIV antibody test. A non-reactive result at that time would rarely ever change, and generally, retesting at three months isn't needed.

HIV isn't the only infection that's a concern, and considering you have not been routinely tested it would be wise to get an STI screening as well.

Quote
Is it my responsability to tell them that I think I may be infected? On the other hand I believe it is also theirs for having unprotected casual sex. Of course if I had known my HIV status for sure, I wouldnt have had unprotected sex with any of them.

Anyways that's my worry. I can manage getting a positive result but what eats me alive is the thought of passing these news to someone.

Contact tracing is essential if you have a diagnosis, and some clinics will offer to do this as a service.   

Some of the reasons why it's important include that people who know they are living with HIV can seek care and treatment, which stops HIV from being passed on to even more people. Not knowing and late treatment increases risks such as permanent disabilities or death.

Anyhow, the first thing to do to know your HIV status is to get tested. 
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

Offline Hopeful89

  • Standard
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: Worried about specific fungus
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2022, 01:27:25 pm »
Alright. One final question please. If Im in a late stage of infection and Im progressing to AIDS, am I going to die soon? Or will the retroviral therapy help me live longer? Im living in Peru and HIV/AIDS treatment is free of charge.

Thank you.

Offline Jim Allen

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 19,490
  • Twitter @JimAllenDublin
    • HIV Lessons
Re: Worried about specific fungus
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2022, 04:10:19 am »
You have not even been diagnosed with HIV, let alone AIDS.

Anyhow, an AIDS (Stage 3 or late stage) diagnosis has increased risk, but it's not an automatic death sentence with treatment.
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2022 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.