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Vivir con el VIH / Re: Cáncer, sida y cosas de la vida...
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 09:07:21 PM »

       ojo     hola nuevamente Melio, me da gusto que ya estes de fijo tratar el cancer, creo que es lo que apremia, claro, seguiendo ty tratamiento contra el vih...sobre tu cancer, replicacion repentina, no se si sepas o si el infectologo sepa de este cancer, hay un sindrome de reconstitucion inmumologica, esto es, que cuando tu sistema inune esta muy danado y se recupera rapidamente, y si tienes una infecion opotunista o un cancer, estas condiciones se pueden poner peor (IRIS), por sus siglas en ingles, tall vez esta sea la razon de que tu cancer se multiplico rapidamente, de cualquier forma, en cuanto empoezes tratamiento, de seguro te ira bien.

Si quieres ser activista de el vih, sera bueno empezar a contar tu historia, diciendole a tu gente, que el no saber si eres vih positivo, puede significar la muerte...creo yo, que toda gente que es sexualmente activo, monogamos o no, deben hacerse la prueba del vih al menos cada ano, junto con otras pruebas de enfermedades venereas...por que las parejas monogamas tambien?, uno nunca sabe si tu pareja es fiel al cien porciento, hemos tenidos muchos casos, incluyendo el tuyo, que le fallan a sus parekas, y les traen enfermedades a sus parejas. creo que es una manera de poner tu granito para ayudar a otras personas..tambien es importante, que te pongas en contacto con aquellas personas que pudieras haber infectado sin saber...aca en los USA, el departamento de salud te entrevista, precisamente para eso, saner las personas que estuvieron expuestas al virus, y ellos les hacen saber anonimamente, que tuvieron una relacion de riesgo...tamien, habra que proponer el uso de condones, no es cien porciento seguro, pero al menos, se considera "safer sex".

Ok amigo colombiano, de deseo mucha suerte con los resultados de la biopsi, y sea lo que sea, a tratarse, si te dan radiacion, pobre, la pasaras un poquito mal, un amigo tuvo ese tratamiento, salio bien, por si te interesa saber...por favor dejanos saber como vas, no estas solo, cuentas con nosotros para darte fuerzas en este doble reto que estaras enfrentando...recuerda que una buena actitud ante la adversidad, es como extra energia, para vencer lo que se nos pone enfrente...mucha suerte y te mando un fuerte abrazo              ojo
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 09:03:27 PM »
Los condoms son my effectivo. Si tiene sintomas son algo a discutir con tu doctor.  No creo que el VIH es tu problema.  No hay nada en los sintomas que es el VIH especifico.
Since I'm a realist and I am visual and even though our moderator said the same thing, the thing that takes time to absorb, understand and accept is that I'm not damaged goods and worth something. SOCIETY sure did a horrible thing to aid and abet stigmatism. Primarily because to bill this as a gay disease fit them, but I'll bet when all segments of society became positive, society was aghast. That's why society is dragging their feet to acknowledge that to be UD means it can not be transmitted. So I'll bet they are wrestling a with a new way to discriminate. How many more lives will be shattered.
"Undetectable Equals Non-Transmission: Centers for Disease "


aka TasP (treatment as prevention)
Am I Infected? / Educational questions
« Last post by Scaredhelp on Today at 08:04:18 PM »
Hello have been browsing through your forums to ease my mind  and assure my self that the 8+ negative Oraquick test i have taken are in fact conclussive all of witch jave been taken before and most taken after 3 months from my at risk(unprotected sex) exposure in november 2015 but ran into 2 post that have me worried.

1) can "elite controllers"  stay off the radar of oraquick test

2) why does cananda have such low standards on oraquick test

And last ran into a post on this forum about an HiV+ person testing negative after 2 years while on hiv medication, i thought once you are postive you will always test postive.

So can i count my 8 neg oraquick test as accurate with my last one being done this september 2017? Could i be a elite controller? I have read the elite controllers can still get other health issues and the reason i ask this is because after my risk exposure i got a really bad ring worm rash and after that went away every once in a while i get psoriasis type like rashed on my joints whitch i thoight was psoratic arthratis.

Once agan thank you.
‘I don’t feel like I’m a threat anymore.’ New HIV guidelines are changing lives.
In 2008, Swiss experts announced that those with undetectable levels of HIV could not transmit HIV through sex. But the world was not ready to hear the message then.“It was like the sky opened. Are you kidding? There’s, like, zero risk? I don’t feel like I’m a threat anymore. I don’t feel like I’m dirty. I don’t feel like I’m a dangerous person.”
Living With HIV / Gallbladder & HIV?
« Last post by QueenB on Today at 07:51:41 PM »
Hi all,

I am having issues with my gallbladder as of the last 5 months or so and am going to see a surgeon about possibly getting it removed. I know we have to be careful with medicine and alcohol and other things that effect the liver, and I am slightly concerned about my gallbladder being removed and how this might effect my liver since I am on a regimen and will be for the rest of my life.

Firstly, YES, I am going to speak with my surgeon and ID doctor about this (so no need to tell me to go do that), but my appointments with them are almost a month out, and I honestly wanted to hear any personal experiences people might have from those of you who are + and have had yours removed.

Those of you who have had your gallbladder removed and are +, have you noticed any negative effects? Have there been any concerns longterm or other symptoms from not having your gallbladder and consistently taking your medication? Any other info you'd have to share?

Thank you!!
I Just Tested Poz / Re: 1 Week
« Last post by QueenB on Today at 07:45:57 PM »

Medications are working well for us both. I am UD and hubby is so undetectable his results all say N/A on his VL. Hubby's CD4 went up from 637 to a whopping 1091 so I was happy to see that! I'll get my CD4 next month but was 395 initially. I am hoping it went up a good bit as well! My WBC dropped but I had to get a metabolic panel for something else and it had come back up some, so I was glad for that.

All is well! Thanks for the support.
« Last post by andrsan on Today at 07:11:16 PM »
BUENAS NOCHES Y GRACIAS DE ANTEMANO POR AYUDAR A PERSONAS A SALIR DE DUDAS; estoy un poco preocupado, por favor a ver si me pueden ayudar; hace dos meses tuve una relación sexual con condón con una sexo servidora todo el coito fue con condon, pero estos meses he estado enfermo, tuve faringitis crónica por un mes la cual ya estoy mejor, pero ahora tengo sinusitis la cual no me deja respirar bien por las noches, hoy me dio conjuntivitis en el ojo derecho, y me dicen que es porque tengo bajas las defensas de mi organismo, ESTOY MUY PREOCUPADO  LA VERDAD ESTABA MUY EBRIO CUANDO ESTUVE CON ELLA Y ADEMAS USAN CONDONES BARATOS Y NO SE SI SEAN EFECTIVOS, PUEDAN SER SINTOMAS DE VIH.:(
Hi Dave, The price for generic Truvada (what i take) is much cheaper. I have copied teh price of original and generic from the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic`s website (http://en.trcarc.org/?page_id=632  - you can see doc/test fees here)

Med fees here: http://adamslove.org/en-d.php?id=73

Tenofovir 300 mg + Emtricitabine 200 (LFASiA) Original
Trade Name: TRUVADA
Price/Tablet: 70 THB
Price/Bottle: 2,100 THB (30 tab)

Tenofovir 300 mg + Emtricitabine 200 (MYLAN) Generic
Trade Name: RICOVIR-EM
Price/Tablet: 26 THB
Price/Bottle: 780 THB (30 tab)
Hi Terrry,

Thanks for the links. I would love to upgrade my meds but the costs there are a bit much for me. On dissadvantage for living here in Thailand as you know, we have to pay ourselves. I will have to just wait until they drop the prices a bit more.

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