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Estoy infectado? / Re: Duda sobre riesgo
« Last post by Jandro6 on Yesterday at 10:50:08 pm »
Hola nuevamente Andy, ya habían pasado más de 6 meses desde que me veía en la necesidad de escribirle.
Tuve relaciones con una sexoservidora, ella me colocó un preservativo desde el inicio pero desconozco la marca y la calidad del preservativo, además le aplicó un poco de lubricante al preservativo. También desconozco si ella había hecho agujeros al preservativo, o si en dado caso eso implicaría un riesgo.
La penetré talvez por 3 minutos, después saqué mi pene y me masturbé sin quitarme el preservativo hasta eyacular.
Estoy preocupado porque por el preservativo se haya filtrado fluído vaginal hacia mi pene, o que al momento de masturbarme yo haya tenido una herida en la mano que pudo infectarse del fluído vaginal que quedó en el preservativo.
Tenía esta pequeña herida en mi mano

Existió algún riesgo?
Muchas gracias
Estoy infectado? / Re: Estoy asustado
« Last post by silverfoxegt88 on Yesterday at 10:20:49 pm »
Perdona Andy que moleste de nuevo, me hice una prueba de 4ta generacion a dos semanas del posible riesgo, ya mencionado en el hilo anterior (sexo con prostituta oral y vaginal con condon), solo por paz mental, y salio no reactivo, estoy tomando terapia por mis miedos hacia el vih, espero salir adelante, y te doy infinitas gracias por tu ayuda.
I received my most recent lab results today:
CD4: 82 (7%)
VL < 20
This is after about 14 months on treatment

There's a couple reasons why I'm posting this in a separate thread instead of just updating my story post.

1.) I'm pretty sure I have a case for being one of, if not the slowest riser in the forums as far as cd4 count goes.

2.) How do I feel? Well, I feel fine. Good actually. I'm living a relatively normal life. I have a beer every now and then. I eat a burger and fries then go to the gym to work it off. I still bowl competitively. I bought my first house.
I'm still in school getting my degree. I catch colds and my body fights them like anyone else's. I've been to the doctor for small things like cold medicine, but I haven't been hospitalized since starting treatment.

Now days I mainly lurk these forums for people like me, who have been given the terrible news of having advanced HIV with very low CD4. A lot of them, like me, came here hoping someone in the same situation as them could share their story and reassure it's possible to make it out alive. I'm usually one of the people who leaves a comment like "hey look at me I'm fine you can be too!"

So that's all this thread is:

An attempt of reassurance for future HIV victims,  or even those currently living with HIV, who've been given the terrible news and come here seeking answers. If you come across this thread in your search, just know you'll survive and you'll be okay  ;). Plan to live a long life and live it to the fullest.

Medicine is amazing. Technology today is amazing. Doctors are amazing. HIV is not amazing. It's very simple and stupid, and a manageable condition.

I'm an open book about my story, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Am I Infected? / Fear about open wound
« Last post by Thod on Yesterday at 09:20:15 pm »
For some time now I have been very worried about contracting HIV through unusual means and my fear recently heightened due to the following event :
I recently got a foot surgery, and have a deep wound on my foot, which is usually covered with bandages. A few days ago I came across a sticky substance on the floor of my building and think I got some under my shoes.
I am worried that it could be infected semen and that as I got home, I carried across some of it in my apartment and that it could get inside my wound (which is not bleeding but still pretty deep).

I know it can sound far-stretched, but I have a very hard time reassuring myself, and saw some contradictory information as to how long it takes until HIV in open air is rendered ineffective.
I would greatly appreciate your opinion on this and am looking forward to get a better understanding of how "dangerous" substance in open air can be.

Thank you very much!
Am I Infected? / Sex experience Question
« Last post by Question789 on Yesterday at 09:02:36 pm »
Thank you for the request

To keep this simple:

I had a sex experience with a girl which involved:

1) A small make out session
2) Her giving me a hand job dry
3) Me fingering her for about 5-10 seconds (I did went in deep with 2 fingers)
4) Her giving a handjob with some of her spit and her rubbing it on my top penis as well
5) Myself masturbating with the hand I fingered Her with

What’s my risk assessment here? I tried looking on Jim myth page but didn’t see anything about fingering. I’ve been seeing about risk or no risk with fingering. Any education on it will help. Also about the spit, does it really die once exposed to air?
Thanks for any help on this.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo Oral con mujer
« Last post by azafrac on Yesterday at 07:26:20 pm »
Andy. El corta uñas no era mío.. ese es el punto. Por eso le consulto en el caso que esté hubiese tenido sangre y yo lo ocupé cortando mi padrastro que sangró. Existe riesgo?
Am I Infected? / Re: Brief intercourses, condom slips ...scared
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 07:23:20 pm »
The odds make it very unlikely that you contracted the HIV from the incident you have described.  Really, most likely the condom slipped off when you withdrew.

In regards to PEP, you should discuss your incident with a healthcare provider (who you would need to prescribe a PEP regimen anyway) and determine whether PEP is appropriate under the circumstances of your situation.
Am I Infected? / Brief intercourses, condom slips ...scared
« Last post by volsmile on Yesterday at 07:11:41 pm »
Recently, I made a big mistake and had sex with a prostitute.
She put condom on me, I penetrated her, then just a few thrusts ...maybe 10 seconds in total, I withdrew (didn’t ejaculate) and noticed that the condom wasn’t there. The girl then pulled it out of her vagina.
I am not sure if it came off inside her or during the withdrawal.
I am very very scared.
What do I do ? Should I request PEP, I am still inside 72 hour window.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo Oral con mujer
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 06:52:02 pm »
Esa es algo que es sin riesgo.
Es una norma aqui que los miembres siempre escriben en el mismo hilo.  Por favor siempre escribe aqui.

Otra vez estas preocupando innecesario.  Sin la copula vaginal o anal no hay un riesgo por el VIH.

Tiene que entender no vamos a empezar una otra conversacion large sobre tu dudas y miedos.  Estas sin riesgo. Adelante con tu vida normal.  Si vuelves co n mas del mismo vas a ver tu acceso aqui terminado.  El VIH no es una problema para tu.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Frotamiento miembros y menstruacion
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 06:48:41 pm »
No hay mas que puedo hacer para tu aqui.  Tu sintomas son algo a discutir con tu doctor.

Solamente ouedo repetir que el VIH no es la problema.
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