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Living With HIV / radiation worker periodic examination
« Last post by ScaredNinja on Today at 05:01:46 AM »
Okay i dont think im going to get an answer on here and probably no one will know. I work with radiation amd every 2 years i get checked. This is the first time im going in HIV+. I dont know what they look for but mainly cancer i think. They look at blood, lungs, colon etc etc. I emailed them and asked what theu test for and they said they do a CBC and you can always get the results after and all that but what im concerned with is, is HIV a problem with being a radiation worker? Will this affect my job? If they dont test for it do i have to tell my company on the form they hand me? I think it list diseases i got to check that i know i have or something. I just dont want my comoany getting gold of this info and at the sametime screwing my job.
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plus if that person has a different strain of HIV than yours, you can have a super infection.
when a person is on successful treatment, their meds work as both PEP and PrEP stopping any further infections. There have only been about a dozen cases of "super infection" and all those patients were not on successful treatment but had high viral loads and low cd4s. Super infection is rare and something a person on treatment needs to never worry about

I know they say it's much harder to transmit the virus if you are undetectable and on treatment,
actually is not just "much harder" but it simply doesn't happen. Undetectable = Untransmittable
https://www.preventionaccess.org/faq

Of course, you are completely correct about the necessity of safer sex practices to prevent other STIs like syphilis, Hep C, gonorrhea and chlamydia - all of which are huge epidemics in themselves.
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Am I Infected? / SE Asia - Sex Worker - Condom Broke
« Last post by faskerov on Today at 03:51:33 AM »
Hi all,

First I'd like to thank all of the administrators and members here who help out everyday.

I've read through many threads and know you guys don't care to discuss symptoms at length as they're not reliable indicator of HIV. I'll try to keep this brief.

I'm a male in my mid twenties. My health history is very good overall. I recently relocated from the U.S. to Cambodia.

July 3rd - Protected sex with female sex worker. I noticed during the middle of intercourse the condom had broke. I was drunk, but don't believe intercourse lasted for very long before I put on a new condom. I later found out the condom that broke was expired.

July 19th - I was planning on getting tested and didn't have much worry up until this date. During the middle of my work day, I started to feel very strange. Mental fogginess and difficulty focusing. I was completely useless for a few days afterwards.  Felt like a human vegetable.

July 22nd - Blood tests for: Hep A, B, C, HSV-1/2 and HIV (RNA Viral Load + Antibody). Hep blood tests came back negative. Awaiting results of HSV and HIV tests to be received on July 31st.

July 23rd - Started to get a lot of my mental clarity back.

July 24th - Took a step backwards. Still mentally foggy/cloudy - but better than original onset of symptoms. I can focus on things - but feel slow. Sort of feels like an out-of-body dream-like state all the time.

I do have minor jolts of headache pains that quickly go away as well. Similar minor aches across my body -- usually in my toes/fingertips. Also what seems like poor blood circulation to my feet.

Again I know symptoms aren't reliable, but thought I'd describe what I've been through. I hope these are just symptoms of separation anxiety from my family and life back in the states - though I can't help but worry these symptoms came on about 2.5 weeks after my potential exposure.

How reliable are Quantitative RNA Viral Load tests? Are false-positives common? Regardless, I plan to get anti-body tests again at the 2 and 3 month marks.

I've read published studies that estimated between 15-25% prevalence of HIV among sex workers in Cambodia. I know my risk is relatively low for a single exposure. Trying to stay busy in the meantime and hope for the best.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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OP

You are 21 and thankfully in 2017 the treatment is at a stage where you as a young person should expect to live a normal life. Its early days and your only a month in, it takes a while to get your thoughts around this, and to fully digest the diagnosis.

On aside note have you thought about or been offered any HIV counseling? Also have you considered looking and joining any local support groups, it can really help meeting people face to face.

As for dating, well with any dating or sex situation there are people who are going to say no thank you. That is always a possibility with or without HIV and its something you too will experience, however rejection is simply part of dating and happens for all sorts of reasons.

Living with HIV just adds an additional aspect to dating, just like living with any illness or long term condition does, HIV is not unique in that sense. It has not stopped me from dating and I've dated both HIV negative and Positive people and I have been very happy and loved during stages of my life and so will you be.

Jim
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Am I Infected? / Re: Am I infected. Im worried
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 02:36:32 AM »
Look if you are sick see a doctor to treat whatever is making you unwell.

As for the anxiety, if what you posted here was true and the only contacts you had since you last HIV test than you have nothing to worry about, having fear over this is simply irrational. Consider speaking to someone face to face to help you move past this.

Jim

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When I first tested positive in 1995, I made the decision to never date anyone who was not already HIV+. Even though my viral load has been undetectable for about 18 years, I have stuck to this decision. You still have to go by the safe sex guidelines because the person could have another STD, plus if that person has a different strain of HIV than yours, you can have a super infection. I know they say it's much harder to transmit the virus if you are undetectable and on treatment, but I am from the generation when this was a fatal disease. I have always been a naturally paranoid person, and I am just too afraid to be with someone who is HIV negative. Times were very different and scary in 1995, and those things we were told back then have never left my mind. I also am aware that it is harder for a man to contact it from a woman, but I am still so paranoid about it.

I had the fears and concerns you feel when I was first diagnosed, only the outlook was very bleak in 1995. I got started on aggressive treatment immediately and just focused on the inner peace I felt concerning the progress I had made in drug rehab. I was finished with detox. I felt so much peace and relief that my body no longer craves heroin. I didn't have to worry about how, when, and where I would get my next hit. I focused on that which made me very happy. I found a part-time job and eventually worked up to full time. I was initially told I had only 2-5 years to live. Then my infectious disease doctor said it would be 5-7 years which helped tremendously with my anxiety about dying, etc. I told myself if I can just have five good years, I can accept this. I was terrified, so I saved up as much money as I could to ease the future burden on my parents who I thought would be taking care of me. Then in 2000 my viral load became undetectable. How things have changed. I'm not only still alive, but drug-free and have never been sick or fatigued. If you had told me 23 years ago that things would be this good, I wouldn't have believed you. I responded very well to HAART. I don't allow myself to get complacent. This disease can still kill people. But, if we stay on treatment, our prognosis is a long life, and most of us are still able to work, etc. My t cells (CD4 count) was around 1,300 and viral load undetectable when I had my labs done three months ago.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Am I infected. Im worried
« Last post by supernakal on Today at 12:06:27 AM »
Im so worried, no appetite, high anxiety, cannot slept because of this. please help
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The one who loves you will be the one who loves you:  that is all you need to know.  You will know it when it happens.

Work on your self stigma, practice safer sex, and good things will follow.

Your life is not over, but just beginning, just not the way you expected that it would begin.  So what?  You are young and all things are possible, as long as you stay adherent to your antiretroviral regimen.

You will be fine and will love and be loved.

Best wishes to you on your journey to self acceptance, good health, and long life.
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: Pude haber sido yo...
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 09:27:58 PM »


           ojo          @FrAcaCDMX...Lamento mucho la muerte de tu amigo, si, pudiste haver sido tu, pero, afortunadamenye, tomaste la desicion correcta al iniciar tratamiento...Todos creemos que el vih ya no es una pena de muerte, si lo es para aquellos como tu amigo y otros, que saben que estan teniendo sexo sin proteccion y no hacerse examenes de sangre al menos una vez al ano, esto, les salvaria la vida y sobre todo, les evitaria muchos problemas, antes de morir, obviamente, porque morir por causas de el vih, es una muerte lente y muy dura, yo casi muero tres veces por cause de infecciones oportunistas...Por que no me hice la prueba yo, como sugiero aqui?. Yo nunca pense que podia adquirir el virus, pero la adquiri, y no por la via "sabrosa" (sexo sin proteccion o inyectandome drogas), lo adquiri despues de una transfusion de sangre que tuve en Mexico en 1987, despues de casi perder la vida en un accidente de trafico en la carretera, como todos los mexicanos sabemos, en Mexico no tenemos la cultura de donar sangre, asi que la sangre que hat es limitada. Esto no quiere decir que el hospital donde recibi la sangre estaba infectada, esto lo supimos despues, creo que una o dos semanas despues, por medio de las noticias. Se informo de la sangre infectada y se nos recomendo a los que recibimos sangre en ese hospital, ir a ser revisados por nuestros medicos, yo cuando escuche eso, me espante, pero despues me dije a mi mismo, que a mi no me pudo haber pasado  ya que nunca me senti mal (recuerden que el vih era algo nuevo en esos tiempos). Asi que paso el tiempo y se me olvido, segun mi medico, eso me sucedio, el haberlo olvidado, por el golpe que recibi en la cabeza en mi accidente, mi mente en esos tiempos no andaba bien...He tenido solo cuatro parejas, tres en Mexico y una aca en los USA, todos ellos son negativos ya que siempre he usado "gorrito" (ahora, les recomiendo a todos, hasta aquellos que "creen" tener una relacion monogama, ya que nunca se sabe)...Bueno, solo queriaa responder el porque yo tuve sida y no me habia checado, como lo recomiendo ahora...Tambien entiendo que rodavia existe el miedo de enterarse de ser vih positivo y por eso no se hacen la prueba, en mis tiempos era entendible no hacerselas porque era una sentencia de muerte, ahora, son otros tiempos, una sola pastilla al dia te salva la vida y vives una vida completa. El unico cambio, bueno, dos cambios que tienen que hacer, es, tener disciplina en tomarse el medicamento y una buena actitua hacia la vida, dejar de ser la victima y preguntarse, "por que a mi", claro que   todos lo sabemos porque a nosotros, hay que darle vuelta a la hoja y, agradecerle a la vida o a dios, aquellos que creen en dios, de que tenemos una segunda oportunidad de vida, y pensar en la gente que no tiene la oprtunidad de obtener tratamiento, pensar en aquellos que viajan largas horas para encontrar el centro de salud mas cercano para ser atendidos, pensar en nosotros los Long Time Survivors, que padecimos y seguimos padeciento los efectos secundarios de los primeros medicamentos para tratar el virus, ya que eran muy toxicos (era eso o la muerte), y tambien, debemos de pensar,, antes de quejarnos, en los millones de gente que no tuvo la oportunidad de vivir. Asi que, les invito que cuando tomen su medicamento, veanlo como un elixir de vida, como vitaminas, y piensen en ser mejores seres humanos por la segunda oportunidad que nos da la vida, para enderezar  nuestras vidas...solo un pensamiento

Amigo Franciscdmex, lamento, oyta vez, la perdida de tu amigo, adortunadamente, te tendremos a ti por un buen rato ya que tomaste la mejor desicion en muchos anos, empezar el tratamiento...abrazos desde la zona de los grandes lagos en los USA    ojo
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