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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Diagnosed recently
« Last post by PittGurl on Today at 09:02:34 PM »
LOL Good job Alex!  hahah Well you did better than I did...took me a few days. I hope my posts help...i go thru alot of ups and downs...still do...but medication wise...Triumeq has been great!  WAY TO GO! :)
Estoy infectado? / Besos con Vih+ muero de angustia😞
« Last post by Duley on Today at 08:54:36 PM »
Hace un mes tuve besos profundos con un chico que no sabía que era vih+ hasta días después que me entere. Estoy aterrado me hizo un chupeton  en el cuello y me dejo la marca en tono morado no sangre solo fue el chupeton . Pero mi angustia es porque yo tengo frenillos y tenía heridas en los cachetes internas y cerca del labio por lo mismo de mis braquets tengo mucho miedo no sé si el chico tenía heridas pero desde ese día no tengo La Paz , tengo dolor de hombros y brazos y mareos . Dígame si tengo algún riesgo de haberme contagiado aún si ambos hubiéramos tenido heridas me la boca . Me siento fatal tengo miedo hacerme la prueba . Oriénteme porfavor la información en internet me confunde demasiado . Corro riesgos ? Dígame con sinceridad . No tuve sexo solo fueron los besos profundos y el chupeton que el me hizo en el cuello.
Research News & Studies / Re: New drug may block hiv longer
« Last post by gorka on Today at 08:48:56 PM »
I dont follow this one.  It appears when you stop taking it the viral load goes back up eventually.  How is this functional cure?
Living With HIV / Most recent labs
« Last post by kev on Today at 08:26:45 PM »
Hello everyone, hope you all are  doing well
Had labs on on 9-27, here are my results:
% CD4 (HELPER CELLS)     35
I got my results from a different lab report than the one my doctor gives me and on my Docs report always says I have been undetectable and this is what this report says??:
This patient had an HIV-1 RNA viral load below the lower 
Limit of Quantitation for this assay (20 copies/mL), but 
above the lower Limit of Detection for the test. Because   
of the low viral load, we were unable to determine the 
actual level of the virus in this patient's sample. 
Repeat testing may be warranted, when clinically 



Am I Infected? / Re: Broken condom - receptive anal
« Last post by danny401 on Today at 06:50:01 PM »
Good afternoon,

I had a possible exposure yesterday with a Transsexual CSW where I was the bottom. After performing deep throat on her, I asked that she top me with a condom. After topping me for about 5 minutes or perhaps less, I came and she pulled out, removed the condom and came on my genitals. After we cleaned up I checked the condom and noticed it had a horizontal tear near the tip of the condom, I panicked and asked her about her status to which she replied that she tests regularly and that she recently had plastic surgery and told me not to worry. I am very worried about the condom breaking given that I never engage in unprotected penetrative sex and this is one of the rare occasions that I've had a condom break on me. After she put the condom on she was masturbating to get an erection in order to penetrate me while she fingered me with her other hand after I applied some water based live to my anus. I am very concerned about this incident and am considering PEP but I would like your thoughts. Although there was no ejaculation inside me, I am concerned about precum as I do not know her HIV status and am therefore assuming that she's positive. I will get tested in six weeks and again at 12 weeks but I need some guidance while I wait. Is PEP warranted in such a scenario?
Living With HIV / Re: I really want to give up. I can't win
« Last post by zach on Today at 06:22:57 PM »
Venting is encouraged here tippy, we all love you.

I say this from that love. I think you need mental health care, and there is no shame in that.

I've had depression since high school, more than half my life now diagnosed bipolar. With therapy I learned skills/tools that help me cope. For awhile I was medicated, and short term meds are great to stabilize an episode.

You seem to go through depressive cycles, and thats an indication of an underlying issue.

I hope you're able to reach out for help with it, that first step is the hard one.

For what it's worth, I've always got a big virtual hug for you. We're all in this together, we all face similar challenges.
OK.  Adelante con tu vida normal.
Estoy infectado? / Re: oral mutuo con travestí
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 05:51:15 PM »
De nada.  Tu resultado negativo no es una sorpresa par mi porque tu no tenia un riesgo.

Adelante con tu vida normal.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Advice please
« Last post by CaveyUK on Today at 05:22:46 PM »
I had some problems when starting my regime which contains Truvada.

Personally, I found the intensity of the issue wears off over time, so it may just be a case of bearing with it. Probiotics sounds like a good idea, and there is a product you can buy off-the-shelf in supermarkets, which is called something like 'Wind-Eze' that may be useful, although frankly by the time I to-ed and fro-ed about taking it, the gas situation wasn't as bad.
I think everyone has a responsibility to look after their own health and wellbeing, and should own choices they make - even the very human choices which can lead to infection.

There are extreme edge-cases where devious, criminal methods are used to put people at risk, but these are very very rare I suspect - and probably quite obvious in retrospect.

I don't set out to jail the guy who served me McDonalds or sold me that packet of cigarettes  because I am the size of a beached whale and walk around panting like a St Bernard. I know the risks, and if I suffer because of those choices then I don't have anyone else to blame.

Criminalisation of HIV theoretical transmission (especially when no transmission occurs) is fraught with problems, re-enforces stigma and ultimately leads to higher infection rates.

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