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Is the updated 2022 Flu Shot available in Ireland yet?

I usually get mine via the clinic (they seem to do the flu shots a bit later like November), however this year might be easier to get in a pharmacy nearer home & do earlier.

Yeah. I'm going with boots this year, same as last year.

Is the updated 2022 Flu Shot available in Ireland yet?

I usually get mine via the clinic (they seem to do the flu shots a bit later like November), however this year might be easier to get in a pharmacy nearer home & do earlier.
have you had pneumonia vax? how often shoud get it over 60 jim?
Nutrition & HIV / Re: ground flaxseeds and arvs?
« Last post by wardp on Yesterday at 06:26:28 am »
thank you dave r
Nutrition & HIV / Re: ground flaxseeds and arvs?
« Last post by daveR on October 02, 2022, 11:54:38 pm »
Drugs.com didn't have ground flaxseed on its list but did have flaxseed oil. According to them there is no contradiction with the meds listed in your signature. Or any other meds I checked against.
Don't see it being an issue.
Nutrition & HIV / ground flaxseeds and arvs?
« Last post by wardp on October 02, 2022, 10:07:14 pm »
ive been taking flaxseeds for 2 months, im now off my blood pressure meds,bp now 115/75, my question is it ok to take around the same time as my arvs?
In Memoriam / Re: Jan Waddell (anniebc)
« Last post by Assurbanipal on October 02, 2022, 04:23:18 pm »
This is sad news to me.  She was a kind and caring influence in the forums. RIP
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Possible ARS 5 days after risky encounter?
« Last post by Jim Allen on October 01, 2022, 02:23:54 pm »

Here's the thing, the vast majority of people will experience no symptoms or nothing noticeable, hence you need to test and if they do notice something, it's mild and not specific. Plenty of things that don't happen or never happen, though, and if it happens it's all at once after 10+ days.

Your symptoms have nothing to do with HIV from the concerned encounter. Now, your left arm and right testicle could fall off, it's not to change the answer regarding HIV, and we're not going to discuss your symptoms here any further.

Treat whatever is making you sick instead of stressing about it, and regarding your HIV status test at six weeks post-exposure with lab blood draw HIV antibody test, as mentioned in my first reply to you.  No need for PCR testing; it's simply not needed, and it isn't a shortcut.

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Possible ARS 5 days after risky encounter?
« Last post by Kalle on October 01, 2022, 02:11:12 pm »
Thanks a lot for your reply. I’ve read a lot of your answers and you’re doing a great job helping people here.

How soon do you think it’s  possible to experience ARS symptoms after exposure? The “heavy” symptoms I got appeared after 7 days. I know, I know… the only way to know for sure is to get tested. But I’ve never felt sick like this before, and it seems like it might fit in the seroconversion window. I don’t think I’m unreasonable paranoid because these encounters that I had unprotected sex with are not unlikely at all to be positive.

In a few days when it has been 12 days from the encounters, I will get a HIV PCR test. From my understanding they’re slightly less accurate, but it would provide me with some peace of mind. What’s your take on that?
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Oral Risk: odd historical situation
« Last post by Jim Allen on October 01, 2022, 01:46:51 pm »

What you posted isn't an HIV risk, and your left leg and right arm could fall off it's not going to change that you didn't acquire HIV from the activities mentioned here.

If you are still feeling unwell then I hope you feel better soon and keep working with your healthcare provider.

I had an HIV test as part of screening back in December not really looking for HIV in that case just routine— and I haven’t had any sexual encounters until 2 weeks ago.

This means for sure you were not living with HIV back in Sept 2021. Make sure to screen at least yearly for HIV & STIs, so again this Dec.

Also, talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of being vaccinated against Hepatitis b & HPV.
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