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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Protected anal sex with coconut oil used as lube
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 02:11:39 pm »
You're welcome.
How Can I Prevent HIV? / Re: How long does it take for PrEP to be effective?
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 02:11:09 pm »
Remember to consider condoms for any intercourse and test more regularly as a PrEP user for STIs & HIV.
How Can I Prevent HIV? / Re: How long does it take for PrEP to be effective?
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 02:07:29 pm »

There isn't enough data with (daily) PrEP to say when the drug levels reach their max levels to protect the insertive partner.

However, we know that PrEP levels build up in the colorectal tissue (anus) first, followed by tissues in the rest of the body. For receptive anal sex, daily PrEP pills reach maximum protection at about seven days of daily use and 21 days for receptive vaginal sex.

So to answer your question, the estimate would be somewhere between seven and closer to 21 days.

How Can I Prevent HIV? / How long does it take for PrEP to be effective?
« Last post by idontknow69 on September 25, 2022, 01:11:41 pm »
I received the prescription for PrEP and started it 3 days ago,I am a straight guy,after how long do I reach full protection by taking it every day at the same time for insertive vaginal sex?
My doctor told me that after two days I can have sex already,is that correct?
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Protected anal sex with coconut oil used as lube
« Last post by 110paranoia on September 25, 2022, 08:34:18 am »
Thanks Jim, really appreciate your quick reply! I will move on and stop stressing.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Protected anal sex with coconut oil used as lube
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 08:15:09 am »
HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. Unless a condom obviously fails during intercourse, and it would be obvious even in the dark, there is no reason to be stressing or testing for HIV outside of the standard yearly routine.

Micro tears is mostly just an issue for the paranoid and isn't an HIV concern, please don't mention this again here.

coconut oil

This increases the odds that the condom could break during intercourse, as it didn't, I see no reason to stress but next time only use a condom-safe lubricate like KY jelly

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards


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Do I Have HIV? / Protected anal sex with coconut oil used as lube
« Last post by 110paranoia on September 25, 2022, 07:55:01 am »
I recently had anal sex with a transexual. I used a Durex extra safe condom but she didn't have any water-based lube so used coconut oil. I kept pulling out to check the condom as I was really paranoid but couldn't see any breakage.

I did see that there was a lot of blood on the condom but don't think there were any tears, however it was in the dark so couldn't inspect it thoroughly. I have started reading up about micro tears in the condom and my anxiety levels are going pretty crazy right now. Is breakage something you would know about (even in the dark)?

Does this sound like any risk? The act took place within 72 hours so was wondering if PEP would be recommended or am I overreacting?

Living With HIV / Re: Multiple Side-effects
« Last post by Quint1976 on September 25, 2022, 07:37:14 am »
Hey Jim,

Thanks for your message.

The depression thing is something that is a part of me aka chronic so i will never get rid of that problem but it could be a bit more manageable.
I am working on that together with my psychologist and hope to get some kind of improvement on that but cured i will never be.

I am not even bothered with that resistance thing anymore.....i am choosing to ignore that and when the specialist calls me tomorrow i will talk to her about choosing other regimens instead of the basic Truvada component i have had in basically every treatment i tried.
I already mentioned Dovato last Tuesday and she was open for that so we'll see what happens.
Also i just saw another result come in (number 27 hahaha) for iron and i am below the minimal level required so maybe that is a factor.

We'll see and i will post more when i talked to my specialist in the coming week.
Living With HIV / Re: Multiple Side-effects
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 06:07:33 am »

Sorry to hear that you have been feeling unwell and about the depression; not sure if you are getting support with the depression, but I wish you all the best in managing this condition and hope you feel better soon.

Also, hope you can revisit the doctor and, this time, treat whatever else makes you feel unwell.

Regarding HIV and HIV treatment, look CD4s are not a measurement of health, and we know HIV uncontrolled does damage even with good CD4 levels so the sooner you can get things sorted, the better.

I'm really surprised about the resistance testing answers you are getting, feels like travelling back in time or talking to someone getting treatment in a 3rd world nation.

If you ask me, the same can be said regarding the treatment history; instead of trying something different, you essentially are given and keep taking the same drugs or components at least and somehow are expecting a different outcome   :o It's very odd.

Anyhow, hopefully, your next appointment goes well, and you can start treatment soon, something different and better suited to you.  :)

Take it easy.
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