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Living With HIV / Re: "HOPE DIES LAST"
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 01:15:37 am »





          ojo.           Hi all!!…today I found out I have osteoporosis, one more battle that fight the n these 28 years of war against hiv/aids, and my I’m going to fight it…treatment, one injection under the skin every night for 24 months, yes!, two years, and I will take calcium citrate and vitamin D, hopefully I will reverse this condition before I break a hip or some other bone…it’s a pain in the butt living with hiv/aids, isn’t it?, but, it is what it is and I will continue to fight whatever comes my way…when there’s life, there’s hope!!…hugs and be strong
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: LA ESPERANZA MUERE AL ULTIMO
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 01:00:02 am »





          ojo.           Hola nuevamente!!


Les cuento, hoy veo al especialista de los huesos, me dijo que tengo osteoporosis, una batalla más que combatir viviendas con vih/sida, no queda de otra…el tratamo a seguir es una inyección diaria, subcutánea, todas las noches por 24 meses, si, dos años, me tomare un vaso con agua y saldrá por tanto hititas en mi panza, jejeje…esto es causado por tantos años tomando antiretrovirales y vivir con una enfermedad crónica.  Pues a agarrar el toro por los cuernos y seguir luchándo, no hay de otra….ya les platicaré cuando inicie tratamiento…abrazos
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV-2
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 09:58:29 pm »
Hiya,

Whatever is making you sick has nothing to do with HIV from this encounter, and the HIV antibody test results are considered conclusive.

You would produce antibodies to HIV regardless of how low or high the viral load would be at the set point post initial infection or during the asymptomatic stage that follows.

1) See above
2) See above
3) See above

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
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

Jim

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Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV-2
« Last post by Joe5055 on Yesterday at 08:07:10 pm »
(Brief) Unprotected vaginal sex with a second worker
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Hi Tonny2- unfortunately I didn't get any pancreatitis type events.  I developed chronic floating stools / unusual movements in 2020 ish....but...when you read about HIV and HIV drugs diarrhea / unusual stools is a common reported side effect and I didn't put too much thought into it.  Just thought I had a gut infection and or parasite infection and that it would clear.  That never happened and in the spring of this year - 2022- I decided to get to the bottom of it. 

I'll continue to pursue this and hopefully I can manage this without it turning into a disabling condition.  Thanks for the message and stay well :)
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: To PEP or not to PEP??
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 05:15:23 am »
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Should I PEP or not??

Taking PEP is up to you, but I don't see any exposure that warrants that from what you posted here.

Although, PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) might be more useful for the future as it would give you peace of mind next to an additional layer of HIV protection.
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: To PEP or not to PEP??
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 05:11:13 am »
Hiya,

Rimming isn't an HIV risk, as for giving a blowjob, the mouth generally lacks a route for HIV to infect, and saliva also neutralises HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells.

Giving a blowjob is such a minute HIV risk that it doesn't even warrant specific testing outside of the standard yearly screening.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
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

Jim

Please Note.
As a member of the "Do I have HIV" Forum, you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post, and it will take you here. It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread, and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will removed.
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Do I Have HIV? / To PEP or not to PEP??
« Last post by epitelarxis on Yesterday at 04:37:32 am »
Hello everyone, I am a male who belongs to a high-risk population group (MSM).
Last night I met with a man who licked my anus a little and I performed oral sex on his penis for a while. There was a little precum involved but no ejaculation. There was no penetration of any kind. I asked him today and he says he uses condoms for penetration, and he's not aware of any STIs, but I don't think he has tested for HIV...
This morning I started worrying about last night's incident after reading some older forum members claiming they got HIV from incidents like mine...

Should I PEP or not??

Thank you for your time
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV-2
« Last post by Jim Allen on August 11, 2022, 11:02:48 pm »
What was the exposure?
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Do I Have HIV? / HIV-2
« Last post by Joe5055 on August 11, 2022, 08:29:20 pm »
Hi everyone.

So my exposure was 100 days ago.

Tests -

HIV-1 PCR - 18 days
4th gen - 32, 60, 68, 82, 90
HIV-2 PCR  (can detect around 100 copies per ML) 98 days

All negative

I’m only worried about HIV-2 and sub variants of it and HIV-1 now.

The main worry is I know HIV-2 viral load is waaaay lower than HIV-1 in the chronic phase (which I may be in given that it’s been 7 weeks since my symptoms started), so it might of been missed by the viral load test. In which case all I’ve had is antibody tests for HIV-2. I want to move on though and I really thought i would with this test. And if I can’t move on with this I don’t know what option there is but test every month for ages. With that in mind, these questions are to help me move on -

1) if my ARS symptoms at 7 weeks post exposure were indeed ARS caused by ANY type of HIV (especially HIV-2) surely my tests would’ve been positive?
2) Surely it’s not possible to have a negative antibody test AND viral load test so close together, and so long after exposure, and HIV-2 NOT be detected? I.e if viral load is below 100 per ml then that is as a result of antibodies taming the virus, so antibodies would be detectable. Is this true even though my last antibody test was 8 days before the PCR?
3) Again, another Avenue of potential reassurance. If I was in the chronic stage (the reason for an undetectable viral load) then surely the Ag part of the 4th gen would be positive as it is cross reactive with HIV-2 after acute stage?

I’m aware the answer is likely ‘3 months is conclusive for HIV-2’. Sure. These questions are just extra reassurances that can help me move on. The 3 month thing alone won’t do that for me.

Thanks 😊
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