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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 »
Hello,
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?
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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.
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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, 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.

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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

Jim

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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?

Thanks
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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.
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Living With HIV / Re: Multiple Side-effects
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 06:07:33 am »
Hiya,

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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Living With HIV / Re: Multiple Side-effects
« Last post by Quint1976 on September 25, 2022, 05:15:00 am »
Hi everybody,

Just a little update on how things have gone by the last month or so.

So after everything we talked about in this topic i started talking to a biochemist from one of our national bloodbank- and research labs and asked him about the possibility of testing resistance.
He told me that there would be no problem to test resistance for meds as long as i had a viral load of at least 500 copies per unit blood.
Now he did explain to me that it could happen that mutations (read resistance) could not show up during testing and therefore the results could be a little questionable.
His opinion was that my doctor wanted to say that but it came out all wrong.
Also he said that testing can be done while on meds but that that usually was done when there is a suspected rising resistance to the meds used at that moment when testing revealed spikes in viral load when normally you would expect an undetectable load.

All in all he was confident that if i requested such a test the results would be reliable enough to make a conclusion.

So i have been experiencing various problems recently concerning my health.
I've been very dizzy, having headaches, getting muscle spasms in my feet and lower legs , having sweat attacks, having my heart racing for no reason, having hot flashes and more complaints so i went to my personal physician.
He said that it could be a number of things or just due to me being stressed/depressed.
He asked me to talk to my specialist in the hospital for a new check-up of my HIV and so i called and i got an appointment for two days later.
Now yesterday i got an email saying there were new test results in from the bloodwork we had done.
My CD4 count dropped from 470 early August to 410 now and my viral load went from 50.800 early August to 96.000 now.....while not a major drop for my CD4 i am reaching the minimum required bottom line of 400.
I was going to return by the end of November for a check-up but i expect that when i do my CD4 count would be well below 400 and my viral load well above 150.000  :o
So conclusion while it may not explain my complaints i am however very worried about how this is evolving.
My specialist is going to call me tomorrow to discuss these results so we shall see what she is going to say about all this.

Keep you guys posted and thanks for listening and responding to my messages  :)
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Reactive Insti Test - very worried
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 03:55:11 am »
I've removed part of your post that I've already answered as I will not repeat myself and merged the posts.

Posting more than three questions or responses requires a paid subscription. Hence you could not post here without one, but that doesn't mean you get to post in sub-forums for people living with HIV to bypass the subscription requirements.

Don't post outside of this thread again. Next time, it will lead to a ban; thank you!

Hey,

Im really concerned because me and my fiance are trying to get pregnant but i dont want to have unprotected sex with her yet. 

What is your opinion?

Thank you very much




I wish you both the best.

I'll mention the same thing I do whenever anyone mentions being in a relationship. If you engage in condomless sex with your partner, you are obviously at risk of acquiring HIV.

In relationships, condomless sex is often based on trust or past test results; however, this does not prevent HIV, so if condomless sex does occur, you should consider testing more frequently.


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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Period Sex
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 25, 2022, 03:21:09 am »
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Concern - Main worry is the Indonesian sex worker. She had braces and gave oral without a condom 2 weeks ago

Receiving a blowjob lacks the conditions required for acquiring HIV; thus, it makes sense that after 40+ years of this pandemic in terms of BJs, there hasn't been a single documented case of HIV transmission to an insertive partner (the person being "sucked"), and you will not be the worlds first.

As for intercourse, HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. Unless a condom obviously fails during intercourse, there is no reason to be stressing or testing for HIV outside of the standard yearly routine. Microtears mainly belong to paranoid thoughts, and it isn't an HIV issue, don't bring it up again here.

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runny nose, aches and pains and sweating at night.

Not HIV specific and has nothing to do with HIV from getting a blowjob. Sorry to hear you are feeling unwell. See your healthcare provider for treatment, and I hope you start to feel better soon.

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

Jim

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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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