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Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Worse OI or illnesses you dealt with?
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 05:48:38 pm »



         ojo.      Hello everyone, well, LTS!!


Talking to my mother, while having lunch, I felt a stabbing pain in my left foot, usually, related to my neuropathy only this time, the pain was were I used to have a wound caused by vasculitis, oh man, a very painful condition. My mother told me that she remembers how difficult was that period of time, and we started to remember all the awful conditions I had and we tried to decide which one was the worse, and I was wondering what condition or OÍ, made you feel like wanting to give up fighting hiv/aids…I dealt with three different episodes of PCP, MAC, mollyscous, DILS, lhemolutic anemia (got a heart attack due to the lack of enough blood in my body), CMV RETINITIS (left me legally blind), vasculitis, very painful, three different episodes of pancreatitis due to kale tea, no food or drinks for 15 days, just I’ve hydrations…well, to me, it’s difficult to decide which one of all these conditions, but I think it was CMV RETINITIS… what say you?
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Risk behaviour?
« Last post by jack988 on Yesterday at 05:20:43 pm »
Thank you Jim  :)
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Please Clarify
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 03:29:35 pm »
Hiya,

Read your post three times.

Firstly even if you did shake someone's hand, it would not be an HIV risk.

Regarding the gym and the issue with your hand, it's not an HIV risk either. HIV is fragile, and day to day, cuts, minor wounds, scrapes, bumps, cracks, ect, lack a direct route to the bloodstream and all the essential conditions needed to acquire HIV.

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my wife

I'll mention the same thing I do whenever anyone mentions being in a relationship. If you engage in condomless intercourse with your partner, you are obviously at risk of acquiring HIV. Often within relationships, condomless sex is based on trust or past test results; however, this does not prevent HIV, and any condomless intercourse is accepting the greater risk of acquiring HIV.

Test more frequently for HIV & STI's if you do engage in any condomless intercourse.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, every time, with no exceptions. Continue taking PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as 'safe' in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for other STI's, so test regularly and at least yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV. Test more frequently should 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?" The 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 be deleted.
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Do I Have HIV? / Please Clarify
« Last post by mspocdev on Yesterday at 02:58:15 pm »
Greetings Everyone

Please help me clarify about a situation that I had encountered. Given the covid situation I was doing exercises with lifting dumbbells & barbells. Because of this my palm had callus/rough skin. I decided to join a gym and few days back did my first session. At the gym I was lifting the weights bare hand. I normally don’t use the half finger dumbbell glove. The next day I was doing some work at home and at one of the callus spot that I had on my left palm I got a small opening cut. I think I got it due to dry skin because of the cold weather. It was very tiny. I would say 0.6 centimeters in length. It was red. No blood. It was similar to the cuts on finger cuticles with blood dried. This happened around noon and I went to gym late in the evening and I did my regular lifting. I was wearing the half finger dumbbell glove this time. I dint put a plaster/bandaid at the cut that I had on the palm.

The question I have is at gym most of the people don’t wear any glove and they lift weights with their bare palm. SO if anyone a similar situation or had a cut with blood and if the blood got over any of the gym equipment. Is this situation of touching weights with blood stains have any risk with respect to HIV transmission. I never shook hands with anyone in the gym and visibly did not notice blood on any of the equipment that I used. The only thing that was shared was the gym equipment using bare hands.  When I came back home my wife scared me by saying of why I didnot put a plaster/bandaid for the cut and it is risky to get infected.
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Risk behaviour?
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 11:53:44 am »
The short answer is HIV is fragile and sexually only acquired inside the confines of the human body as in never being exposed outside of the body. Your concern also lacks a number of other conditions needed.

So if this was your only sexual contact/activity there is no HIV risk. There are other STI's that could be a risk but that's another story and you don't need to run out and test for them either, just test yearly out of standard routine.
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Risk behaviour?
« Last post by jack988 on Yesterday at 11:43:48 am »
Thank you Jim for your reply.
I feel better after your reply, however, my doubt about HIV is that, in my situation, the sperm comes in direct(?) contact with my glans (and maybe urethra) which is a membrane..so my question is: why is not risky for HIV?
Thank you :)
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: I am in such a dark place
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 07:30:46 am »
They have nothing to do with HIV from this recent encounter, regardless of your HIV status.

Anyhow, see your local doctor (Huisarts) to treat whatever is causing you to feel unwell and I hope you feel better soon.

To prepare, no live your life as normal is what I would normally say but in your case focus on working with your therapist regarding the alcohol issues and good luck.
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: I am in such a dark place
« Last post by Trying2bbetter on Yesterday at 07:21:30 am »
Thank you for your words. I am just so sure because it seems like I have every symptom stated, chills, fever, sweating, insomnia...

Is there anything I can do to prepare myself for a positive result?
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Yeah, Covid infections will happen to people. Hope they are feeling okay and at least the vaccine reduced their hospilization risk.

The waiting is to be expected if you were a close contact.

I'll move these posts to the vaccine thread when I get home.
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Risk behaviour?
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 07:00:30 am »
Hiya,

What you posted here wasn't an HIV risk to you.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, every time, with no exceptions. Continue taking PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as 'safe' in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for other STI's, so test regularly and at least yearly for STI's including but not limited to HIV. Test more frequently should 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?" The 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 be deleted.
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