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Living With HIV / Possible to work temporarily in UAE?
« Last post by gcr.mty.mx on Today at 05:29:35 pm »
Hi all!

Can anyone help providing information on wether it’s possible to enter and work temporarily in Dubai being hiv+?

I’ve read there are restrictions, and that an hiv test is standard for requesting residency. Positive individuals are deported. How up to date is this?

I am on treatment and undetectable for years.

Is it possible to access treatment there? Is it possible to bring your own meds?

Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by bmancanfly on Today at 04:57:33 pm »
Do I Have HIV? / Re: I'm Worried about a sex I had
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 02:52:00 pm »

Fingering and rimming was no HIV risk.

As for giving a blowjob, the mouth generally lacks a route for HIV to infect, even if you had gaping holes in your mouth like meth mouth saliva also acts to neutralize HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells. It's such a minute risk that we don't even recommend specifically testing over it.

Now as for intercourse, HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse, it's obvious. There is no reason to stress or test outside of the standard yearly routine as long as this obvious issue did not happen.

So relax, move on with your life.

Im in a relationship with a girl so want to be sure everything will be ok.

Use condoms and test at least yearly. If you do engage in condomless sex with your partner, then you are obviously at risk. 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.

So if you do choose to engage in condomless intercourse, consider testing more frequently for HIV and far easier to acquire STI's. As a sexually active adult, it's would be recommended to test at least out of routine at least yearly for HIV & STI's.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP in the future as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as 'safe' in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV.  Test more frequently if unprotected 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? / I'm Worried about a sex I had
« Last post by anony6461 on Today at 02:42:30 pm »
Hello everyone and thank you for your time and welcoming me on this forum.

I am someone who is worried about HIV transmission. In my case I decided to visit a commercial sex worker when I was very drunk about 3 days ago. This person is a prepoerative transexual sex worker and she tried to convince me to have anal sex without a condom but I used a condom for the short time it lasted.

The only other sex we had was I gave oral sex, rimming and anal fingering. There was no ejaculation for the oral, but maybe i came into contact with precum in my mouth.

The reason I am worried is that this person wanted to do sex without condom! This is crazy! It was not my condom we used but I think I remember everything being OK, it stayed on and it was very brief anyway.

Do you think I need a test for this. I am going to test for bacterial infections but what about HIV? Im in a relationship with a girl so want to be sure everything will be ok.

Thanks you for supporting me.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by bocker3 on Today at 06:56:59 am »
OMG - Does this old thread bring back memories of a different time on these boards..... 

This is the answer I really wanted to hear rather general basic everyday answers. For me this explanation is a kind of all in one answer.. thanks a lot…  :) :) appreciate…
Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 06:40:08 pm »
This is a public service announcement

Ramps are in season now. Get em while they're fresh.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / TAF (Biktarvy) and weight gain?
« Last post by Planetary86 on Yesterday at 04:03:41 pm »
Hi all,

Looking to share some experiences with medications and weight gain.

I tested positive in 2015 and started taking Triumeq and had no real problems with weight gain but incredible insomnia and lowered mood. My pharmacist recommended Biktarvy as an alternative which I have been taking for about a year.

Since then my weight has rocketed and now the heaviest I have ever been. I work out 3 times a week with a personal trainer, have a semi-active job, and diet is getting better but I'm still putting on weight. I'm in my 30s and finding it so hard to lose the weight.

I have read that TAF and/ or FTC in Biktarvy could be contributing.

Unfortunately to combat insomnia I also take Mirtazapine, which is also known to increase appetite and serum lipids

I have already been diagnosed with NAFLD and hyperlipidaemia since testing positive for HIV and don't want my weight continuing to rise! The thought of become diabetic or liver failure would just be another nail in the coffin on top of a heart condition as well. As you can probably tell my MH is suffering too.

Anybody else had similar experiences with TAF/ FTC?

Thanks in advance!
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Anxious and Super Worried
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 03:58:48 pm »
Look plenty of sites rely upon outdated options or CYA (Cover your ass) work instead of up-to-date and basic proven biological facts.

I can't really comment on why that is. It's the same school of thought that causes some sites to still claim shaking hands and eating with the same utensils could be a risk when it's long been disproven.

Finally move on with your life. Stop Reading outdated nonsense online. Use condoms for any intercourse and test out of standard routine at least yearly for HIV and far easier to aquire STI's.

Receiving a blowjob is no HIV risk to you whatsoever.  It lacks all the conditions required for acquiring HIV, and saliva is not a concern as its hostile towards HIV.  Thus it makes sense that after nearly 40 years of this pandemic in terms of BJ's 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.

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