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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Screwed up bad
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 01:13:39 pm »

Look despite whatever nonsense you have read most common would be no noticeable initial/seroconversion symptoms whatsoever for HIV and as said nothing you mentioned is HIV specific and some of it would have nothing to do with a recent HIV infection at all.

Now, see your doctor and treat whatever is making you sick. Please don't ask again!

The encounters mentioned here were not an HIV concern, continue to use condoms and test for STI's & HIV yearly.

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Screwed up bad
« Last post by Ohno on Today at 01:08:27 pm »
Would it be possible to experience symptoms after  9 months and also does the ars flu usually last 4 months ? Or longer coz my one did.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Screwed up bad
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 12:51:41 pm »

Read your post, nothing you mentioned is HIV specific and some of it would have nothing to do with a recent HIV infection at all. See your doctor and treat whatever is making you feel unwell

Regarding the encounters mentioned, receiving a blowjob is no HIV risk to you whatsoever.

As for the 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.

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 going forward 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 please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and 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? / Screwed up bad
« Last post by Ohno on Today at 12:47:22 pm »
I had sex with a sex worker  in feb last year (protected oral and vaginal).

I had sex with another sex worker in December ( protect oral and vaginal)

In November that year before the encounter with the second sex worker I started experiencing strange symptoms.
My hands and legs were weak. I was out of balance while walking. I got pins and needles on my hands and feet constantly. They also got numb frequently. I had mild body ache and shortness of breath.not COVID since I got tested afterwards.
Did not get anything else in December. I got nasuea and fatigue in jan. in feb this year I came down with a flu with server body ache ache, a body rash, and crazy fatigue and constant stomach upset. My body was burning mostly legs and arms .
The fatigue was insane.this lasted untill end of April. I still have the body ache and fatigue but less now. It was the longest flu of my life. Was this ars? My muscles are still weak and the fatigue is still there. I have not gotten tested since I was scared.

Is it possible to get ars after 9 months or did I seroconvert and not get any symptoms initially? And now I’m getting them.
think of it this way: what are you expecting from your routine check-up?

have you remained adherent to your meds? have you had any other medical issues? If your answers are yes and no, then your check-up was going to do little except run blood tests. if you have stayed adherent, then your results would probably be similar to the last time they were checked. HIV meds don't just fail, so there's no reason to think that this routine check-up would be any different from last time.

here in America, our Ryan White program (which helps provide medications and healthcare for people living with HIV, especially those with limited or no resources for healthcare) requires 3-4 physician visits a year. Not for any medical reason (because when staying adherent without any other health issue, a person's health simply won't change very much in a 3-4 month time span); but because data has shown that 3-4 visits a year helps keep people (in general) mindful about their treatment and so they remain adherent to their meds. another reason to see a physician that often is to keep prescriptions for HIV meds current.

but to be a bit crass, in America where healthcare is big business, while multiple physician visits, lab work, and renewed prescriptions each year does ensure patients are well monitored for any health issues, it also means that everyone makes money too. Of course the cost of patients NOT staying in regular care and staying adherent can be astronomical in medical costs and lives. The cost of requiring regular visits then is money well spent.

Your words always bring me comfort. Thanks a million my friend for being always a source of positivity. After reading your lines, i am not worried at all. I am adherent, no health issues, and no signs of anything 'touch wood'.

Many thanks again
If you spend down the money, you probably wont lose medicaid.   This might be the time to get those dental implants, a used car etc.  Again talk to a case manager at an Aids Service Organization.
Sorry for  your loss.

 Where do you live?

In California I would suggest that you go to an Aids Service Organization (Ryan White Program) and talk to a case manager. Be completely honest.  Find out if you can use the money to for a down payment, or buy an RV, or van or whatever. 

You can get help on the ARV meds from ADAP if you lose the medicaid.  Again the caseworker has dealt with these kinds of problems and can give you good advice and sign you up for any programs that can assist.

Here in Palm Springs, Desert Aids Project has case workers, a clinic. and could sort this.

One of the other users here works for an ASO in the southeast.   He can also point you in the right direction.

What State are you in?   People in your state can help you.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Posible infección Sexo oral Insertivo
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 06:02:59 pm »
Estas preocupando innecesari y su problema es emocional no VIH.

No hay riesgo de vih, no veo razón para realizar el test a menos que hayas tenido otros encuentros sexuales que no hayas mencionado aquí.

Como eres sexualmente activo, hágase la prueba para detectar el VIH y las ITS por lo menos una vez al año.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Posible infección Sexo oral Insertivo
« Last post by jon1996 on Yesterday at 04:57:20 pm »
No no, únicamente eso Jim, lo juro no habría porque ocultar cualquier otra cosa, solo que sobre analizo la situación y pienso qué hay posibilidades de que por eso me ocurriera algo
Estoy infectado? / Re: Duda sobre infección
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 04:20:32 pm »
el VIH no puede transmitirse a través de un condón intacto.

Adelante con su vida y como eres sexualmente activo, hágase la prueba para detectar el VIH y las ITS por lo menos una vez al año.

Y además prueba negativa de mi pareja

Él se hace chequeos constantes, hoy llegaron sus resultados negativos.

Totalmente irrelevante
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