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Living With HIV / Re: My journal here
« Last post by Kirat on May 11, 2024, 03:40:55 pm »
Sorry to hear that you're still having all those issues.

How's the new regimen going? How are you lab results going?
What about others beside VL and CD4? Is anything else out of whack?
What does your HIV doctor say about all this?
Hi, leatherman, my labs came back mostly fine. I have a low vit D but I've always had it. And Anti-TPO 55, but she has not answered me.about it. I'm going to have a thyroid ultrassound but I dont think hypothyroidism could cause everything I'm feeling, specially because I'm already taking levothyroxine. I need to screen for another VL but now my college is so busy that I didn't have time to do it. I'm really concerned because I'm having strong anxiety, memory problems and my concentration is awful. It's reallly sad. I wonder if this is the onset of another disease like Parkinson's or whatever.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Exposure risk
« Last post by leatherman on May 11, 2024, 02:27:13 pm »
I read through your post and don't see any issue that would be a risk of HIV transmission, possible other STIs, but not HIV. HIV is transmitted by either unprotected anal/vaginal sex or by sharing injection needles.

Have a great day,

Reducing Your HIV risks:
With no exceptions, use condoms correctly and consistently for anal or vaginal intercourse
Talk to a healthcare provider about PrEP as another layer of protection

Get tested yearly for HIV and other STIs.
If you don’t use condoms and/or PrEP, test more frequently

Some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other more easily acquired STIs. It is possible to show no signs or symptoms from an STI so testing is the only way to know.

Get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

What’s the ONLY way to know if you’ve been infected by HIV or an STI?
Get tested.

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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, which 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 removed.
Do I Have HIV? / Exposure risk
« Last post by ralphs24 on May 11, 2024, 12:26:36 pm »
Hello there.

I had an encounter yesterday which I believe to be low risk on the surface. But there are some nuances that have caused me concern and I'm wondering if I might be able to get some advice please.

I'm a gay guy and I had a guy come over. We kissed a lot (zero) risk and then I rode his penis while we were both in our underwear. He obviously never penetrated me this way although there was a lot of precum from him. Again, I assume here no risk?

At one point though, he had me on my back and was against my anus with his dick (unclothed and dick was touching my anus). He also had precum on his fingers and was touching my anus. He teased the area ready to finger me, although he didn't actually go in.

The nuance here is (and I apologize for the graphicness) but I have had some issues the last week when I've been passing a stool. Through a bit of straining and also wiping with more coarse, lower quality paper, I've felt a little sore down there and there have been specks of light red blood on the paper.  This has happened before and it usually passes within a day or two. I hadn't been to the bathroom for several hours before this encounter and couldn't say for sure if I had had blood THAT day, but was nevertheless sensitive around that region.

So my worry is about open wounds and whether by him with lots of precum being in that area and possibly rubbed on these wounds (I assume maybe haemorrhoids), this puts me at risk. I showered immediately afterwards, but obviously that makes no difference.

Sorry to go into so much graphic detail but this is concerning me a lot. He tells me he is all clear but you obviously never know. I'm traveling with work at the moment so getting access to PEP is not ideal and it's the weekend.

He is not on PREP as far as I am aware.

I do appreciate this might be one of those eye roll osts that people read and just think it’s a load of nonsense, but I would appreciate any help
Living With HIV / Re: My journal here
« Last post by Tonny2 on May 11, 2024, 05:20:14 am »

            ojo.           Hello my friend!… I am so sorry that you are a stull not feeling well. Does your ID doctor know about you taking antidepressants?… keep fighting, and I hope somebody can help you to find out what’s wrong with you but, your HIV treatment is working, One less problem… Tell us, how was your life before your diagnosis?, Were you having depression problems before?… Wishing you the best, and please keep us posted…abracos
« Last post by Tonny2 on May 11, 2024, 05:11:24 am »

             ojo.             @leatherman, what are you doing “de mojarra” (mojado) on this forum LOL?. LOL. I always wanted to learn French, as matter fact, I’m having some classes on my own. I hope I can be fluent in French. There are some people who say that English is the language to speak about business, Italian time to scream, French to speak about love and Spanish a language to speak with God.

Hola a todos los que nos leen, les cuento: el martes tuve cita con el infectólogo como siempre, sólo hablamos de mís resultados de sangre y siempre me dicen lo mismo:Tonny2 tú eres un hombre fuerte, has pasado por mucho pero si no fuera por Neuropatia y el problema de tus ojos estarías muy sano, quisiera tener algo más en mi caja de herramientas para poder ayudarte a resolver esos problemas pero, es todo lo que puedo hacer por ti. Nos vemos en seis meses.

Así son mis visitas con el infectólogo afortunadamente si no hay malas noticias estoy bien. El ojo que me operé está mejorando ya casi no hay inflamación aunque la esclera todavía se ve un poco de color rosa y Debe verse blanca. El 28 de mayo veré al cirujano Para ver qué sigue. Creo que de ahí me manda a hacer mi ojo biónico. Ya les platicaré… Mi osteoporosis el mismo 28 de mayo que veo al cirujano iré a ver al especialista de los huesos para hacerme una prueba de densidad de huesos para saber si tanto  Piquete en la panza a mejorado la densidad de mis huesos, como les dije, este problema de osteoporosis según el médico tiene que ver convivir mucho tiempo con una condición crónica y además ya soy un chavo Ruco. Ustedes a seguir a tomar sus medicamentos que no estarán en mi situación … Como siempre, si se van de fiesta no olviden el globito. A cuidarse y si andan demás, háganse el examen de VIH no tengan miedo porque es mejor saberlo uno, para detectarlo a tiempo y no dañe su sistema inmune y dos para que no anden contagiando a otros. Llevamos 40 años de pandemia y todavía no aprendemos a cuidarnos pero la calentura es tremenda… Abrazos
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Update - Just under a month since DX
« Last post by numbersguy82 on May 10, 2024, 04:50:31 pm »
Thank you for your kind words and for taking time out of your day to respond.

poz.com is great because it has a diverse membership (God bless the internet) and yes there are different opinions but everyone is in the same club. That being said, the general sentiment is respectful and kind-hearted, which is not always the case on the internet.

It's a great forum to vent, and document our own unique and highly personal experiences and hopefully, others who get recently DXd can take some sort of comfort and learn from others' journies (as I have done scrolling through historic forum posts).

medication is a game changer - we are blessed in those regards.

The active contributors to poz are truly unsung heroes.

You are absolutely not alone. I’m glad you’re here, and able to contribute to this wonderful space.
Living With HIV / Re: My journal here
« Last post by leatherman on May 10, 2024, 03:08:51 pm »
Sorry to hear that you're still having all those issues.

How's the new regimen going? How are you lab results going?
What about others beside VL and CD4? Is anything else out of whack?
What does your HIV doctor say about all this?
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Update - Just under a month since DX
« Last post by harleymc on May 10, 2024, 05:27:10 am »
Don't beat yourself about having unprotected sex.
You are proof that your parents did too.

Congratulations that your test results have shown you are moving in the right direction.
Living With HIV / Re: My journal here
« Last post by Kirat on May 09, 2024, 10:56:03 pm »
Hi guys. I hope you guys are feeling well.
I am not :/
Still struggling with weakness, mental confusion, forgetfullness, concentration problems, some nausea, slow motor skill. Anyway, a mess. Started Wellbutrin 150mg in addition to Lexapro 20 that I was already taking. Let's see if it changes sth.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: So I just messed my life up
« Last post by leatherman on May 08, 2024, 07:29:00 pm »
now you started treatment
don't discount the related benefits of this point!

Treatment not only will improve your physical health by knocking HIV out of the way so your body can heal; but it helps you improve mentally and emotionally by just knowing you are fighting HIV, along with continuing to move through the upheaval in your life. Moving forward and knowing that you are getting healthier is a huge boost to your emotional and mental health. The benefits of those kinds of improvements should never be discounted because good emotional health and good mental health are almost as important as medication for a patient to make a recovery ;)
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