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I Just Tested Poz / Re: relative found meds
« Last post by Jim Allen on April 06, 2024, 11:26:06 am »
Do you keep your meds out in shared spaces or do your relatives have a habit of snooping around? I hope you don't have any kids around or visiting that could get hold of the meds.

Anyhow, the vast majority of people have no idea what HIV meds look like or are called and if they did google it then they know you have PEP or HIV treatment, don't let it be a drama.
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I Just Tested Poz / relative found meds
« Last post by idontknowhowbuthereitis on April 06, 2024, 11:18:54 am »
Wanted to keep DX secretly, strongly suspect a relative found meds last night, had indirect questions and they were visibly upset. Cats out of the bag, matter of time now before everyone finds out.

Not 100% confirmed (the relative was drunk), shitty situation to be in

Thanks for listening.
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Need Help with Kissing situation
« Last post by leatherman on April 06, 2024, 10:57:51 am »
Salvia has enzymes that disrupts HIV from being infectious. Unless you were both gushing blood into each other's mouths (eek! And gross!), there was no risk.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Tested Positive on Jan 16 2024
« Last post by Joebilly73 on April 06, 2024, 10:36:46 am »
Good Morning,

Just wanted to drop a line. Currently been feeling good. Emotionally I am feeling better as well. I have been on treatment since end of January. I think it is going well.

Original Numbers January 14, 2024
CD4 - 27
CD4% - 2
VL - 300,106

Labs March 1, 2024
CD4 - 141
CD4% - 4
VL - 54

I will be going tomorrow for labs and a follow up next week.

Thanks for everyone's wisdom and kind words.

With any luck CD4 will be above 200 and I can stop the Bactrim.
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Need Help with Kissing situation
« Last post by BackTurn on April 06, 2024, 10:03:34 am »
ok i understand but what about the statement from the nurse The nurse told me to come back in 3 months and that we can contract HIV while kissing if both of you have gum disease/sore. is it true or false ?

Thank you for the fast response

Jordan
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Need Help with Kissing situation
« Last post by leatherman on April 05, 2024, 08:47:06 pm »
HIV is transmitted by unprotected anal or vaginal sex; or by sharing injection needles.

Sorry to hear about the symptoms you were dealing with but none of those are related to HIV as you had no risk. Please continue working with your doctor to determine the cause of your issues.

Have a great day,
Michael

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 donít 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.

Whatís the ONLY way to know if youíve been infected by HIV or an STI?
Get tested.


Please Note.
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
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Do I Have HIV? / Need Help with Kissing situation
« Last post by BackTurn on April 05, 2024, 06:36:06 pm »
Hi everybody, my name is Jordan and actually I'm really anxious.

It all started in the beginning of February. I had a deep kiss with a girl no more than 5 min. At the end she told me she went back from the dentist. I was suspicious because I don't know her status and normally after a dentist consultation you end it with some blood. I didn't feel any blood in my mouth.We only kissed nothing much.
2 weeks later I went back and we kissed again. After this situation I felt sick with nausea, diarrhea, sore throat and rash on my shoulder. Despite being sick I decided to pay a visit and asked if she had any std...Obviously she said no(which I know it's irrelevant).I kissed her again, but this time her breath wasn't smelling good.

2 months later I still have abdominal pain with sore throat ,conjectivite and stress on my leg articulation. I did a determine combo vih test 4 weeks after the first time we kissed it came back negative. The nurse told me to come back in 3 months and that we can contract HIV while kissing if both of you have gum disease/sore.

For some reason I don't know why I'm still losing weight and I have a hard time to eat I don't feel like to eat anymore. I read about your advise in the forum and I would like you to analyse my situation (especially Jim and Ann).

Jordan
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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Worried about symptoms
« Last post by Jim Allen on April 05, 2024, 10:29:48 am »
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on 7 March was only oral (giving and receiving). I do have bleeding gums but I was not actively bleeding at the time of the encounter. No condoms used, no ejaculation in the mouth either.

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.

Regarding giving a blowjob, your bleeding gums make no difference, the mouth generally lacks a route for HIV to infect. Also, saliva neutralises HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells. Giving a blowjob is such a minute HIV risk that it doesn't warrant testing outside the standard yearly screening.

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The encounter on 29 March was only mutual masturbation and unprotected anal rubbing (my penis rubbing on his ass) for about 30 seconds, neither with a climax. For the anal rubbing, I highly doubt that I ever penetrated him because I did not feel the tightness/pressure/warmth normally associated with penetration.

You doubt... Either you did or you didn't penetrate him. If you didn't than there was no HIV risk.


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On April 1, I had a vague/slight sore throat (nothing flu-like, and definitely much less painful that the sore throat I had when I caught COVID) and a feverish feeling (I never registered even a low-grade fever). These symptoms continue on-and-off until now, and just this morning I've felt an enlarged lymph node on my neck.

My stress and anxiety have been through the roof since Monday to the point where I've begun to lose appetite/had trouble focusing at work. Is it safe to say that these symptoms are highly unlikely to be caused by an HIV infection?

It's not HIV specific and unrelated to HIV from the activities posted here. See your healthcare provider so they can treat whatever is making you feel unwell.


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; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards

Jim

Please Note.
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
99
Do I Have HIV? / Worried about symptoms
« Last post by beardyum on April 05, 2024, 10:12:56 am »
Hi,

I'm a 25M who had recent encounters with two men (on 7 and 29 March).

The encounter on 7 March was only oral (giving and receiving). I do have bleeding gums but I was not actively bleeding at the time of the encounter. No condoms used, no ejaculation in the mouth either.

The encounter on 29 March was only mutual masturbation and unprotected anal rubbing (my penis rubbing on his ass) for about 30 seconds, neither with a climax. For the anal rubbing, I highly doubt that I ever penetrated him because I did not feel the tightness/pressure/warmth normally associated with penetration.

On April 1, I had a vague/slight sore throat (nothing flu-like, and definitely much less painful that the sore throat I had when I caught COVID) and a feverish feeling (I never registered even a low-grade fever). These symptoms continue on-and-off until now, and just this morning I've felt an enlarged lymph node on my neck.

My stress and anxiety have been through the roof since Monday to the point where I've begun to lose appetite/had trouble focusing at work. Is it safe to say that these symptoms are highly unlikely to be caused by an HIV infection?

Thanks for your response.
100
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Worried - Risk Assessment
« Last post by Jim Allen on April 05, 2024, 08:33:08 am »
It's not an HIV risk to you. Zero!

You're welcome
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