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Off Topic Forum / Re: New Forum Moderator "PozChilean"
« Last post by Fenix70 on Today at 02:26:34 am »
Bienvenido 🤗 welcome aboard .
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Found i am poz 10 hours ago
« Last post by Mightysure on Yesterday at 04:52:27 pm »
I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  Before I go further, just know that you can live and fulfilling life with this virus, while I understand the circumstances you're in.

It sounds like you caught it early, which is great.   It should take some time for medication because they should run tests to see what medications are not right for you. In the meantime, learn as much as you can and what resources are available, in and outside of your country.

700 is a good CD4. I understand that you just received devastating news, but I promise that we have seen people in your circumstances come out ok.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Please help hiv
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 09:24:46 am »
No, and I should add that it will not prevent or treat HIV either.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Please help hiv
« Last post by makarije91 on Yesterday at 09:20:20 am »
interested in does St. John's wort affect the validity of the hiv test? Thank you.
Just when I thought things could not get more stupid this week, now this.


Per the cautionary clip, which has scared up over 7 million views, the social media know-it-all shared an image of a toilet paper roll covered with small crimson flecks alongside long, thin and colorless streak marks.

“If you look closely, you will see a bunch of tiny red blood splotches,” said Jones. “That is not from someone’s bloody nose or little accident.”

“It’s from someone cleaning their needles — dirty needles to be exact,” he continued. “We don’t know if this was one person or multiple people cleaning their needles from injecting drugs.”

“If you are using this toilet paper to clean yourself, all it takes is one tiny drop of blood to enter your system,” Jones said, offering amateur advice about avoiding HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B or C infections. “If you do see a toilet paper roll that looks [bloodstained] in a public restroom, notify the staff immediately to have it replaced and stay as far away as you can from it.


To be clear: You can not get HIV from wiping your ass or being stuck by a discarded needle. There has never been a case of HIV being acquired from a discarded needle in the community, and it's a very old myth.

This guy is just rehashing old myths: https://www.beintheknow.org/news-and-blogs/5-weirdest-hiv-transmission-myths-ever
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Small Question
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 04:42:12 am »
You're welcome.

My finger with the cut from the nail salon is a bit swollen. Should I be worried?

This is an HIV forum, and your swollen finger has nothing to do with HIV from the nail salon.

Cuts can easily be infected by bacteria entering the tissues beneath the skin. Good pharmacists can look and assist you with minor cuts; if not, see your healthcare provider and have them check and treat it. 
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Small Question
« Last post by Sycamore on Yesterday at 12:26:13 am »
Thank you. My finger with the cut from the nail salon is a bit swollen. Should I be worried?

Also, I didn’t realize I posted twice. Sorry.
Forums Gatherings / Re: Biweekly Peer Support Call
« Last post by kentfrat1783 on September 27, 2023, 08:36:35 pm »
no. it's the end of the world as we I know it. ROFLMAO and apologies to REM

Oh, that takes me back to the summers I worked for Upward Bound and the Director loved REM.  Never a day went by without something related to REM. 

Is it the end of the week yet  8)

Well technically not the end of the week yet, as that isn't until two more days but I'm bad as I got busy and didn't get on the computer last week after I hit PTown then Salem, MA. Time just got away from me. 

But as @Leatherman stated, "life's not all about HIV; but sometimes it is".  Nor does HIV define who we are. 

We hope to see you Friday at 7 PM EST.   
Living With HIV / Re: Flu shot - Its that time of year again (Northern Hemisphere)
« Last post by numbersguy82 on September 27, 2023, 05:13:27 pm »
Well goty flu shot today. Still no 5g network 😂.

Oh man that means your videos will still buffer  ;D
AIDS Activism / Re: Spitting, Discarded syringes & myths on transmission in the media
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 27, 2023, 03:11:47 pm »
"draft article"? Wasn't it Walker's press release? LOL Not to mention, that is a piss poor "apology". When you apologize to whoever felt they were offended/affected, you're not really sorry for your actions.

100% the apology is weak and its still misleading regarding HIV transmission, so are some of the media coverage as they are still mixing up their facts with needle stick injuries in healthcare settings. I am not excusing this, but be it Doctors, Companies or the Media, it seems rare for them to apologize and when they do its never a good one.


The apology in full:


My comment piece on shoplifting published by the Mail Online on 15 September was a draft article that I believed had been superseded by a video interview.
As I correctly stated in both the draft article and the video interview, threats of violence against our store colleagues by shoplifters are sadly an everyday occurrence, and the weapons deployed to reinforce these threats regularly include knives, screwdrivers, hammers and hypodermic needles.
However, the claim in the draft article that three of our store colleagues are HIV positive as a result of needle attacks was made in error. I have learnt a lot over the last 10 days, and spoken to professionals doing amazing work in this area. I am told such needlestick occurrences are vanishingly rare and have not happened for many years. I am therefore naturally very sorry that the draft article contained this information.
We immediately asked the Mail Online to amend its article, which has now been done, and quickly secured the removal of the claim from other media outlets.

I obviously never had any intention of stigmatising people with HIV or causing distress, and I apologise to anyone who feels that they were adversely affected by this.
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