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When you created an account with the POZ Forums, you agreed to have only one account. Starting multiple accounts is against the rules of the Forum and will cause you to be banned from our forums.

I merged the two threads from both accounts, and you are banned!

Any honest answers please.

If you had been my partner, I would have ended the relationship already.

I would not have the time or energy to share my life with someone stressing and acting paranoid about no-risk HIV situations around me all the time.
Is there any chance I catch HIV in this activities?

What you posted was Zero HIV risk to you.

is it advisable to still use Prep whenever we will masturbate?

It's not an HIV risk. No testing, PrEP or PEP is needed over masturbating and touching your nipples.

In short, your adult risks of acquiring HIV are limited:

- Sex; Condomless intercourse & a minute risk when you give someone a blowjob.
- Sharing drugs rigs (Syringes)
- Blood transfusions (Rare thanks to screening)
Im still with partner right who has recently been diagnosed with HIV, he is on ART for 4 months now. He has a low cd4 count when he was diagnosed. He is getting better now but I know that he is not yet undetectable but we decided to make out.

We did a mutual masturbation, I did masturbate mine but before that, he was stroking my penis with my boxers on. The hand he used was the same hand he use in masturbating. Hes hands were dry because he wipe the semen in the bed.

He also played with my nipples with my shirt on. Im worried that maybe hes hands still got traces of HIV and some the traces went to my shirt, penis and nipples.

Is there any chance I catch HIV in this activities? I only have Prep right now. Its only been 4 hours. Can I use it? And in case I wasnt infected with this activity, is it advisable to still use Prep whenever we will masturbate?

I did not take prep because I was expecting he will touch my penis or my nipples using the hand he use to masturbate. Any honest answers please. 
I Just Tested Poz / Re: 5 months since diagnosis...
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 03:36:30 pm »

           ojo.            @allthefeelings, hi again!, may I ask you why you went and got tested for hiv, were you sick?Öusually people with numbers like yours have already gotten an OI, that was my case, as a matter of fact, I ended up in the ER because I couldnít breathe, I was in the ICU, dx=AIDS, cd4 20, i had lost 30 pounds and still didnít get check by a doctor until I was dying of PCP. Can you tell us about your story?.

We all know how you are feeling, we went through the same when we got the dx, you are going to be okÖIíve asked you what your doctor says about your high level of RBC?

Again, good luck, just take your med as prescribed and try to relaxÖhugs
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Possible ARS 5 days after risky encounter?
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 12:47:21 pm »
Your cough has nothing to do with HIV from the concerned encounters, and I wish you all the best. See your healthcare provider and treat whatever is making you sick.

Regarding HIV, the only thing that matters are test results post-potential exposure. Ttest six weeks post your last potential exposure with a blood draw (lab) HIV antibody test. The result at this time will rarely change, and retesting at three months generally isn't needed.

Also, consider getting an STI screening for far easier to acquire STIs whilst you are getting tested for HIV.

Unknown HIV status on both

You can never know their HIV status for sure, due to the window period on tests and serval other reasons, instead, presume they are living with untreated HIV and start protecting yourself if you want to reduce your HIV risks.

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, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards


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Do I Have HIV? / Possible ARS 5 days after risky encounter?
« Last post by Kalle on Yesterday at 12:00:34 pm »
Hi everyone

Iím writing this to hopefully get some peace of mind or advice.

I had unprotected insertive vaginal sex 9 and 8 days ago with two different girls. Unknown HIV status on both, but this is in a city where HIV prevalence is quite high. There werenít any blood or friction during the intercourses.

4-5 days after the first encounter I started having dry cough. A few days later (2 days ago) I developed more servere symptoms; very high fever, muscle ache, a pounding headache and a total loss of appetite. Iíve not eaten for the last 48 hours now. The dry cough has now become a wet cough though.

This combination of symptoms are not common for me. If I have a loss of appetite, itís usually when I have food poisoning.

I have taken two Covid tests, and they were negative.

If this indeed is ARS, is it possible that the first symptom with dry cough started after 4-5 days? The information in the research Iíve done on this is very conflicting.

I feel incredibly dumb not using a condom and after this scare Iíll definitely bag up in the future.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: 5 months since diagnosis...
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 09:10:54 am »
Iím just scared of getting sicker.
well, when you consider you first numbers (CD4 22/3% and VL98,000), you WERE actually quite sick/unhealthy - even if you didn't realize it. Were you having issues when you were diagnosed? Some people can have very low numbers and not be sick (well, sick with issues). Without a good working immune system our bodies don't fight diseases and often there may not be symptoms until almost too late.

I say "almost too late" because one incredible thing about HIV meds is that many people who have been on death's doorstep amazingly recover after starting meds. It's known as the Lazarus effect (seemingly coming back from the dead). Twice in the 90s I was hospitalized (with pneumonia, cd4s at 5, and VL in the millions) and told I might not survive until the next day (once on my 36th birthday and then again on my 38th birthday); but since I'm here today I'm proof that getting HIV meds into you can bring your health back from some dire situations.

Of course while HIV meds will work wonders for suppressing HIV, there's not much you can do to improve the situation of regaining your health. You just have to wait while your immune system recovers/rebuilds. Sometimes as people's VL is reduced and they regain cd4s, their bodies start to fight infections/diseases they didn't know they had (because their immune system was so gone, it wasn't doing anything) and that can lead to feeling "worse" while you're actually getting better. That's called "immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome" (IRIS). It may seem counterintuitive but when you start taking HIV meds and your VL goes below 200, you still might have some health issues to deal with while your CD4s recover, start to multiply, and get back to their job of fighting off disease.

Of course, you shouldn't expect to have IRIS issues, just like you shouldn't expect negative side effects from medication. It's just something to keep in mind that might happen and that it actually means you're getting better. Also keep in mind, since your initial numbers were so bad, that recovering is not always a straight line improvement. Sometimes your VL and CD4 numbers will bounce up or down, so the best way to ALWAYS watch your HIV condition is by the change over at least 3 tests over at least 6 months. So far you have two results and if you graph that out, it's an amazing improvement. But if the next test results aren't even better, don't fret until the test after that to see how things are going.
Living With HIV / Re: "HOPE DIES LAST"
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 08:36:40 am »
hopefully my neighbor hasnít seen me in the middle of the night, through the window, with my mud mask
beauty always come at a cost  ;D

Hopefully that treatment will help you out although side effects always suck.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: 5 months since diagnosis...
« Last post by Allthefeelings on Yesterday at 08:35:42 am »

Hmm... What do you consider high RBCs, and what did your doctor say?

Why? What are you scared about, what fears, and why do you think there is no hope? I don't mean to be blunt, I want to support you, but let's talk about it.

So circling back to these questions.

My RBC Ďs are over 150,000.

Iím just scared of getting sicker. Iím an overthinker by nature. I donít mind blunt at all. Like others have said I obviously realize Iím doing well in context of where I started. Iím usually hopeful. But seeing I change on cd4 always makes me anxious. I know that will eventually subside. Iím definitely in a better head space than I was yesterday.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: 5 months since diagnosis...
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 07:17:40 am »

         ojo.            Hi again!Ö what does the doctor tell you about your situation?, remember that we are not doctors,
We just share our experiences. Please keep us posted. Good luck...hugs
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