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I enrolled for The Gilead Advancing Access® Co-pay Program, but I didnt see anywhere  it mentioned the $6,000

btw, when the co-pay card should be mentioned? call the insurance company to add co-pay card, right?

Hello BKKKevin

Thank you very much for your detailed response. Yes I am in the US.
I am not qualified for low income insurance.
as for Gilead copay card for genvoya, are you talking about The Gilead Advancing Access®
Co-pay Program?

Buenas noches JIM, saludos amigo.
Solamente contestaba para decirte que después de 6 semanas me hice la prueba de VIH de 4ta generación dando como resultado negativo, dejo este último mensaje para que futuros visitantes vean mi caso y espero les sirva mi experiencia en algo a ellos, por mi parte es mi último comentario en este foro sin antes agradecerte a ti y a los demás moderadores que amablemente nos ayudan a lidiar con estos problemas, de igual manera estaré eternamente agradecido con el señor Andy Velez.
Saludos amigo, feliz inicio de año para todos.
Living With HIV / Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
« Last post by J.R.E. on November 26, 2021, 06:00:32 pm »

Everyone now, is watching this new Covid variant. ( Omicron variant ) Today it caused the stock market to drop 906.00 points, and travel restrictions will be in place from 8 or 9 countries.


"Earlier today, the Biden administration announced it will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, starting Monday. The administration stressed it was acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after the World Health Organization labeled the newly discovered strain as a "variant of concern."

Off Topic Forum / Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Last post by J.R.E. on November 26, 2021, 05:50:23 pm »

Yup, just another regular day here. Hope you had a good time though.

Sounds like you are having a really nice day and I'm impressed with the 30 laps. Doubt I would be able to do 10 laps.

LOL,..  ;D Well,.. We are certainly not Michael Phelps, or Mark Spitz, but we try.  ;D Our pool is 55 feet in length, so if we do 30 laps at 55 feet per lap, that's 1,650 feet. So we try to accomplish that in 17-20 minutes. and we do a combination of strokes, to break it up a little. Ed counts the laps, I count the minutes.

This is our daily routine, and if we can't swim, then we walk a mile that day. The other morning is was fairly cold outside when the pool opens at 8:00 It was 58 degrees. But the water is great, it's heated to about 84 Degrees, but it was a fast run after the laps, from the pool to the Jacuzzi. We really didn't want to get out of the Jacuzzi. :)

Ray  8)

Research News & Studies / Most People With HIV Respond Well to COVID Vaccines
« Last post by Ptrk3 on November 26, 2021, 01:46:02 pm »
From the November 24, 2021, edition of (online) POZ magazine, lede:

People living with HIV generally respond well to COVID-19 vaccines, according to recent studies. But some HIV-positive people may have weaker responses, including those who are not on antiretroviral treatment and those who have a detectable viral load or a low CD4 T-cell count. Experts stress that people with HIV should get vaccinated as soon as possible.


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Research News & Studies / Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2021
« Last post by Ptrk3 on November 26, 2021, 01:37:01 pm »
An editorial list from the November 19, 2021, edition of (online) TheBodyPro, of what may be considered noteworthy HIV-related clinical developments of 2021, can be viewed by accessing link below:

Living With HIV / Re: COVID-19 Thread
« Last post by Jim Allen on November 26, 2021, 10:53:50 am »
So I am opening this thread again for COVID related topics, updates, questions or concerns etc.

Covid vaccine news, updates etc has its own thread: https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=75065.0
Do I Have HIV? / Re: First time sex
« Last post by Jim Allen on November 26, 2021, 10:36:42 am »
I can’t stop thinking about it. Because I clearly remember I had vaginal fluid on my hand and touched my glan penis.

That's zero HIV risk.

HIV is fragile and sexually only acquired inside the confines of the human body as in never being exposed outside the body. Next to this, your concerns lacks all the other conditions needed and hence it makes sense that there has never been a documented case the way you fear and you will not be the world's first.

So you had no HIV exposure from this activity and, I am unwilling to pretend what you posted would be a risk as it would be a disservice to you and the community.

Regarding intercourse, that has been answered already as well.

The only reason to continue testing outside of routine would be either mental health concerns that ideally should be addressed differently than just the merry-go-round of pointless testing or there was an exposure you have not shared.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: First time sex
« Last post by Schoolboy1290 on November 26, 2021, 09:28:58 am »
Hello, thank you for your reply

I can’t stop thinking about it. Because I clearly remember I had vaginal fluid on my hand and touched my glan penis. It’s difficult not to think about it over and over again.

Visited a clinic locally, they mentioned it’s low risk and asked to get tested. Took rapid hiv test, came out negative, this is post 60days exposure. They asked me to repeat after one month.

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