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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Blood Draw at home
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 06:55:12 pm »
My apologies for the spelling/grammar in the last post. It's midnight here and it's been a very long day. 
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Blood Draw at home
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 06:41:45 pm »
If stabbing you with the lacent after chasing you around the room with it after using it myself isn't an HIV risk why would you think the even more indirect concern of blood on the bag and then picking your finger be a risk...

This latest fear you have and the details of it, no matter who had posted it and without taking history into account is already a concern enough to stress considering mental health support to assist with these thoughts. This isn't a judgment, you should consider support and there is nothing wrong with that as far as I am concerned. If I was judging you for some reason, trust me, I am extremely blunt, I don't hold back and you would have known about it without any room for doubt, but I'm not and you asked for an assessment and that is what you got.

Now, if I do take your history into account, you have been warned before and it's been explained how HIV is or is not transmitted including the barriers and that HIV is fragile once exposed outside the confines of the human body.

Your lancet isn't a syringe, it's not a hollow needle, so unlike sharing syringes you are not directly injecting a quantity of blood into the bloodstream that has been short-term stored in what is in essence a vacuum. Touching fluids once exposure outside the confines of the body isn't an HIV risk either and these are just some of the biological and environmental barriers to your fears.

Your concerns essentially lack any of the biological and environmental conditions needed to acquire HIV.

In brief, your adult HIV risks are:

* Sex; Condomless intercourse & a minute (theoretical) HIV risk if you give a blowjob.
* Sharing drugs rigs (Syringes)
* Blood products/ transfusions (Rare nowadays in most nations thanks to screening)

Please do not post again unless you have been having sex without a condom or have been sharing syringes to inject drugs.

You have been warned and this is the last time.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Blood Draw at home
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 06:34:49 pm »
Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, getting vaginal fluids - even fluids with some blood in them - on your skin or in your eyes is NOT going to put you at risk.

HIV is an incredibly fragile virus that can only be transmitted in certain very specific ways.

It does not remain infectious outside the body.

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Blood Draw at home
« Last post by sam12345678 on Today at 06:25:54 pm »
Thanks Jim. Yes I was wrong before and I admit it and fully believe in your assessment. Thats why I seek
This is not about the lancet. It about fresh small qty blood deposited on the outside part of the bag and my finger resting on it and lancet pushing it into my finger as it was triggered from
insise of the bag.
I know this may not be exact spot on the bag where I triggered the lancet but assuming it it you still feel no risk from the blood on the bag. This is my last post.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Blood Draw at home
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 06:01:07 pm »
If it was someone else you would have posted this you would have given proper explanation

You got a proper answer and your history here had nothing to do with it, if I took history into account I would just ban you directly.

I read your post three times, it's zero HIV risk. If I had personally as someone living with HIV stuck myself with your lancet and then chased you around the room with it  before stabbing you with it, it still would be Zero HIV risk.

Does that help?
Living With HIV / Re: Are you concerned about finding a cure?
« Last post by numbersguy82 on Today at 05:54:44 pm »
I love all of this interaction and differing perspectives. My objective was to perhaps show some newly diagnosed folks that, while it seems impossible now, there may come a day where this virus doesn’t completely monopolize your life, your thoughts, and your future outlook.

In the beginning that seems like something that could never become reality. However, by an overwhelming margin, that’s the consensus here with our actual members.

Food for thought and perhaps some small measure of relief.
Do I Have HIV? / Lancet risk
« Last post by sam12345678 on Today at 05:53:41 pm »
Thanks Jim. Please dont judge me because of my previous post. If it was someone else you would have posted this you would have given proper explanation but just  because I have some history you just said assessed zero risk. Why the blood on the bag cannot infect me. It can easily pushed by the lancet into my finger. I have never lied about I saw or felt.  she moved my bag because it was not in the same place so was worried whether accidentaly unknowingly she might have pricked while moving and blood deposited on the bag.  Please help me with proper explanation. Thanks for your support.
Estoy infectado? / Re: san2023
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 05:49:07 pm »
El VIH no se puede transmitir a través de un condón de látex o poliuretano intacto. Si un condón falla durante el acto sexual, es obvio. No hay razón para estar estresado por las relaciones sexuales mientras no ocurra este problema obvio.

Adelante con su vida y como eres sexualmente activo, hágase la prueba para detectar el VIH y las ITS por lo menos una vez al año.
Forums Gatherings / Re: 18th July - Peer support call - HIV Meds.
« Last post by numbersguy82 on Today at 05:48:06 pm »
Less than one week away. Join us for an informative session with @Leatherman (Michael) discussing meds, as he brings his unique perspective as a LTS!

New Day (Thursday)
New Time (6PM EST US)
New Format (rotating Speaker and Moderator- ask if you yourself want to bring a specific topic to the forefront, and be a guest Speaker)
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Blood Draw at home
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 05:35:11 pm »
Zero HIV risk.

I wish you well but don't post about this again, if you have these thoughts again please conside talking to a psychiatrist.
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