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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hi! I am Leon
« Last post by Leon82 on Today at 05:54:07 am »
Thank you all for your answers. It is weird but i feel a connection with all of you even if i do not know you personally. This is a really warm feeling. So, i took my first Biktarvy yesterday, i didn't notice anything weird. I read here in forum people's experience with this med, i just hope i do not gain weight.... generally, i ve always been in a healthy lifestyle. I am going on with my life like nothing bad happened, i keep going to the gym, i meet friends etc because i feel that if i let myself be depressed right now, it is going to last forever... and then it wont be easy for me to find the strenght to go back to my usual lifestyle. I am not into alcohol, cigarettes, weed etc but if i do these things right now, i think it wont help me at all... i just vape nicotine, my doc said i should quit vaping too but i do not feel ready to quit vaping right now. Generally, i try to be compassionate with myself these days.

PS. Sorry for my english  ;D ;D
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hi! I am Leon
« Last post by kentfrat1783 on Yesterday at 07:16:01 pm »
Sorry to hear and it can be hard to deal with even when you know it isn't a death sentence anymore.  Just know to let yourself deal with it that way you can. 

Your count sounds good and I'm jealous as who knows if my numbers will ever get their.  Just listen to your doctor and ask questions that you may have. 

I hope you have a great weekend and things improve. 
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hi! I am Leon
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 04:29:58 pm »

Sorry to hear about the diagnosis but glad you have access to treatment. Take it easy, keep us posted on how you get on and feel free to ask any questions you might have. We're here to support you.

Best Jim

I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hi! I am Leon
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 04:02:23 pm »

                    ojo.           Hi Leon, I’m tiger, lol I live tigers… i’m sorry for your diagnosis, but you are right, nowadays having HIV is having a chronic condition all the comment getting an HIV diagnosis is difficult. You are not alone we are here for you, if you need information or someone to lean on, we are here for you… Medication as prescribed and now that you are positive you got to be more positive about life because trust me, there is life after an HIV diagnosis. I’m sorry for the little joke. Leon is lion in Spanish… welcome to the forum and as I said, you are not alone we are here for you. By the way, your numbers are great so you will be undetectable on your next bloodwork results….hugs

Ps. i’m sorry about my typos
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hi! I am Leon
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 03:41:21 pm »
welcome! Sorry to hear that you tested positive but glad that you found out sooner than later. Your CD4 level is great. Your viral load should come down fairly quickly since you've started meds.

If you have any questions about living with HIV just let us know ;)
I Just Tested Poz / Hi! I am Leon
« Last post by Leon82 on Yesterday at 03:16:42 pm »
Hi guys! I am Leon, i am 42 years old and i was diagnosed on 13 of June 2024, so eight days ago...  :-\  I had no symptoms at all, i found out i was positive after going to doctor to ask for hpv vaccine preventively. He prescribed me HPV and he tested me for hiv as i told him i hadnt been tested for some years. Today i got my exams, my cd4 788 and my VL 18700. The rest of my exams was great. My best friend is hiv+ so all this was familiar to me, i knew it is not a death sentence anymore.... of course this does not mean i was not devastated. My doctor gave me Biktarvy, i ll take my first pill in a while...

All these days i was reading this forum and it really helped me stay calm. Thank you :)
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Symptoms after csw sex
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 03:46:04 am »

I read your post three times with care including all the "what ifs" and scrotum concerns.

You received a handjob, oral sex and used condoms for intercourse. You had no HIV risk from what you posted here.

On Monday/Tuesday a started with a mild sore throat and 2 days later a mild dry cough.

This has nothing to do with HIV from the encounters a few days prior. See your healthcare provider and treat whatever is making you feel unwell. Please don't mention symptoms again, thank you.

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 and get vaccinated against HPV, Hepatitis A & B.

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


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Do I Have HIV? / Symptoms after csw sex
« Last post by Aashiqali69 on Yesterday at 03:17:57 am »
Okay. Why am I worrying... Because of a sore throat and mild dry cough.

Had protected oral and vaginal sex with a Vietnamese sex worker from a telegram pimp, 7 days ago.  As far as I could tell at the time - there was no need to examine the condom too much so I guess it was in tact. The next day I went for a body to body massage and a girl sat on my penis (no insertion) in the bath and grinded me before HJ and protected oral. On Monday/Tuesday a started with a mild sore throat and 2 days later a mild dry cough. Felt sickly but no fever or body pains.

What if hiv fluids entered my penis... Or even through my scrotum. I'm just worried.

I keep doing this to myself. The symptoms are real and not anxiety. However my brain says I was protected but my other part says hiv got through the condom in vaginal or oral sex
Living With HIV / Re: downside to outliving people
« Last post by Mindless on June 20, 2024, 10:46:55 am »
Hugs, Mike 🙏🏻
Living With HIV / Re: "HOPE DIES LAST"
« Last post by Tonny2 on June 20, 2024, 10:45:58 am »

              ojo       Hello everyone!… I guess that the good thing about having HIV is that you are checked for everything while people who are negative down to often. Saturday we have a colonoscopy. I have to have it done every five years because of history of colon cancer in my family. My brother, the oldest one, died of colon cancer eleven years ago and my first cousin just lost her battle to cancer last month 😔… So Stomorrow liquid. diet all day long and Saturday at 11 AM my procedure. In the preview colonoscopy, they found a polyp, but it wasn’t anything to worry about.

Last June  nine my must loyal supporter, my mother, just turned 90 years old, she has been fighting with me HIV/AIDS For the last 30 years. And she still goes with me to my doctors appointment.… OK I will keep you posted about the results of my colonoscopy.… Hugs
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