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Can tell that you are worried about this.

Few things to keep in mind is the value is within the normal range, it's only a single snapshot moment and you only just started treatment.

I would say wait and see what your next lab results are like. I've had better and worse ones than yours over time.  If the next results are lower again then I might consider switching to something that does not have TDF if I was in your shoes.

If it was tiredness, insomnia or nausea etc still we can manage

I have had fatigue lasting 18 months that would make you wish you would no longer want to wake up anymore and insomnia that makes would make you want to cry and beg for sleep. I would not dismiss the impact these things can have on a person as "manageable" issues unless the person themselves experience it as manageable and I would have gladly accepted a snapshot lower but within the normal range result over these issues.

I have heard about ABC/3TC/DTG combination called “Trelavue”, At least i can do a gene test for Abacavir… emailed to my dr but not yet reply about switching medicine…”

So the HLA-B*5701 testing is for ABC hypersensitivity. The combination mentioned is the combination I have been taking for the last few years. It's great for me but it does not suit everyone, like any combo I suppose it would not suit everyone.

The brand version of this combination is called Triumeq https://www.poz.com/drug/triumeq

I would not be looking at switching if I was you so soon, but at the end of the day you need to manage your own care and what works for you.

Best, Jim.

Im on Acriptega DTG/3TC/TDF for 3-4 months now and my eGFR decreased. Before started my treatment it was 120ml/min and just after 3 months its lower to 87ml/min. As per dr it is still in good level ( above 60 ) . But it just the beginning and that much negative effect on kidney within 3 months would be a huge issue after several years… Anyone has experienced dramatic kidney issues similar to this within short time period? And those low filtering rate due to on going damage? 

Please …Anyone here from south africa ? Kindly let me know .. i buy my medicine in South africa and looking for alternative more kidney friendly Combination. I have heard about ABC/3TC/DTG combination called “Trelavue”, At least i can do a gene test for Abacavir… emailed to my dr but not yet reply about switching medicine…

If it was tiredness, insomnia or nausea etc still we can manage but something directly harm to organs while there are alternatives, im ok to switch medicine under dr supervision.

Please reply here or PM me with your experience if you ever faced similar  and switch medicine successfully..your experience could save me before its too late for me..at least i can do something now.

Thank you
Living With HIV / Re: PrEP and Pregnant
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 02:30:51 pm »

Firstly congrats and wishing you both the best. Keep us posted on when the little one arrives  :)

About PrEP and Folic Acid, I don't see any reason for concern. You could check drugs. com for interactions but the best would be to consult a qualified pharmacist.

The only other comment I have is I really don't understand why the PrEP to start with? I really don't get that.

Living With HIV / Re: PrEP and Pregnant
« Last post by Bunny on Today at 12:24:58 pm »
Any inputs please
Thanks in advance
Thanks Jim for the reply.

I already answered it's not an HIV concern, you are asking me the same questions after playing at home with a banana. This thread has had all the top myths in it so far, Subtypes with new or unknown transmission modes, fingering and PEP, the banana test, water testing and the old condom mirco holes.

Poking holes in a condom and sticking it on a banana is not the same mechanics, stress and the situation your concerned about. You are not going to find out something new at home after 40 years of this pandemic.

All I can recommend is that you eat the banana, use condoms for intercourse and test out of routine yearly. Stop playing arround and move on with your life.


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I am a bit OCD type, so please bear with me. I tried to replicate the act with a condom on a banana and found that it is easy to poke holes on the condom with teeth if care is not taken to avoid teeth... and the condom doesnt shred into pieces (as you have mentioned in many posts in this forum) and it is as if there is no damage ... only when I fill water, the small holes made with the teeth are found (pardon me for filling water again to test, I am worried and anxious) ...

so if we assume that the sex worker is not so professional and the condom got few minute holes on it from her teeth..., and after her blow job, with the same condom on (say with a few minute unnoticeable holes) I had vaginal sex ... would it be a concern?

Thank You.
Hey, Jim...thank you so much for the prompt reply. Just to confirm, I need not get tested myself for HIV over this incident? And, my concerns about small holes on the condom that may be formed by her teeth during oral sex are unfounded?

Thank you.

Read your post three times.

HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse due to defects or damage it's obvious to the insertive partner. There is no reason to be stressing about intercourse as long as this obvious issue did not happen.

Testing the condom after intercourse could damage the condom, as it's not designed as a reusable (re-stressed) product and this could lead you to mistakenly think that the condom was damaged during sex, when in fact you actually caused the damage after the intercourse by trying to "test" it with water. In short, testing the condom yourself before or after use is not a reliable way to tell you anything.

Testing condoms yourself is basically a step shy of paranoia if you ask me. Instead, use condoms correctly and consistently.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your health care provider about taking PrEP going forward as an additional layer of HIV protection.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected 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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Hi, I am a male who a week back had sex with a female sex worker. She gave me oral sex with a condom on my penis. After a while I inserted my penis inside her vagina with the same condom on. Due to the tightness of her vagina and her displeasure I did not thrust but just removed my penis out in a few seconds. Then again inserted for a few seconds and removed. This is my sexual encounter.

My worry is that I did not change the condom (with which she gave me oral sex) while having vaginal insertion. I am afraid that during the oral sex her teeth might have made some minute holes on the condom. Usually I test with water after the sex, but this time I did not do. Am I at risk with the said encounter. Should I get tested over this incident?

Thank you for your great service to the humankind.
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