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So if I understand correctly your concern is taking separate tablets not switching from triple therapy to dual treatment.

You have been on ART for 23 years, I am sure there are several separate drugs you took during that time that later on became or are part of a single fixed-dose pill option today.

If you take 50 mg Dolutegravir and 300 mg Lamivudine as a single fixed-dose pill or as two separate pills it's the same active ingredients and will work the same. What did your doctor say about the change? I hope the switch works for you and keep us posted on how you get on.

Hello good people
Kindly guide me on my recent decision to take 300mg 3tc and 50 mg dtg as separate tablets
I am tired of TDF, decided to make stop taking TDF, only taking 3tc and dtg
Any body with experience on taking them this way
I'm worried abt if this okay
Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 07:06:35 pm »
We provide HIV risk assessments & education and nothing we say is going to assist you long term. I presume you are working with a psychiatrist, keep working with them and if you don't have a psychiatrist consider seeing one.

I wish you well but please don't post about contact with objects again. Thank you
Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 07:00:05 pm »
You're welcome, it's zero HIV risk.

The only way to acquire HIV from a sharp object outside of an occupational setting would be if you had been sharing syringes to inject drugs.

Accidental contact with any sharp objects including needles in the community setting isn't an HIV risk.

Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Last post by Floridaboy1992 on Yesterday at 06:49:43 pm »
Okay thanks. I was just curious since it had touched and rubbed the scratch a couple of times for about 1 second.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 06:38:01 pm »
Zero HIV risk
Do I Have HIV? / Re: HIV Paranoia and OCD.. Help
« Last post by Floridaboy1992 on Yesterday at 06:04:25 pm »
Hello. Hate to be back again after a few days, but Iím fighting my HIV phobia and ocd as hard as I can until I get tested again in September for my annual physical. At work last night, I dug into my bookbag and felt a hard poke on my index finger. Nothing super painful but I got worried (even though itís my own backpack) either my screwdriver poked me or something else. Then I looked and saw a very thin hairline scratch with no blood on my finger.

So this morning I had to use my screwdriver again and a couple of times it had accidentally rubbed and grazed on my hairline scratch. Looks like the skin was starting to split but it also looks like it could have been there for a few days at the same time. But Iím worried about the head of the screwdriver grazing over it a couple times when I was messing with it. Iím still trying to learn about inanimate objects and HIV. I only use the screwdriver and sometimes my coworkers borrow the screwdriver as well.

Could that put me at risk for HIV or Hep C since the screwdriver head touched and grazed my small hairline scratch on my finger? And is it possible to contract HIV from a tool like a screwdriver in my situation, if not much worse? Iíve always been paranoid about sharp objects poking me.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Oral
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 02:41:20 pm »
in the major studies, were the patients not on treatment in the instances where it was known they were serodiscordant? Thank you.

The strongest patient studies were conducted over a decade showing no HIV infection from oral sex, both receiving and giving with an HIV-positive partner regardless of treatment status, it was a great indicator.

However, it is also somewhat irrelevant or prehaps better said the weakest form of evidence on its own. You had no HIV risk as your concerns lack any of the biological conditions needed.

Now, if you had given someone a blowjob, the risk would be minute, so much so that testing would not be warranted outside of the yearly HIV testing routine, however, you did not even have that minute (near negligible) risk as it was a sex worker who sucked your penis, so zero HIV risk, no drama required, get over it and move on with your life.

Anyone who continues to post excessively, questioning a conclusive negative result or no-risk situation, will be subject to a four week Time Out (a temporary ban from the Forums). If you continue to post excessively after one Time Out, you may be given a second Time Out which will last eight weeks. There is no third Time Out - it is a permanent ban. The purpose of a Time Out is to encourage you to seek the face-to-face help we cannot provide on this forum.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Oral
« Last post by Informedadvice on Yesterday at 01:46:21 pm »
Hi Jim/ team,

Sorry to be annoying- reading Dr. Handsfield, itís seems heís reluctant to say that insertive oral is 0 risk. I know itís still low risk but whatís the reason for this? Also, in the major studies, were the patients not on treatment in the instances where it was known they were serodiscordant? Thank you.

Living With HIV / Re: "HOPE DIES LAST"
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 09:01:59 am »

           ojo.             Well, Iím glad you donít have to deal with drop foot and toe because it is a pain in the butt, Literally, especially when you try to sleep you do not know in what position to sleep on your mattress.

And yes, youíre right, nobody else talks about the toxicity of the medication, are we lucky?. Definitely, as you said, the advancement in technology itís making this condition livable with less side effects.Ö Thanks again for replying and hugs.
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