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Estoy infectado? / Re: Posible infección Sexo oral Insertivo
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 01:18:45 pm »
Te estás enfocando en un aspecto y no entiendes las barreras de la infección.

Cualquier los detalles recibiendo el sexo oral no es un riesgo por el VIH y no hay ningun riesgo confirmado de transmicion desde esa moda.

No hay riesgo de vih, a menos que hayas tenido otros encuentros sexuales que no hayas mencionado aquí. No vamos a continuar una ronda de dudas, sigue con tu vida.

Como eres sexualmente activo, hágase la prueba para detectar el VIH y las ITS por lo menos una vez al año.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Posible infección Sexo oral Insertivo
« Last post by jon1996 on Today at 12:35:15 pm »
Hola! Tengo una duda que no me está dejando dormir

El día de ayer un hombre me practicó Sexo oral y tenía una herida dentro de su boca, esa misma herida estaba sangrando yo minutos antes de verme con el me había más turbado y al parecer se me había irritado el cuerpo del pene y tenía micro heridas por que me ardía un poco, este chico acaba de confirmarme que tiene VIH y no está medicado por ahora, tengo miedo de que la sangre de su boca halla logrado a mi torrente sanguíneo a través de las micro heridas que tenía en el cuerpo del pene causadas por la irritación. Ayuda porfavor no se si comenzar a tomar el POS antes del tiempo indicado
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Early blip a concern?
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 08:05:19 am »
I felt like a yo-yo
this is a really interesting comment. Many people (if not most) seem to think that our body functions work in straight-line functions. In our situation that would be thinking that the viral load goes straight down to zero, with no blips back up; or CD4s going straight up from 200 to 1000 with no dips. That is not how bodies work. All day long, your blood pressure, temperature, cd4 and 1000s of other functions jump around. You could take 20 tests in a day and get 20 answers.

Taking meds don't even work in a straight-line function. An antibiotic doesn't immediately wipe out all the bacteria. It can take a week or more of antibiotics to completely do the job. ARVs don't immediately kill off HIV. ARVs simply stop viral replication of some of the free-floating virus. As time goes by, there is less and less virus, and so the med efficiency actually gets better as there are more meds in your body and less HIV.

a few other notes of interest to mention:
successful HIV treatment as defined in scientific studies as a viral load of <200. The word "undetectable" is not an accurate medical term. While there is test an expensive test that can accurately count down to a VL of 2, the average test these days counts to 20, labeling that as "undetectable" or "not detected". A micro-blip of cd4 count less than 200 means absolutely nothing to your health or effectiveness of the meds.

a single test with any size blip (25 to 5 million), especially when someone has remained adherent, means little by itself. Since our body functions are so variable, some results (like cd4 and VL) need to be viewed as the result of at least 3 tests over at least 3 months time. For example, viral load counts of UD, 250, UD graph out basically as a straight line of no change. Another example, a VL of 250k, 10k, 20k, 200, UD graphs out to a downward trend, even with that blip of 10 to 20k.

Unfortunately, HIV is never completely eradicated by the meds, and some latent HIV remains in reservoirs in our bodies. (that's why we have to keep taking meds for our lifetime) At any time, some of this HIV could become active and register if you are tested at that moment. this could easily result in a small "blip" that doesn't mean med failure.

Back in 2014 when I was diagnosed, 50 was the cut off for UD.
in 1992 (when I was diagnosed) there wasn't a viral load test. By 1996 (when I was first hospitalized with AIDS and PCP), a test had been developed that could count only as low at 10k. by 1998 (when I was hospitalized a second time with PCP), a viral load of 500 or less was considered successful treatment.
On January 20, 2006 I was diagnosed with HIV. It was a cold day on a Friday. When I learned of the results I blanked. I felt faint. I was 20 yrs old at the time. So you can imagine my 21st birthday (😭😣)All I could ask the nurse was, "Am I gonna die?"  I went to my room (I was a junior in college) and cried myself to sleep. I distanced myself from so many. I was hurt and embarrassed. How could I have allowed this to happen to myself? No one will want me.
.....15yrs later...... I'm still here.
I started out on Atripla. Took it for years. Obtained an Undetectable viral load. Then switched to Stribild, Genvoya and now Triumeq which I've been on the past few yrs. (I switched so much due to other health reasons. )

This is not the end. When you're diagnosed it feels as if life is drowning you but there's a bright side. I am healthy with an Undetectable viral load. I know it's tough. The tears, beating yourself up for certain choices. But STOP✋🏾 You can't change the past. And who knows, crazy things happen for weird reasons. Use it to inspire. To educate and bring awareness. Sometimes you can only relate to a person if they're going through the same thing you are. Be that inspiration. Be that hope for someone. You can live...and thrive...and survive.  And if anyone tries to make you feel bad...f*** them and everything that comes along with them. Stay strong. Stay powerful. Stay you. Stay positive. It'll all be fine. Just like wine..It'll all be fine. 😘❤🧡💛💚💙💜
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Early blip a concern?
« Last post by texashouston1 on Today at 12:33:20 am »
Thank you everyone.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Early blip a concern?
« Last post by Mightysure on Yesterday at 10:41:34 pm »
Hi Texas,

It isn't technically a blip. Back in 2014 when I was diagnosed, 50 was the cut off for UD.

Not sure why your doctor wanted labs so soon after your vaccine shot, but you were in the window when your body is still making antibodies for Covid.

So it is probably like Jim said, just your immune system shedding some of your reservoir and the test is picking on that.

I wouldn't be too concerned at this point.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Hep B vaccine
« Last post by nethan1621 on Yesterday at 09:14:07 pm »
Thank you for sharing, i was scared that my already gifted big virus started to play with me :-\ .. as you said back to normal now.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Early blip a concern?
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 04:36:03 pm »
I also found this link on blips..

I was diagnosed in 2014 and it took me over 6 months for my viral load to go from 230,000 to 110.
For the first 3 years I would jump from an UD viral load to something under 200 while on triumeq, I felt like a yo-yo. But since 2017, I have not seen a blip and still on the same medication.

Not insinuating that this will happen to you, I had the virus for over 10 years before the aids diagnosis.. just saying you are doing well and one blip, especially in the beginning of treatment, is nothing to over worry about.

Your doctor is keeping an eye on your viral load "just in case", but if you're adherent to your treatment chances are that the blip is nothing but a blip.

It's like turning off a water faucet.. it drips a little bit before it totally dries up  ;)
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Hep B vaccine
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 03:51:01 pm »
Yes, I've gotten those same reactions (mostly fatigue) from the HBV vaccines, as well as the shingles vaccine.. but it went away after a couple days. My take is that those antibodies making themselves at home, and my immune system was just reacting to it's new neighbor.

If it last for more than a couple of days I'd get with my doctor. Hope you feel better soon.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Hep B vaccine
« Last post by nethan1621 on Yesterday at 10:20:00 am »
I got my first jab Hep B vaccination, exactly after six days i feel chill and fever like symptoms… anybody with same experience?
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