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Living With HIV / Re: Iím stuck in Uganda and my drugs runout shortly
« Last post by harleymc on Yesterday at 08:42:19 pm »
I had a bit of a search on line, the only UK pharmacies I could find were charging thousands of pounds for stribild.

It may be worth visiting a local doctor to change your medications to something that can be sourced as a generic online.

Agree with posts above.

Have also been through quite a bit in my life.

Yet, this COVID-19 situation is challenging my Mental Health,

Trying to keep my Spirits up with activities in the midst of other issues.

It doesn't help to witness some of the screwball behaviors of government folk.

Other social segments either.

A huge World Hug to Frontline Medical Staff and Other Professionals. 

Several of whom have lost their lives in the process.

If there ever was a time to Imagine and make It Real for all humans to come together as one, it is now.


Living With HIV / Re: ** Coronavirus thread **
« Last post by J.R.E. on Yesterday at 04:09:58 pm »

 I Subscribe to newsletters. One of those I subscribe to is Medpage Today :


Anyway,, I had a newsletter yesterday from them that brought a smirk to my face. This is satirical.


The title of this article was :

CDC: Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Ready for Refusal By Anti-Vaxxers By 2021

Couple quotes from the article:

"Opportunity to decline, refuse, and reject a potentially life-saving vaccine as early as possible"  :P

CDC officials announced Tuesday that they believe the new vaccine currently under development aimed at controlling the rapidly spreading SARS-CoV-2 virus -- responsible for causing COVID-19 -- will be approved and ready to be utterly rejected by those in the anti-vaccination (anti-vax) movement by next year.

"This is an exciting development," said Eric Polsky, director of the CDC's Novel Vaccination Program, "and we will work tirelessly to ensure all anti-vaxxers have the opportunity to decline, refuse, and reject this potentially life-saving vaccine as early as possible."

The announcement has many in the anti-vaccination movement excited, including a local woman present at the press conference, who noted, "I just get such a thrill from ignoring mountains of scientific evidence at the danger of threatening the world around me, and the chance to do that by yet again opting out of a critical vaccine is just delightful."

Am I Infected? / Re: Ulcer on outer foreskin and hiv transmission risk
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 03:55:43 pm »
How do i help my partner when i feel she betrayed me and maybe knew already she was infected and did not share with me.I do care about her.

Stop making it about you firstly. Betrayed ... You had sex, get over it and be supportive. 
Am I Infected? / Re: Ulcer on outer foreskin and hiv transmission risk
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 03:51:42 pm »
This is what you need to know, nothing more, nothing less about what you posted.

HIV can't transmit through an intact latex or polyurethane condom. If a condom fails during the act of intercourse it's obvious to the insertive partner. There is no reason to be stressing about intercourse ss long as this obvious issue did not happen. The ulcer was not a route, don't overthink it.

As for water testing after the fact, this tells me you have a touch of issues, anxiety or paranoia already...

There is no way or need for you to "test" condoms, if you test the condom before you use it this can weaken the condom, making it more likely to break during use. So don't and, also never test a condom after you use it either. Instead, immediately dispose of the condom in the bin.

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 all out paranoia if you ask me. Instead, use condoms correctly and consistently, seek support for your anxiety.

she came out positive

No, she didn't ... She may have had a reactive screening test, it's common and so she will need to follow-up with her healthcare provider to get confirmation testing done.

If she is indeed living with HIV then what you need to know is that with treatment she can live a perfectly full and normal long life. The treatment also offers a benefit that once she achieves an undetectable viral load for at least 6 months, she can not sexually transmit HIV.

This is also known as Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U)

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 starting PrEP going forward as an additional layer of protection against HIV

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 easier to transmit 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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Am I Infected? / Re: Ulcer on outer foreskin and hiv transmission risk
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 03:40:40 pm »
be brutally honest .

Words best not said to me... I will get back to you shortly
Am I Infected? / Ulcer on outer foreskin and hiv transmission risk
« Last post by Ndaneta on Yesterday at 03:22:45 pm »
I urgently need your help

I had you help people in a lot in such situations as mine

I had sex with my girlfriend while i had a closed ulcer on the outer layer of my penis foreskin.I used a condom and it did don't leak.I tested by pouring water in it after sex.I noticed  fluids on my ulcer after sex  which i assumed might have been vaginal fluids that went onto the sore since it was located at the edge of the condom and might/not have been completely so might have met vaginal fluids during sex.

Out of her instance We got tested at a pharmacy next morning and she came out positive while i was found negative.The tests where done twice just to confirm.

She professed no knowledge of having known before and is not on treatment.I got started on Pep at @ hour24.About my sore they come and go every year and i have been tested for stds but all always come negative.i am worid.

My questions are .

1. Will my sore increase the chances that i am now hiv positive though the sore was closed(More like a blister ripening)though it did not pop during sex  and was not open.Do condoms really work .

2.I only started Pep at hour 24hr does it really work or its just to comfort people.I was given tenofir and atazanir

3.How do i help my partner when i feel she betrayed me and maybe knew already she was infected and did not share with me.I do care about her.

4.What std could my sore be i will try to enclose picture

5.Two weeks into Pep i am always so tired is it normal or am i seroconverting.

6.Can vaginal fluid leak into condom from condom end edges and flow to uretha or ulcers.

Please help and be brutally honest .

I can't find how to insert image though but at the time of writing the sore is gone .It usually disappears after a week each year for the last 3yrs.[img]
Living With HIV / Re: ** Coronavirus thread **
« Last post by ivanm on Yesterday at 02:46:46 pm »
Hi Jim, hi everyone.

I'm new to this forum, so here is a brief presentation of me: I'm from Mexico (so pardon the grammar), 35, and I do journalism (opinion, commentary, not reporting) for a living. I was diagnosed last October. My first CD4 results were 70 and VL 71000, I started ART (biktarvy) on October 9th and for December 1st the results were 316 and VL 71.

We here in Mexico have two main state health insurance for workers, but not for freelances (like me), who can access another state-based service (nationwide but administrated by local governments; actually we had some changes, but never mind for this post; just think of something like obamacare). So everyone who tested positive in the country have free-access to medication, laboratories, medical services, etc... and we specifically in Mexico City (the capital of the country) have a very organized and professional specialized clinic (Condesa). I am very grateful for this so my experience as a PLWHIV has been very "comfortable" and easy going thanks to the people who work at Condesa (I didn't use to go to a dentist or dermathologist on a regular basis, for example, they have a group of them and specialized on HIV and aids-related infections).

I was an occasionally reader of POZ, and recently included it as part of my routine. Since coronavirus I started to check out this forum also on a daily basis.

So... I was not very anxious (I can stay at home and been here, doing the grocery shop online and that), but had some concerns as we enter just this week on a quarantine (and not a major one as NYC or LA) AND information on the pandemic and public health policies have been not very clear or professional (we have a Fauci but also our very Trump in chief). I had a scheduled refill and scheduled labs. From social media, Condesa Clinic was clear that the services were not going to be suspended, but then they canceled labs for people who have a healthy and controlled situation (like me, past labs results were very fine at all, I have no comorbidities; I would love to have new CD4 and VL count but the laboratory that made this two is the National Institute for Respiratory issues, so I understand they are on a crisis and I can wait).

They encouraged us by e-mail or messages on social media that if not necessary or an emergency, just go to the clinic to get your meds when they finish. We regularly have to go there every month for a one month supply...

And, this is why I wanted to post this, just if there is someone of you curious about situations in other countries: I just checked in the office today, gave my clinic-ID, they checked on the system and I got three months supply, just as main world health and aids organizations are suggesting.

So... we are ok in here, I can imagine some people are more anxious, those who have to work outside or those with another health issued like diabetes or arterial hypertension but we as PLWHIV are safe and at least with a stock of pills at home for three months.

Best for all, and thank you Jim for your work here. Stay safe and if possible, stay at home.

I don't recall having experienced the aids epidemic as unnerving as this COVID shit.
As of today here in the Netherlands another 148 deaths as of yesterday, bringing the total up to 1487 and 502 new infections.
Off Topic Forum / Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
« Last post by em on Yesterday at 01:20:56 am »
just in case anyone out there who might be to young to know who Gloria Gaynor is and the song I will survive.

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