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Am I Infected? / Re: Protected anal with confirmed HIV+ stranger
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 05:19:43 pm »
Common issues that occurs in population groups regardless of HIV status. Thrush is so common that nearly every adult alive will experience it during their lifetime, your reading one opinion out of context.

HIV does not cause thrush, its simply an overgrowth.

Additional context is you had no HIV exposure from what you posted so if you ever acquire HIV it was not from this, also my comment remains that the most common initial HIV symptom shown by nearly 40 years of studies and observational history over million of infections is none whatsoever at least nothing noticeable.

So get over it already or not, choice is yours however I don't plan to entrain your delusions. If you post about this again its a 30 day ban.

Am I Infected? / Re: Protected anal with confirmed HIV+ stranger
« Last post by fireplace on Today at 05:01:37 pm »
I understand Jim that you have an abundance of people freaking out on here after kissing a stranger and the general go to response is to maintain people are negative unless they explicitly say they had unprotected sex, but there are many accounts of confirmed atypical incidents, and, for example, this recent study disagrees, and what it contains - namely, thrombocytopenia - are exactly what I am seeing up and down my leg in addition to the swollen lymph nodes etc.


I've never had anything like that appear before. Why now? The doctor gave me penicillin thinking I had some other viral like infection, but in the back of my head, I feel I knew more.

Are new studies like that bogus? Thoughts?
Off Topic Forum / The Joys of KOMBUCHA
« Last post by Irish Eyes on Today at 04:47:31 pm »
So prior to diagnosis I was 150-155lbs.
After sero and all that goes with it I was down to 135lbs.
Even with my poor eating habits I only ever got back up to 145lbs.

Add 1 bottle of kombucha to your diet and 6 weeks close to the bathroom, I'm back to 133lbs. and looking like death warmed up.

Enjoy :-)

So in mid-July I left my job and moved from San Diego to Palm Springs CA.(Riverside County)
My ADAP renewal will be early October, and as far as my doctor, and counsellor are concerned I'm still in San Diego (county), and on leave of absence from work.
I just emailed my counsellor and he advised that due to drop in income (which I should immediately update with Covered California) I may be referred to apply for Medi-Cal.
Are there any complications changing to Medi-Cal and coverage ?
Or what do I need to know ?

I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just Tested Positive One Month Ago
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 04:16:57 pm »

Welcome to the forum, sorry to hear about the diagnosis.
Have you started treatment and how are your labs looking?

Glad to hear you have a supportive partner to help you though the initial shock of being diagnosed.

In our very early time of dating, I did become unfaithful and had a casual encounter with one of previous partners.  I fell horrible about it because that haunts me everyday 

No point beating yourself up for what has happened, great that your partner has forgiven you?  and wants to move on in the relationship by the sounds of things, Perhaps you should do the same, forgive yourself already and stop letting this haunt you. I suppose in a way its pretty standard for newbies to dwell on things at first, just don't do it for too long as life move on.

As of now my days are up and down but for the most part they are pretty good.  I still work, do the gym thing, and continue my studies for graduate school.

Things will settle and, good luck with the studies, stay focused.

Am I Infected? / Re: Sex with commercial sex worker
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 04:08:00 pm »

I removed your post from the forum, overall the forum is for members living with HIV and off-limits, in short as a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread.


Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

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.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Please Note.
As a member of the AM I Infected Forum you are required to only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or the subject matter. You can find this thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here . It helps us to help you when you keep all your thoughts or questions in one thread and it helps other readers to follow the discussion. Any additional threads will be deleted.
I'm in California, and originally had Aetna Blue Cross (?), through Covered California, who messed up a few years ago and I paid a one time bill of perhaps a couple of thousand dollars. They ended up not renewing my coverage and I am currently with Molina Marketplace through Covered California.
When I first got coverage (upon diagnosis) there was an income limit for ADAP of $50K.
Thankfully I am able to adjust my income to just below that amount.
In general, other than the $2000 bill, I haven't had to pay a single dime for ANYTHING.
No copay, no medical insurance premiums, currently $432.00 per month, no blood draw, no medication, no nothing.

Am I Infected? / Re: Checking on risk level...
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 02:30:28 pm »
Nobody has ever been infected from getting their penis sucked, so its never happened, worrying about being the first person in human history is somewhat irrational.

So unless you beat him to a bloody pulp or he had a knife would to the face and blood was rushing all over the place needing urgent medical attention, my assessment is to move on with your life and relax.


Am I Infected? / Re: Checking on risk level...
« Last post by Worried_dude on Today at 02:24:12 pm »
Thank you, Jim. Appreciate the quick response. Regarding the first exposure mentioned, even a decent amount of blood in his mouth while performing a BJ on me wouldn’t change the risk level?

Funny enough, he just messaged me to say he tested HIV negative two weeks after this incident. I’m not due for my usual three month test for another month, otherwise I’d go get tested sooner.

Thanks again.

Sorry to hear your stuck for meds during your trip.

As we do not permit the buying or selling of HIV medication on the forum, I have updated your post slightly. If someone has spare and gives it to you that is a different story and can be done via Private Message.

Anyhow hope you get your meds sorted and you enjoy the rest of your trip.

Best, Jim.
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