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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Needle stick at HIV testing centre
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 11:38:59 pm »

You have conclusively tested negative over the needle stick injury.

I live in a country where sex before marriage is not allowed and considered a sin.

It still happens though. So if in the future you do or have done so in the past don't get caught, use condoms if available and test yearly for STI's & HIV.

Best, Jim.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Needle stick at HIV testing centre
« Last post by Fonseka511 on Today at 11:27:59 pm »
I'm not sexsually active. I live in a country where sex before marriage is not allowed and considered a sin. This was my first job. Never thought this would end like this.
I want to make my mind. Should I retest?
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Needle stick at HIV testing centre
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 11:17:19 pm »

He told me to get an anothet HIV test. should I do another test ?

Sure routine testing if you are or have been sexually active is recommended, at least yearly out of standard routine.

As for LGE, it was once incorrectly thought to be directly related to HIV infection. We now know it's not as other immune issues can also cause this problem. 

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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Do I Have HIV? / Needle stick at HIV testing centre
« Last post by Fonseka511 on Today at 11:11:12 pm »
Last September 2020 I had a needle stick injury. And I followed all the guildlines except taking pep. I refused to take it.I know it was a foolish thing but At that time I didnt worry about too much. my hiv test at 12 week is negative and again I did hiv test at 20 weeks to ease my anexety is negative. (Both tests are Ag/Ab combo tests).My fears have started now after I notice Linear gingival erythema on my gingiva a week earlier. It is confirmed by a dentist.I told him my exposure. He told me to get an anothet HIV test. should I do another test ? I'm worried and deaparate what to do next?please someone answer
Thank you.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Deported
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 08:49:42 pm »
No need for antibiotics as I think the CD4 was within the norm.
if your cd4 count <200 then you would need to take an antibiotic (bactrim/septra) as a preventative/prophylaxis against the aids-related pneumonia PCP.

don't get too hung up on cd4 numbers. there really isn't a "norm" but a range. The "normal" range is anywhere from 400 to 1200 (it's a very big range). Also it's a measure of the quantity of cd4s cells and not a measure of the quality of your immune system. How strong your immune system is dependent on the genetics you got from your parents. Some people with low cd4s don't get sick much while others with high cd4s can get ill. What really matters is getting and keeping your viral load below 200

In the end, all we can do to help our cd4 count (immune system) is to be adherent to antiretrovirals (meds to stop HIV from replicating, which stops HIV from destroying tcells), and all the regular "living well" stuff - exercise, good diet, reduce stess, etc.
You're welcome.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: HIV and Syphilis
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 05:44:11 pm »
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: Retiring and relocating?
« Last post by BKKKevin on Today at 12:16:03 pm »
I'm of a similar quandary... I was retired and living in Thailand for the last 15 years but recently the Government there has made long term retirement visas very unpredictable and the availability of HIV medications that were easily/cheaply sourced at the Bangkok Red Cross has also been reported to be changing...

I am now a resident of California and covered under the ACA (Im still under 65)... But I am looking at Mexico (Puerto Vallarta) as my main retirement spot and just returning to the US periodically for bi-annual checkups and to pick up my meds that are sent to my domicile PO Box in Palm Springs...

I like the stability of having my US doctor and medications source and plan to maintain it long term as it is highly likely one will have to return to the US at later date either because they are forced out of a country or when when one gets too old...

Basically don't burn your bridges and have a plan B to any life abroad...

I should also mention that I maintain a 6 month supply of HIV meds on hand that was easily sourced while liven in Thailand... One could easily visit Thailand as a tourist and acquire the meds to give them a nice safety net for any country they choose to live..
I Just Tested Poz / Re: HIV and Syphilis
« Last post by s.papadas1 on Today at 10:44:22 am »
Thank you very much Jim. As always a crystal clear reassuring message received. Highly appreciated. I have set immense focus on continuously increasing my CD4 as an indicator of great health despite HIV. thanks a lot
I Just Tested Poz / Re: HIV and Syphilis
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 09:21:01 am »
Your doctor is correct in so far that your CD4 count is fine and nothing to worry about.

am following a very healthy diet and lifestyle and a daily adherence to the minute on my meds

So am I but my CD4 count does not really care about it.

See CD4's will vary, they don't measure overall health and now they are above the 200 and your viral load is suppressed the count is not important anymore. They can jump by 100 points a day and it means nothing.

Looking at my last few CD4 counts: 800 - 848 - 1140 - 670 and most recent 610 between 36? to 42%. 

Is 1140 better than 600? Should I be worried? Is this because I ate a burger at MD's as a treat or had a late night once? No is the answer to all these things.

I did not even blink at these changes and will continue to ignore them as long as it's above 200 or 14% and my viral load is suppressed.

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