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Am I Infected? / Re: Should I get tested
« Last post by Sjose.sanchez on Today at 11:06:25 pm »
Thank you very much for the fast answer!
Am I Infected? / Re: Should I get tested
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 11:00:36 pm »
You did not contract the HIV via a small cut on your scrotum that touched your partner's vagina.

You would know whether the condom broke:  it would have been obvious to you.

There's no reason to test for HIV-antibodies, unless your anxiety is out of control.

If that's the case, test and put this behind you.

If you do test, I fully expect that you will conclusively test negative for HIV-antibodies.
Am I Infected? / Should I get tested
« Last post by Sjose.sanchez on Today at 10:54:48 pm »
A year ago I had sex with a sex worker. I have 2 worries:

1) I had a small cut on my scrotum from trimming approx 30 mins before the act, and as I gave her anal sex, my scrotum was in contact with the outside of her vagina.

2) I never checked if the condom broke, but I didn't have any strange sensation either.

We had sex for 7 mins aprox. That remains the only time I had sex.
Am I Infected? / Re: Truly Worried
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 10:46:25 pm »
None of the activities mentioned in your post is a mode of HIV-transmission.

Quite simply:  you did not have unprotected sex.  End of story.

Please access this link to read, learn, and understand how the virus is transmitted:


If you are ill, see a healthcare professional for evaluation.  Whatever symptoms you may think you have have nothing to due with HIV as a result of the activities in your post.
Am I Infected? / Truly Worried
« Last post by Zacky on Today at 07:59:19 pm »
Dear Poz Team,

I am a heterosexual male. Back in mid nov 2019, I engaged the services of a csw. I told her specifically the i wasnt looking anything more than a handjob. So we started off the session in a hot tub, filled with warm water.

While in the tub, she applied shower foam on my penis and start rubbing. I am a uncircumsized male so sometimes soap does gets overly sensitive for my penis with intense rubbing i.e abrasions. so i told her to stop but i believe theres already some abrasion on my penis at this point of time.

So we proceeded to the bed where she wanted to give me unprotected oral but i declined. We then did some frottage, caressing and petting but no fingering.

So she applied some massage oil on her hand and started with the handjob. During the act, i already can feel some pain on my foreskin. So when i took a shower afterwards in the room, the pain when water touches my penis was so unbearable. I believed severe abrasions has taken place. But i am sure her hands has no bleeding, cuts or open wound. And she looks and sounds like someone who knew the risks of not taking care of herself sexually from the conversation i had with her. I didnt give it much thought.

So a month later around mid dec, i had severe cough, running and blocked nose. It kinda subsided but linger tru out the period of later dec and jan until it got worse again yesterday with greenish phlegm and mucus. And since last week, my mouth and lips started to get really dry but i wouldnt know if its due to the blocked nose and hence using my mouth to breathe more, or down to anxiety or its truly seroconversion.

I am just afraid the dry mouth will cause ulcers which will add to my existing anxiety. As of today, i am still having dry mouth. And just this morning, I notice a small red spot on the ridge of my upper lip and seriously worried it will turn into a cold sore.

Last thursday, an itchy rash started on my right shoulder and chest, with some at my belly button region. Again, i could have got it from pollen allergy because i work in agriculture sector and that morning i was wearing a singlet and i felt some airborne hairy pollen brushing against my skin. The rash has already fully subsided yesterday but some itch still remains.

Just really worried I will experience night sweats and swollen lymph nodes next............

I have to add that I work in another country than my own, hence the need to do a medical which involves hiv test as well. I have underwent 4 such tests on a 2 year basis and they are always in the clear. My last test was done on 3rd Nov 2019, which came back all good. But I know all that means nothing now....

As of this point, I am aware that no one knows if thats sero symptoms and the only way to tell is by a test. I will definitely go for a test in march as I am sure theres no Gen 4 testing where I am but the symptoms are really driving me nuts and causing broken sleep tru out the nite which in turn causes fatigue. At times like these, every little out of the norm symptoms you question if its sero phase....

Truly appreciate your kind advice....
Vivir con el VIH / Re: Mudarse de pais!!!
« Last post by Cyborg on Today at 06:54:03 pm »
Hola Chicharito, ¿cómo te ha ido? Yo vivo en Alemania y acá lo que hay que hacer es mantenerse siempre en el sistema público de salud. El seguro médico es obligatorio y toca pagarlo al mes, y como estudiante tienes una cuota fija. Eso hay que arreglarlo desde antes. Lo que hacen varios estudiantes es venirse con un seguro médico privado y acá cambiarse al público o mantenerse con un seguro privado. Algunos de los privados son más baratos, pero por lo mismo te hacen pagar consultas y esperar rembolsos y esas cosas. Lo mejor sería gestionar tu inscripción a un seguro público desde antes y venirte con suficiente medicamento, de preferencia dos a tres meses de reserva. El privado yo ni lo intentaría, porque si tienes vih te cobran una millonada.
Vivir con el VIH / Symtuza en México
« Last post by Cyborg on Today at 06:36:24 pm »
Hola querido foro POZ, este es mi primer post acá y les saludo con un saludo galáctico, y de una con una pregunta para Mexicanos por acá.

Llevo ya varios años viviendo fuera de México, en Alemania, y pues del sistema de salud acá no me puedo quejar. Mi primer Antirretroviral fue el Triumeq, que tomé por un año hasta que se hizo patente que me estaba afectando psicológicamente. Sé por mi doctor y por San Google que en algunas personas el Triumeq puede generar depresiones y estados de salud mental pues ahem, no óptimos.

Cuando cambié al Symtuza fue de inmediato como si me quitaran una corriente eléctrica constante de los nervios y fui muy feliz.

Ahora, pasa que yo me infecté aquí, así que no tengo experiencia, más que lo que me cuentan mis amigos poz, del sistema de salud en México. Me pregunto, en el momento en que quiera regresar, ¿será posible continuar con el Symtuza? ¿O será que me la cambian por algo similar? La verdad el hecho de tener una sola pastilla y reducir al máximo el estrés por estar atendido y surtido es muy importante para mí. Sé que en México será un poquito más complicado y hay que hacer más filas y lidiar con un sistema más sobrecargado. Pero bueno, sería muy útil para mí saber qué me espera en cuanto a continuar el tratamiento.

Les mando besitos y les deseo lo mejorts.
Living With HIV / Re: HIV Local Resources
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 06:13:42 pm »
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Ensuring that drugs don't get contaminated during manufacturing is NOT "indirect patient safety" -- it is DIRECTLY about patient safety.  Ensuring that our pills don't have thinks like bits of metal, or any other ingredients that should be in them are of critical importance.

I think you're chasing some conspiracy theory that probably doesn't exist here.
Living With HIV / HIV Local Resources
« Last post by TGun on Today at 11:41:37 am »
Hi everyone,, i just moved to a new community in California, and im having a difficult time finding where the local resources are available for and HIV person.  is there any advice or websites out there where i can find local clinics, support groups etc.?
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