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Living With HIV / MOVED: markraj - Introduction thread
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 10:26:12 pm »
I Just Tested Poz / markraj - Introduction thread
« Last post by markraj on Yesterday at 10:22:12 pm »
Hi Guys.
Greetings from Malaysia.I was diagnosed positive about 1 month ago and my CD count was 1046 .I think I was infected in January and had viral fever and rashes in February and the GP did blood test and said I was fine but deep down I knew I had hiv.Started my meds about 4 days ago even though I had the medication with me for more than 2 weeks was worried about starting after reading about all the side effects.What a relief after the first day no side effects.At 66 am taking this as a new challenge.
Am I Infected? / Re: HIV Symptoms - Oraquick negative
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 08:44:06 pm »
I suggest you work with your doctor to treat whatever is causing your issues, its not HIV related, whilst working on that with the doctor as you had unprotected intercourse you should also consider testing for far easier to transmit STI's

A negative HIV test at 13 weeks post exposure is conclusive, so if the incident posted here was your only encounter in the past 3 months than the results will not change.

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

Kind regards


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Am I Infected? / HIV Symptoms - Oraquick negative
« Last post by ederek on Yesterday at 08:28:00 pm »
I started experiencing a rash, night sweats, and sore throat a few weeks after engaging in unprotected sex. Initially my doctor suspected allergies and I was prescribed presidone for one week. The rash, which covered almost my entire body is now contained to my torso and arms. Sometimes my face gets really red. The rash tends to get better but suddenly worsens again. After doing some research, I saw that the symptoms I was experiencing may be a sign of a recent HIV infection. I took the oraquick home test and it produced negative results (it has been over 90 days since the encounter). The rash on my upper body looks like pictures of the “hiv rash” I have seen online. This has me very concerned. Should I be confident in the results and could another illnes be causing these symptoms?
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda andy . confundido con esto
« Last post by Locowocone on Yesterday at 05:37:22 pm »
Andy una ultima pregunta. Esas pruebas que te pinchan el dedo y ponen tu sangre en un casette.y da resultados en 15 minutos .  detecta ya alos 7 meses el vih. 1 y 2?? Lo digo por que mi pareja se iso esa prueba alos 7 meses .y dio negativo. ..  Es mi ultima pregunta gracias
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda andy . confundido con esto
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 05:11:02 pm »
Los sintomas si continuando son algo a discutir con tu doctor. 
A mi me parece tu estas el VIH negativo.

No voy a continuar una ronda interminable con tu sobre el VIH.

Si vuelves otra vez con mas dudas y miedos vas a ver tu acceso aqui terminado permanente.  Termina buscando  por una problema que no existe con el VIH.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Condon delgadito
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 05:06:06 pm »
Yo creo para a ser seguro de tu estado negativo es sabio a probar.  Porque vive con dudas?
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda:/, por favor estoy muy preocupado
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 05:04:08 pm »
La copula sin un condon es un riesgo, pero en tu caso el riesgo es muy bajo.  Para ser seguro de tu estado negativo prueba primero a 6 semanas.  Si esa resultado sera negativo como estoy esperando, es casi seguro sera conclusivmente negativo a 12 semanas.  Ninguno do tu sintomas es el VIH especifico.
In Memoriam / Instagram Memorial
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 04:18:27 pm »
Instagram's AIDS memorial is a moving tribute to those who have passed and those who remember them:

I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newly diagnosed with low CD4 count
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 03:56:15 pm »
technically in the US if your CD4 count is less than 200 it is AIDS but I have yet to have any of my doctors or state nurses call it that.
using the word "AIDS" is an issue muddied by history and stigma.

In the beginning of the epidemic, before the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was discovered, people were already sick and dying of a heretofore unknown disease. This "collection" of opportunistic infections and death was called AIDS ("acquired immune deficiency syndrome"). Eventually as more knowledge was gained, HIV infection became defined in 4 basic stages:

1) Acute HIV Infection (a short period of time right after initial infection)

2) Chronic HIV Infection - asymptomatic HIV infection (once infected, a person is always infected, hence it is a chronic condition. Asymptomatic means without symptoms. Successfully treated patients (those whose HIV is virally suppressed i.e. undetectable) are in the category)

3) Chronic HIV Infection - symptomatic HIV infection (once infected, a person is always infected, hence it is a chronic condition. Symptomatic means with symptoms. UNtreated patients, and often those in the earliest days of treatment who are still dealing with OIs, are in the category)

4) Advanced HIV Infection - formerly known as "AIDS" (patients with low cd4s and high viral loads, and OIs are in this category. Many public health organizations and departments consider AIDS to be defined as the situation at a cd4 <200 and at least one opportunistic infection.)

so historically we called it "AIDS" before knowing what caused the syndrome of health issues, instead of using the more accurate "advanced HIV". Now, we're trying to switch to "advanced HIV" because it's more technical and accurate, and because of the stigma and negative connotations surrounding the word "AIDS". However, if your cd4 is <200 and you have an OI, then you technically have "AIDS". Nowadays in America, just being <200 cd4s is referred to as AIDS or advanced HIV because that allows a broader range of people (people with less than 200 cd4s who are with or without OIs) to receive treatment (to qualify through various funding options like the Ryan White Care Act).

I'm sure I will be getting blips as time goes on
blips (viral load jumps of over 2000 or more) are fairly rare on successful treatment (ie viral suppression/undetectable). Often they are attributable to lab error if the patients are still being adherent to their regimen) However, "micro-blips" (not a real thing. just something the forum members use to describe the relatively minor fluctuations (<1000) in HIV viral load. You really need to patent this word, Cavey. You'd make a fortune on just how much I use it when talking to newbies with their first micro-blips :D ) are a little more common and of no consequence. (especially blips of less than 200 as that amount is used to determine "viral suppression" in studies) Always remember: lab results are only a snapshot of one moment in time. Knowing that we all still have small reservoirs of virus, we should never be surprised to see these small micro blips every once in a full blue moon.
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