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Am I Infected? / Re: anal fingers and licking
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 02:18:58 am »

What you posted is no HIV risk whatsoever.

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.  Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention going forward.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for transmission of other far easier to acquire 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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Living With HIV / Re: AIDS
« Last post by anniebc on Today at 02:15:13 am »
Hi Lis :-*  I remember you, so glad to hear yo are still with us. I don't come in much any more, and like Skeebo I miss the old crew, some are still around, just not posting and some we have lost. :'(

I can only hope you have more good days than bad sweet lady.

Jan (Anniebc)
Am I Infected? / anal fingers and licking
« Last post by ballal on Yesterday at 11:45:48 pm »

Couple of months ago I went to massage parlor. I fingered the masseuse vagina. Later I fingered her anal and suddenly I place the anal finger in her mouth and we had rough smooch.

Also later I touched her nipples with same anal finger and I licked it. I don't remember I have cuts in mouth or not.

After 4-5 weeks I am startes getting small redesh pimples on my arms and face. Also in few body parts(arms , stomach, Thighs) I am feeling itchy but no pimples.

I am really worried about it. I am not sure if I am infected or not  :-X .Please help me !!!
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Aging, HIV and planning for the future
« Last post by harleymc on Yesterday at 06:53:27 pm »
It's Interesting how different systems affect our retirement options.

I'm 57 but my husband is 64. We won't be  able to get any govt assistance while I am under retirement age , 67 for my generation.

I earn a reasonable income to support myself but have no idea how we will cope if I have to support us both. Rent alone will take up over half of my post-tax income. It's doable, just.
Living With HIV / Re: Smoking cannabis every day
« Last post by harleymc on Yesterday at 06:36:01 pm »
What do you hope to gain by seeking external validation for habitual drug taking?
Living With HIV / Re: Smoking cannabis every day
« Last post by MadDog125 on Yesterday at 06:17:06 pm »
Crazy thought.  Given the inflammatory effects of smoking anything, would it be better to make edibles?  Same effect easier on the lungs?

Welcome to the forum.
As we do not allow duplicate posting some of your posts have been removed.

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Thank you.

Hi everyone (Saludos a todos),

To be honest nothing really new, the threshold for optimal adherence has been shown before in data & studies to be wider than the 90-95% goal, though I think it's still wise to aim for maximum adherence


Newer HIV Regimens May Require Less Strict Adherence
A new study indicates that the level of adherence required for viral suppression may be lower than previously understood.

Background: A benchmark of near-perfect adherence (≥95%) to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is often cited as necessary for HIV viral suppression. However, given newer, more effective ART medications the threshold for viral suppression might be lower. We estimated the minimum ART adherence level necessary to achieve viral suppression.

Settings: The Patient-centered HIV Care Model demonstration project.

Methods: Adherence to ART was calculated using the Proportion of Days Covered (PDC) measure for the 365-day period prior to each viral load test result, and grouped into five categories (<50%, 50%-<80%, 80%-<85%, 85%-<90%, and ≥90%). Binomial regression analyses were conducted to determine factors associated with viral suppression (HIV RNA <200 copies/mL); demographics, PDC category and ART regimen type were explanatory variables. Generalized estimating equations with an exchangeable working correlation matrix accounted for correlation within subjects. In addition, probit regression models were used to estimate adherence levels required to achieve viral suppression in 90% of HIV viral load tests.

Results: The adjusted odds of viral suppression did not differ between persons with an adherence level of 80%-<85% or 85%-<90% and those with an adherence level of ≥90%. Additionally, the overall estimated adherence level necessary to achieve viral suppression in 90% of viral load tests was 82% and varied by regimen type; integrase inhibitor- and non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor-based regimens achieved 90% viral suppression with adherence levels of 75% and 78%, respectively.

Conclusions: The ART adherence level necessary to reach HIV viral suppression may be lower than previously thought and may be regimen dependent.

Estoy infectado? / Re: Dudas y muchos miedos
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 04:16:26 pm »
1)El VIH es muy fragil. En poco tiempo fuera del cuerpo no puede transmitirlo fiable.

No vamos a continuar una ronda de dudas y preguntas contigo. Si vuelves con mas dudas, etc. vas a ver tu acceso aqui bloquado. (por 28 dias.)

2) Irrelevant!

El sexo sin protección, incluso con su pareja, está aceptando un riesgo de VIH. Para quedar el VIH negativo no es complicado: usa los condones para la copula. Punto.
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