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Thank you for your reply! Hopefully, the result will be negative and I will have to do some thinking about PrEP. I usually check condoms after sex so the chance of condom failing that I didn't know is probably small.
prepcurious:  I moved your post to the "Am I Infected" board because you are awaiting the results of your 4th gen test for HIV antibodies, though I understand your question appears to be related to future activities so could, arguably, be placed in the "How Can I Prevent HIV?" board in which you had placed it.

Presuming that you mean that you also engage in receiving "rimming," though the chances may be "low" for contracting rectal gonorrhea, it can be contracted that way if the person doing the "rimming" has throat gonorrhea (just as someone receiving unprotected oral sex can contract gonorrhea from someone with throat gonorrhea):


So, you may have received anal gonorrhea that way.

It usually is obvious when condoms fail, but there is always a small chance that they have failed even if it is not clearly evident, but that chance is probably a smaller chance than you would have had by contracting the anal gonorrhea by someone who had throat gonorrhea.  But condoms, even properly used, do fail (very rarely), and that is probably why you were advised to take the 4th gen test (and why I moved your post).

Whether you go on PrEP for future activities is your decision in consultation with your doctor and your peace of mind when you engage in future sexual activities (even though you may practice "safer sex" with condoms).

Remember, there is no such thing as "safe" sex, but there is such a thing as "safer" sex, which is what condom use implies.
This topic has been moved to the "Am I Infected" board.

Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: Illinois ADAP
« Last post by Buckmark on Today at 06:03:10 PM »
Distributions from 401Ks or IRAs are reported as taxable income.  It's a pretty safe bet that ADAP has to treat this as income, since it is reported to the IRS.  Looks like the Illinois ADAP application for specifically asks for IRA distributions.  You can pretty much bet they mean 401K distributions too, and though there might be an arcane exception, I suspect it is wishful thinking.  Even if it is not treated as income this year, it will be considered an asset the next year, which might be problematic for ADAP too.

Why don't you do a rollover of your 401K into an IRA?  Then you can control when you make withdrawals, which will still be counted as income, and subject to the same 10% penalty unless you are over 59 1/2.   You could time the withdrawals so they are not all in the same year, and don't put you over the ADAP limit.  Most ADAP plans don't include qualified retirement accounts in your assets.  Also, IRAs and 401Ks allow for hardship withdrawals which are penalty-free (but still counted as income), but they have to meet very specific requirements.

If you decide to do a rollover, make sure the money doesn't come to you directly, but goes directly from your employer's 401K to where you will open your IRA.  Otherwise it could get treated as income. 

Best of luck...

Am I Infected? / Re: test are conclusive?
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 06:01:59 PM »
Correct, no further testing for HIV antibodies is needed due to the incident described.
Am I Infected? / Re: test are conclusive?
« Last post by nyknicks88 on Today at 05:48:56 PM »
so that means no further testing is needed? thanks for your quick response.
I'm a gay male at a university in the US. I usually engage in oral sex (rimming + blowjob) about once a week and receptive anal sex (less often), using condoms 100% of the time for anal. My doctor has been talking to me about PrEP but I decided not to be on it because I use condoms for anal and I take creatine for bodybuilding and have a relatively high creatinine level, though still in the healthy range.

However, I recently tested positive for oral and rectal gonorrhea. No surprise about oral really but I still don't know how I got the rectal one. I haven't had an incident with condom breaking as far as I know, and rimming and fingering are considered low-risk for gonorrhea. Now I'm thinking about whether a condom broke that I didn't know of. I just had the 4th gen test for HIV today and will find out the result tomorrow. Now I'm considering PrEP if the result turns out to be negative, as positive rectal gonorrhea is one of the considerations here: https://www.projectinform.org/pdf/prep_msm.pdf

"Have you been treated recently for a non-oral STD, such as
chlamydia or rectal gonorrhea?"

My question is should I seriously consider PrEP based on my positive rectal gonorrhea result?
Am I Infected? / Re: test are conclusive?
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Today at 05:30:18 PM »
Generally, experts recommend testing for HIV antibodies six weeks after potential exposure then at 13 weeks past exposure for confirmation of the six weeks test.

So, yes, your tests are conclusive for the incident about which you are concerned.
Am I Infected? / test are conclusive?
« Last post by nyknicks88 on Today at 05:11:49 PM »

I had a exposure about half an year ago and have gotten tested multiple times. there was a condom that broke with a csw. i have tested with the following:

1)alere determine antibody/antigen duo test@ 6 weeks negative
2)oraquick at home oral swab @ 3 months negative
3)alere determine antibody/antigen duo test @ 10 months
4)insti rapid test at 60 secs 4th gen @ 10 months
5)insti rapid test at 60 secs 4th gen @ 10 months
6)oraquick finger prick test @ 10months

are my tests conclusive? as i have tested a few times all at 10 months.
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