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Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda estoy muy angustiado ...😔
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 08:03:36 am »
El riesgo por el VIH desde un rompiendo es muy, muy bajo y no se algun caso de trasmicion desde esa moda. Toca la prueba a 6 y 12 semanas por el VIH.  Un negativo a esa punto sera fiable y conclusivo.
Am I Infected? / Re: High risk exposure started pep Help
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 08:00:41 am »
It seems to have gone up so does that mean that it will continue to go up until i test positive?

Given the values and test type, COI would most likely be short for "cut-off index"

It's also sometimes called the "signal value". This number will fluctuate, it's not an indication that results are less or more detected. Example if you ran this test 10 times odds are you will have a slightly different number on each one. End of the day anything below the calibrated cut off point is simply background noise and the result equals a negative/non-reactive.

Stop wasting your money and time, live your life as normal and test with an approved HIV antibodies test 6 weeks after finishing PEP for a result, this result will rarely ever change. If you wish to confirm the result then retest at 3 months after finishing PEP.
Am I Infected? / Re: High risk exposure started pep Help
« Last post by concerned.chap1234 on Today at 04:42:40 am »
For those that may be reading an update on my symptoms. Occasional headaches, generalised lymph node pain in all locations on and off elbows, behind knees, armpits, groin, back of neck under jaw the pain comes and goes every few minutes or so. Tonsils are still swollen not massive but still noticeable.
The pains in the back of my legs were due to a trapped nerve or nerve pain in my lower back radiating down both legs. Im seeing a chiropractor. The 21 pounds (1 1/2 stone) in weight i lost near the beginning has not gone back on its just stayed there.
I have seen far to many people turn poz on this forum with the same thing i have with the generilized lymph node issue so its very worrying. It wont go away.

I had a PCR RNA test at 11 days after pep day 42 post exposure - Negative. I understand pep may have driven the virus down to UD if i had been infected so may have wasted my money but i just wanted to know.

I had a 5th gen ag/ab test day 41, 5 1/2 weeks post exposure 1 1/2 weeks after pep it was negative. Im not going to get any real answer till 28 days past pep but i still feel the need to test.

I have a question about testing please

The 5th gen ag/ab lab test at day 23 was:
Ag - 0.156 COI
Ab - 0.0827 COI
Non reactive 0.177 COI

The 5th gen ag/ab lab test at day 41 was:
Ag - 0.189 COI
Ab - 0.0942 COI
Non reactive 0.211 COI

What is the COI? It seems to have gone up so does that mean that it will continue to go up until i test positive?

Thanks for your help

Thanks for the support Zach.

I already cried me a river.

We can get him HIV meds.  Money for meds is not an issue at present. 

The issue I have is that he was missed by TB hospital, Army, Local Hospital.  Which all had him in the past 4 years.   

Also when finally Dx, got inadequate treatment.  (They still dont know he has started ARV treatment.)  As their last contact was "Get you government health insurance then take this packet of documents to your local sub district hospital.

He goes back to local non government doctor on Thur.  HIs genotype should be ready.  That doctor wants to hand him off to government hospitals. (Probably because of the danger of OIs.) 

Tomorrow he will see about getting government insurance.   If  he has trouble with this, an HIV advocate  has volunteered to walk him through it if he can. 

He runs out of meds on Thur.  Hopefully will get meds from the local ngo doctor. 

If that fails, I take him to Bangkok and Thai Red Cross on Friday or Saturday.

Still, OIs are a big problem that he could face.  Not really sure what would happen if we need to take him to the ER with a fever etc.   

Am I Infected? / Re: Very afraid
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 01:25:57 am »

Whatever was making you feel unwell days after the encounter had nothing to do with HIV.  As for your HIV risk it was near negligible i.e so small we would not recommend testing over it outside of normal yearly routine.

Relax, move on with your life and test out of standard routine like every sexuaL active adult should at least yearly for STI's & HIV
Am I Infected? / Re: Very worried possible contamination
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 09:00:34 pm »
None of the activities you have described in you post put you at risk of HIV-infection, regardless of your partner's positive HIV-antibody status:  it's the activities that matter.

Kissing is not a risk for HIV-transmission, even if your partner is positive for HIV-antibodies.

Receiving unprotected oral sex is not a risk of HIV-transmission (though other STD's/STI's could be transmitted), even if the person performing the oral sex is positive for HIV-antibodies.

Frottage is not a risk for HIV-transmission, even if your partner is positive for HIV-antibodies.

The HIV is fragile and does not survive in a viable manner in the ambient environment, so could not be transmitted through semen in contact with scratches on your chest or face.

You also claim that you did not engage in unprotected anal sex, so you had no risk of transmission through anal intercourse.

Please access this link to learn how the virus is transmitted:


I have no idea why you think you are dying, but if you are ill, seek an evaluation with a healthcare professional to evaluate whatever symptoms or other reasons that lead you to think you are dying (the HIV does not cause acute death, but takes years to cause damage that could be fatal as a result of depleted immunity and the onset, potentially, of various opportunistic diseases that cause death).

There is no reason for you to test for HIV-antibodies as a result of the activities you have described in your post.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: travelling with HIV medication on USA B1 Visa
« Last post by Mojito on Yesterday at 08:48:21 pm »
TheIndiandude. I'm from India and just returned back from a short US trip. Carried my medicine with prescription. However no one even asked anything about them. Do remember to carry your medicine in hand baggage with prescription and not check in ( in case the airline loose your check in baggage). Carry a bottle extra just in case of unforeseen delay in your return.
Am I Infected? / Very worried possible contamination
« Last post by Karoman on Yesterday at 07:51:10 pm »
I made a big mistake, i slept with a poz guy(not on treatment) ,i was drunk i thought it will be safe as it was no anal sex as i don’t have a condom, we kissed and i recived a blow job , we was both fully naked, there was a contact between our penis and he frotted his penis on my anus and i did so but no penetration happend, my big concern is that he gets very excited so he claw me with his nails on my chest and face , then he cum on my chest, his semen was in contact with thoses scratches he made on my chest and face (but no semen in my eyes or mouth) the day after i asked him he said he is poz
I felt that i’m dying , now i am very worried and i don’t know what to do!
I seek ur help about this situation. Do i need a tpe ? Have i to contact my doctor ?
What’s your evaluation please i feel lost
Am I Infected? / Re: Very afraid
« Last post by Edwardafraid17 on Yesterday at 07:48:20 pm »
So considering the mouth ulcers, did I have the potentialized risk?
Days after the episode I had a sore throat and fever
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda estoy muy angustiado ...😔
« Last post by Alan06 on Yesterday at 06:56:32 pm »
Tuve Sexo anal con un chico el cual desconozco su estado de da salud, hubo sexo oral sin condón por unos segundos, luego penetración anal con condón pero por falta de lubricación se rompió y el chico sin decirme siguió penetrandome sin condón por unos segundos más , nunca note líquido preseminal, de hecho por lo mismo de mi nerviosismo no me penetraba bien , es decir nunca entro totalmente, corrí algin riesgo? Solo fueron unos segundos y el nunca se vino ni tuvo líquido preseminal. Te go mucho miedo  😭
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