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Living With HIV / Re: Genvoya new user probably
« Last post by Mindless on Today at 12:13:35 pm »
Hi Farangs friends!

I’m also in the group of generic Complera users and have to say I have no big issues with it, except something changed in my stool more or less around the time I made a switch from generic Atripla 1 year ago: loose stool, mostly yellowish and kind of “chopped” look (I spare you images  :D).

HIV doc suggested to give a month trial to Stribild (Genvoya “cousin”), just to see if the stool issue may be related to the Rilpivirine component of Complera and so I did despite the price difference (but after all only a temporary trial): after about 1 month of Stribild no changes in stool or any other particular improvement. Also, a colonscopy+gastroscopy I did a few months before came back negative except for a mild chronic inflammation of the stomach (dr prescribed only attention to diet and reducing stress...). After the experiment I went back to generic Complera and my stool issues have continued.

I didn’t know that switching to Genvoya may potentially “burn bridges” and make impossible going back: why is that exactly?
2850 bath/bottle is an interesting price (amazingly Stribild used to cost 5500 bath/bottle) and as Terry says: no food requirement, only 1 pill (but this last one I have to say is negligible based on my month trial with Stribild) and potentially lower long term harm on bones and kidneys.


Doc hasn't said anything about the weight gain. When I started treatment in 2007, I suppressed the virus in less than a month. Weight stayed steady at 125# from 2007 until 2015. 2015 is when I switched to a STR with an integrase inhibitor and also when I began gaining weight.

TBH, I found the cited articles just a couple days ago and thought, "Hey, yeah, the timing lines up with my experience." I acknowledge more research must be done and that there are many other contributing factors besides meds. I'm simply curious if anyone else here has noticed the same II-intrduction factor that I did.
Estoy infectado? / Sexo sin protección y resultados 4ta generación.
« Last post by Osmap30 on Today at 10:51:34 am »
Hola envío saludos y anticipadamente agradezco sus ayuda.
Escribo desde mexico.

El grave error fue mantener relaciones con dos prostitutas sin protección vía vaginal.
A las 3 semanas empezó una fatiga muy pronunciada, fiebre baja y escalofríaos.
A los 30 días me hice una prueba de anticuerpos de 3era generacion No reactiva.
A los 35 días me realicé una prueba de 4ta generación No reactiva. Y justo despues de la prueba me inicio un ligero dolor de garganta. La fiebre baja y escalofríos se mantuvieron desde la semana 3.
A los 42 días repeti una prueba de 4ta generacion No reactiva.
A partir del día 42 y hasta el día de hoy (día 58) apareció dolor muscular y articular y el dolor de garganta se volvió mas pronunciado ocasionando dolor al tragar o comer cosas picantes (se observa irritación).

A los 55 días realicé una prueba 4ta generación y dio No reactivo.

Con los resultados anteriores se puede tener cierta posibilidad de no tener la infección de VIH a pesar de la sintomatología? Es decir a las 3 meses todo esto puede tornarse positivo?

Ojala puedan ayudarme con su experiencia.
Saludos y gracias

Ayuda por favor.
Am I Infected? / Re: Hi Forum..Very Worried After Possible Exposure
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 10:26:43 am »
Permanent ban.

You have had several " times outs " over the years. What you are posting about is not HIV risks. I truly hope you have not been neglecting real risks by focusing on irrelevant nonsense.

Consider a therapist for your HIV phobia

Your questions have already been asked and answered based on the specific details of the scenario you posted.

I understand you have fears & phobia's with regards to HIV, and I truly wish you all the best however this has lead to a time-out in order to encourage you to seek professional support with regards to your phobia's

Risk assessments are always based on what you post, I don't know if you had any other scenarios you are incorrectly dismissing, so i will just add the below as a general reminder regarding general safer sex and HIV prevention.   

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 for the future.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for far 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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Am I Infected? / Re: Hi Forum..Very Worried After Possible Exposure
« Last post by Worried7897 on Today at 09:39:31 am »
Hello everyone

Will be getting tested today or tomorrow.i don’t know if I was clear in that menstrual blood was present during cunnilingus and I might have swallowed and got some in my mouth.Its been 66 days since exposure and 38 days post pep.Will let everyone know the results.Thanks for the forum, it’s moderators and their patience.Thanks
Off Topic Forum / Re: Large rodent spotted in Dublin
« Last post by Loa111 on Today at 08:34:49 am »
Yes saw that news, it's interesting. Could have been mistaken for a Beaver maybe as they'd no photo of it. Apparently if it's a Coypu the authorities will have to remove it re being an invasive species. They look ok, but if it was an actual rat i'd be terrified!
So many different aspects to weight gain.

What did your doctor say about your weight gain?

My first large weight gain for me was from finally suppressing the virus and gaining a healthy 10 kg, after that and more recent years it's the aging is a factor, I'm in my late 30's and no longer a teenager so I might eat relatively healthy but need to reduce my intake and increase my excersise

HIV makes you fat.

Women gain more weight than men.

Weight Gain and Immune Activation May Be Linked in People With HIV

Strategies that help people with HIV control their weight and also those that reduce immune activation could help alleviate the burden of even well-treated virus on the body.

The researchers found that pretreatment viral load and CD4 count were associated with a difference in BMI increases between men and women



More research is needed to determine whether integrase inhibitors are associated with weight gain and whether any such gain in body fat is associated with various negative health outcomes.
Citations:Anyone here experience this, or possibly think they have? I'm a 53-y.o. white male. Started treatment in 2007 and I was 5'10" 125# then. Started with Truvada+Reyataz+Norvir. Switched in 2010 to Epzicom+Reyataz. Switched again in 2015 to Triumeq. Switched yet again in 2018 to Juluca.

Coincidentally (or not) I started gradually gaining weight after I switched to Triumeq. I don't have a scale at home. I and my doctor noticed the gain during my biannual checkups. I'm now 140# and not at all happy about this, I have a visible tummy!

Whole food plant-based diet here for three years also, so I doubt it has anything to do with food intake. I'm not an active person, as my job involves sitting at a computer all day and then my main hobby requires, again, sitting -- band and orchestra rehearsal most evenings. I mention this only as a data point, given that I've lived my entire life and work at essentially the same level of (in)activity.

I know I don't exactly match the folks observed in those studies. And I also acknowledge that anecdotes, especially when n=1, are not data. And yet, the timing sure lines up: weight gain gradually appeared after switching to an integrase inhibitor. I'm curious what others here might, or might not, have noticed in their own experiences with this class of drug.
I switched from Atripla about two months ago to Juluca because of UHC changes. So far the change has been great. Actually I think i sleep better now. I get my blood work in a few weeks so see how it's workin so far.
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