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Living With HIV / Re: Biktarvy, Juluca or Dovato
« Last post by pozzitive on September 22, 2020, 01:53:23 pm »
Thank you, my doctor syas that these drugs are newer and better but I need to hear from him why.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 22, 2020, 01:25:04 pm »

Fresh wounds? It would be a theoretical risk if you had been in a knife fight with the nurse and the two of you were bleeding half to death directly into each other wounds. That did not happen and in that unlikely event HIV would be the least of your concerns.

Look what you are fearing is day to day environmental contact and there has never been a documented case of HIV transmission the way you fear.

There are many reasons why this type of contact is not a concern, only one is that HIV is fragile and the receptors needed to infect corrode once exposed outside the human body.

I see you have been posting the same question on another forum, I don't have much to add.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« Last post by Silentclock15 on September 22, 2020, 01:17:36 pm »
Thank you for the info sir.

Is it because the virus dies when exposed to air?

Always thought it was possible with fresh wounds.

I suppose im being overly paranoid. :-[
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 22, 2020, 01:10:12 pm »

No it's not possible, what you posted was no HIV risk to you whatsoever. Relax and move on with your life.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

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.

Kind regards


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Do I Have HIV? / Possible to get infected from re-used gloves?
« Last post by Silentclock15 on September 22, 2020, 12:49:41 pm »
Perhaps im being paranoid but would like to know what the chances are of getting infected through re-used gloves.

Went to get my blood drawn and when the nurse walked in, she was already wearing gloves.

She took the needle out of the package, took some gauze, and placed them on a table.

The thing that threw me off was she then threw out her gloves and put on a fresh pair of gloves.

Even though she put on new gloves after, she already touched everything with the original gloves she had on (the needle and gauze), when she first walked in.

What are the chances that the gloves could have been soiled and spread infection?  (My blood draw didnt go too well and blood got everywhere.
« Last post by CR2016 on September 22, 2020, 11:12:39 am »
Tonny2, muchas gracias por tus recomendaciones; definitivamente esto del coronavirus es muy delicado, creo que a la gran mayoría ya nos ha tocado experiencias fatales en personas cercanas; debemos ser muy conscientes. Supuestamente yo estuve contagiado en Mayo, me di cuenta cuando me hicieron una prueba aleatoria y presenté anticuerpos, asi que si fué así, es una fortuna haber sido asintomático, mas nada me asegura estar libre en un futuro.
De corazón me llena de júbilo saber que te sientas mejor animicamente y fisicamente tambien, las personas que aprendemos a sobrevivir somos admirables.
Un fuerte abrazo, saludos!
Living With HIV / Re: Biktarvy, Juluca or Dovato
« Last post by wardp on September 22, 2020, 10:12:51 am »
If it ain't broken why try and fix it. Unless you are having bad side effects?
Off Topic Forum / Re: So.....I failed.
« Last post by em on September 22, 2020, 07:03:39 am »
Just a thought to consider.

here in the states granted this was thirty years ago . I had taken community college courses that where transferable to  university credits.  In this way when I did get accepted a few years  later I had already had some of the work done .

so now I would suggest taking some online credit courses . contacting the school before taking a class Just make sure they are from a school that university will let you transfer. 

this might give a boost to the your admissions to demonstrate how serious your intent  to study . again i Have no idea how the university where you are from works but thought this might be helpful.   

The university might be trying any excuse to limit the amount of students on campus during covid 19 .   if you take some classes online you will have some of the work already done .

it is not a fail just a set back. resubmit and keep the goal of getting in .  with the time you have get ready for when you do get in and have some of the work already done . like core curriculum classes . 

does the university offer online studies . the universities here where I am from anyone can take online classes . that later if they want to attend the school they have already taken .

sorry you may have  already given this some thought and it might be obvious to some . but others in similar situations like your self might not have thought of taking classes outside school and later transferring them . 

all the best to you

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Worried ive early hiv symptoms
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 22, 2020, 12:00:10 am »

Sorry to hear your family would not be supportive if they knew about your sexual orientation. There are options to obtain PrEP that don't go through the HSE.

Anyhow, do keep using condoms for any intercourse, no exceptions and test out of standard routine at least yealry for STI's and HIV.

Best, Jim
Yeah, that's about it.

Relax, keep using condoms for any intercourse, no exceptions and test out of standard routine at least yealry for STI's and HIV.

Best, Jim
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