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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Receptive Oral Sex on HIV+
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 03:00:59 pm »
You need to use some common sense and apply the information already provided.

If you fully gave him a BJ it would be such a near negligible HIV concern that no HIV testing would be warranted outside of routine. Licking his penis for a second is less risk then that but not an absolute zero risk either.

Look giving a blowjob, the mouth simply lacks route (Cells to infect) for HIV, and even if there was damage to your mouth creating a possible route than saliva & air also act to neutralize HIV by damaging the receptors needed to infect human cells.

All in all, giving a blowjob is such a minute concern with regards to HIV that we don't even recommend specifically testing over it. Just get tested whenever you are next normally due a routine check-up.

The only real-world risk you have mentioned so far is the condom breaking situation and you have the testing guidelines should you wish to confirm your HIV status. Also, test for far easier to acquire STI's whilst you are at it.
Living With HIV / CD4 gooood news
« Last post by Pirata on Yesterday at 02:29:55 pm »
I just wanted to share that after a year and a half I finally reached 209 CD4 and a percentage of 20%. I started my treatment with bicktarvy with 100 CD4 and a percentage of 14%. I am so excited, it has been an slow process but it is going in the right direction. No more Dapson!!! 🍻
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Receptive Oral Sex on HIV+
« Last post by Shanaya on Yesterday at 02:27:17 pm »
Does licking the head of the penis for a second cause any infections/HIV?  No fellatio, only licked it with the tongue for a second. Taking in account he is positive, this is someone else, no sex happened because of my PEP course, he was naked so I just licked his head... just clearing my doubts, I am starting therapy soon along with CBT like you suggested 😇.

Good luck,
Off Topic Forum / Re: song of the day
« Last post by fabio on Yesterday at 04:15:30 am »
I hope everyone is good and well,here are some tunes ❤

Reamonn - Tonight

Michelle Branch - Everywhere

Norah Jones - Don't know why

Whitney Houston - One of those days
Hi Everyone, I hope all is well!

After 4 regimens in my first 18 months and ongoing blood pressure spikes through all of them, I analyzed my meds further, Noticing that every one of them contained an NRTI

I brought this to the attention of my doctor and asked if Juluca should be an option... but he seemed that if NRTI is giving me problems, It may be the same with NNRTI since they take the same pathway.

so far
Biktarvy, isentress with descovy, odefsey, dovato

My doctor has me on a 30-45 day holiday to see if my blood pressure spikes subside.

In the mean time I am curious about my other options and want some insight so I can participate in my doctors suggestions of regimans. I am no expert, but am nervous that almost every regimen has these components.

Are protease inhibitors just as safe? Are older drugs safe? anything very new that excludes NRTI and NNRTI's?

Tha last thing I want is a more dangerous cocktail, but if these newer combos are not resting with my body I have no choice.

Any thoughts? recommendations?

I am thinking to try and see 1 or 2 new ID docs and get their suggestions to discuss with my primary ID doc.

Am I hopeless and out of options or are there good safe options? a shot or a 2 drug?

If you think an NNRTI will not have similar problem and NRTI, please let me know... I was really thinking Juluca might have been a good option.

Also if you had blood pressure spikes (mine always happen when I go to sleep) from meds, what was your solution or the med that helped you?

Thanks everyone for any feedback that will help me participate in my doctors selections and have an intelligent conversation with him as well.
From the June 30, 2020, edition of (online) POZ magazine, a quote:

“Ciapavir is the first Smac mimetic specifically optimized for an HIV cure, so it is significantly more potent for HIV than other molecules in this class,” said Nicholas Cosford, PhD, deputy director of the Cancer Center at Sanford Burnham Prebys and co–senior author of the study. “As a result, ciapavir may be effective when used on its own instead of in combination with a second drug, as our previous research showed, and potentially at lower doses.”

Link to story:

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Physical therapy exposure? Please help
« Last post by Jim Allen on June 30, 2020, 10:19:01 am »

No "what-if" about it, you are coming into contact with a limited amount of fluids, exposed to the environment that never contained intact copies of HIV to infect you with.

Nothing you do or how you come into contact with the fluids on the seat could make it an HIV concern. So if you rubbed your genitals on the seat covered in fluids it's not an HIV concern if you licked the seat or rubbed the fluid into your eyes, nose or into your wounds or on your skin issues those fluids simply are not an HIV concern.

Hope that's clear.

Best, Jim
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Physical therapy exposure? Please help
« Last post by Help 99 on June 30, 2020, 10:10:08 am »
Even if I have a open sore or raw skin?
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Physical therapy exposure? Please help
« Last post by Jim Allen on June 30, 2020, 10:07:41 am »

No HIV risk whatsoever - zero.

HIV is incredibly fragile and highly limited in the ways it can be acquired, your concerns lack all the conditions needed for the transmission of HIV.

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. Continue taking PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection.

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? / Re: Physical therapy exposure? Please help
« Last post by Help 99 on June 30, 2020, 09:16:24 am »
What if there was vagina fluids or blood in the sweat. I sat on the bike immediately after her. Thank you for your time. There was a lot of fluid.
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