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Do I Have HIV? / Re: Really scared from 4 yr old encounter
« Last post by Jim Allen on January 23, 2021, 04:14:06 pm »
Okay, thanks

Look about 4 years ago receiving a blowjob is no HIV risk to you whatsoever and HIV can't transmit through an intact condom.

I married another woman and been in a monogamous relationship with her since my marriage.

Look no judgement but if you do engage in condomless sex with your partner then you are obviously at risk. Often within relationships, condomless sex is based on trust or past test results, however, this does not prevent HIV and any condomless intercourse is accepting the greater risk of acquiring HIV.

If you do choose to engage in condomless intercourse, consider testing more frequently for HIV and easier to acquire STI's. As a sexually active adult, it's recommended to test out of routine at least yearly for HIV and easier to acquire STI's.

Now is as good of a time as any to start yearly testing for STI's.

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 Ďsafeí 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: Really scared from 4 yr old encounter
« Last post by worriedsick17 on January 23, 2021, 03:58:01 pm »
I am sorry for creating confusion, I married another woman and been in a monogamous relationship with her since my marriage. This one encounter that happened with another friend happened 4 years back and is  worrying me suddenly.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Really scared from 4 yr old encounter
« Last post by Jim Allen on January 23, 2021, 03:39:47 pm »
I am married now and never had sex with any other women after this.

Wait a sec, so either this means you married the friend from 4 years ago or you married someone else but never had any sex with your partner or anyone else since having sex 4 years ago with this friend ??


        ojo.           Hi there!...Iím sorry about you being tired of taking meds, Iíve been taking ďvitamins ď for 26 years and I havenít had any issues with liver or kidneys. If you want to keep living you have to look at taking meds as a blessing because there are people whom donít have the same opportunity we have...I guess your doctor checks your organs through blood work and, if he/she hasnít told you anything is because everything is working fine...taking meds=living, no taking meds=death...best of luck...hugs
The Biktarvy I take now is $3200 for a 30 day supply. What will these shot cost us?
The US drug companies screw HIV patients. I can get generic Biktarvy from Canada for $672 dollars a month. I also have thought about stopping medication and no side effects. Take care and do what you want
I was on Atripla or a generic for 10 plus year before my Doctor made me go to Biktarvy. The Biktarvy give me gas and also caused weight gain. The atripla had no adverse effects. Due to the cost and loss of the Ryan White funding I am probably going back to generic Atripla. Like to know anyone on it for a long time and any problems.
Do I Have HIV? / Really scared from 4 yr old encounter
« Last post by worriedsick17 on January 23, 2021, 01:59:18 pm »
I am suddenly paranoid about an encounter had 4 yrs ago.
I received a blowjob and had protected sex afterwards from a friend.
Recently she broke all contacts and thats when my paranoia kicked in.
I am married now and never had sex with any other women after this.
I have mostly been healthy in these 4 yrs with no major problems.
Is my anxiety justified or Am I overthinking now ?
Here I was planning to start my family and suddenly I am all paranoid.
Please help
Thanks you for the information. Sounds like a game changer!!
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: a promising evolution
« Last post by Mindless on January 23, 2021, 11:10:00 am »
This is not available where I live (and I think not any time soon) and even if it was it'd be probably very expensive but it would be good to only have 2 injections a month (I read it actually consists of 2 injections).

Anyways, if it was widely available at a sustainable price I think this could be a game changer, especially in those cases where adherence is an issue or people have problems taking pills.

Nice to see things continue to move forward. Adelante!

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Scared
« Last post by Jim Allen on January 23, 2021, 09:16:23 am »
Sure, HIV transmission is always a biological event and for HIV to infect four basic biological and environmental conditions need to happen simultaneously. What you posted met none of the conditions.

Firstly HIV is fragile and once exposed outside the confines of the human body the receptors needed to infect would corrode, so there is lack of exposure and then looking at the route you fear to cause infection it is also lacking, day to day wounds, cuts, scrapes etc lack the route needed for HIV to infect you and hence nobody has ever acquired HIV from day to day injury.

I could go on but in short, touching objects/fluids in day to day community settings isn't an HIV risk. Sadly we have some myths in relation to this but that's all it is myths and nonsense.

Focus instead on reducing your risks from real HIV vectors.

Sex - Use condoms and consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention

Using IV drugs - Don't share needles and syringes, use new ones

Blood transfusions & transplants - Extremely unlikely nowadays considering blood products are screened.
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