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« 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
Living With HIV / Re: Biktarvy, Juluca or Dovato
« Last post by Matths on September 21, 2020, 10:17:22 pm »
Hi, there is lots of literature on all 3 possible options. However, why would you even consider switching medicines if the current medication works for you and you have no side effects? Never change a winning team. Or are there reasons to change treatment?

If you switch, here are some thoughts: all 3 medications were shown to work well for people who have achieved UD status and switch treatment. Juluca and Dovato are 2-drug treatments. Both are built around dolutegravir which has a high barrier to resistance and Juluca you must take with food, Dovato you can take with or without food. I personally take Dovato. I’m happy with it, I’m UD with VL<20. I decided to switch to a 2-drug combo because I preferred a treatment with high barrier to resistance, easy to take (no food requirement), no side effects and most importantly over time I avoid taking a 3rd drug. Plus, my insurance plus viiv card provide me with $0 co-pay which helps. Bictarvy is a 3-drug combo with a next generation integrase inhibitor compared to what’s the backbone in your current treatment. I have no
personal experience but I assume many here have. I have 100% compliance and it was discussed that for people who miss a dose here and then, a 3-drug combo may be preferable but missing a dose is never a good idea.
Off Topic Forum / Re: song of the day
« Last post by Almost2late on September 21, 2020, 09:12:29 pm »
However,I choose not to do so. Sometimes I think "oh man,the universe keeps messing my life up",but I realise that I'm no longer a child and I don't have to complain and be sad. So I listen to these songs ,give the universe the middle finger and live my life as best as possible.


Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People

Prince & The Revolution - Raspberry Beret
Living With HIV / Biktarvy, Juluca or Dovato
« Last post by pozzitive on September 21, 2020, 08:10:20 pm »
My doctor wants to change my meds and is considering these tree: Biktarvy, Juluca or Dovato. I am currently under Genvoya and all is good but he is telling me that we should switch to something newer. Are these new drugs less toxic or is it all the same thing?

Hi Jim,

Thank you for the informative answers.
I think I understood the idea behind it.

According to what you explain we can say   :

1.    If the condom looks ok with no damage\no holes after blowjob it
       is not an HIV concern\not a big risk to continue to
       use the same condom afterwards for vaginal sex.
       The condom will probably not break during vaginal sex in such situation.

2.    Lets say an hole\damage was created in condom during blowjob by teeth
       beacuase of the way condom is built it will very obvious to me,
      because immediately after an hole\damage is created the condom would fully
      break during the vaginal sex or blowjob.
      And only if this issue\full break in condom happens there is a concern for HIV.

3.   Because of how condom is built, the condom can not remain intact with an
      hole\damage during usage, it will fully break very fast
      after an hole\damage  is created during blowjob or vaginal sex.

4.  Even when using the same condom for blowjob and afterwards for vaginal sex,
    when condom remains intact in the end of vaginal sex, it means no HIV concern
    and no holes\no damage was created in condom during blowjob and vaginal sex.

I promise not to ask more questions regarding this issue.
I just want to make sure I fully understand the whole idea,
and thus not causing me needless HIV concern in future events.

Thank you for your help.

All the best!

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Worried ive early hiv symptoms
« Last post by Johnnyhdublin on September 21, 2020, 04:56:07 pm »
Jim I know you recommended prep before. To be totally honest the reason I can't (or believe I can't) take this option is I share the same doctor and pharmacy with my ex wife and due to our medication needs we still share the same DPS scheme.

If she somehow became aware of me using prep it would raise a lot of trouble and question about my sexual preferences as I am not openly bisexual. My family are not the type of people who would support my choices and I'm positive they would not be supportive.
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