Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
January 20, 2018, 10:05:20 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Members: 32184
  • Latest: timoup
  • Total Posts: 725332
  • Total Topics: 59125
  • Online Today: 317
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 2
Guests: 263
Total: 265


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: New here, newly positive, and have a very personal question.  (Read 4492 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline fallenfromgrace

  • Member
  • Posts: 4
New here, newly positive, and have a very personal question.
« on: October 26, 2008, 09:15:57 PM »
Ok, so I don't know how to ask this, but I just found out that I was positive this last week, I also just got my period today. What I need to ask is this - do I need to take special precautions with my used menstrual products (i.e. tampons)? I am concerned with exposing others to the virus, I am living in a community environment right now, so please, any help with this would be great.

Offline vivyt

  • Member
  • Posts: 565
Re: New here, newly positive, and have a very personal question.
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008, 09:52:24 PM »
I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I think just the ordinary disposal would be appropriate. I'm pretty sure no one would want to mess with that... :)

Offline emeraldize

  • Member
  • Posts: 3,398
Re: New here, newly positive, and have a very personal question.
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2008, 11:48:15 PM »
Hello. I'm also sorry to learn of your diagnosis.

I agree with Vivyt--do whatever you do normally to dispose of your feminine hygiene products, flush if tampon, wrap and toss if napkin or liner.

Further, the possibility of anyone touching your menstrual blood is extremely remote under normal circumstances. And, even if they were to do so, the virus would not be transmissible by that time. 

You might find the information available here on the forum helpful. In particular, you might want to read about Prevention which covers transmission of HIV.

The site, as well as current and back issues of POZ magazine (linked via the site) will give you considerable amounts of information.

Have you been seen by an infectious diseases doctor yet? If so, have you had your flu and pneumovax shots yet? If not, has one be recommended to you?

Take good care. I well remember those first days and weeks. Ask any questions you have, whether here or of your doctors/nurses.


Offline kajnjewel

  • Member
  • Posts: 71
  • Living Life with a Passion!
Re: New here, newly positive, and have a very personal question.
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2008, 11:57:44 PM »
I am also new to this forum but NOT new to HIV - was infected in 89.  As far as disposal, the normal should be ok.  BUT please remember that one of the body fluids that the virus thrives in is blood - even menstrual blood and that is one of the ways a woman can infect a man through menstrual blood.  Practice safe sex or do not have sex while on your period if you are sexually active. 

Please know that there is life after diagnosis and it is NOT the end of the world.  Science has really come a long ways over the last decade and it is no longer a deadly disease as it used to be.  It is treatable, preventable and manageable now.  There is more hope now than ever before.

Ask your questions, go to the "Body" website and various threads in this forum and learn as much as you can about living with and prevention from this disease.

I am and everyone here is here to help in any way we can.

aka kajnjewel

[attachment deleted by admin]
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced; live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice!


  • Guest
Re: New here, newly positive, and have a very personal question.
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008, 03:28:55 AM »
I don't want to be crued, but I wrap it in tissue paper and put it in the trash. Please do not worry too much, how can I say that?
Honestly just live good, that means make yourself happy and be good to others when possible.
Most important: it is not airborn!


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.