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  • 11 days ago

    Impact of ARVs (not PEPs) on HIV-negative people

    I read in this article http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/DN2/What-are-the-dangers-of-taking-ARVs-when-HIV-negative/957860-3418798-c9ur62/index.html that "If you do not have HIV and are taking ARVs, the symptoms could be as simple as nausea and vomiting or as complicated as reducing renal function." What do you think about this? Do ARVs undermine HIV-negative people's health really? Thanks!
  • 17 days ago

    HIV risk to partner...

    My partner gave me oral sex for a few minutes one night 2 hours after he had a dental cleaning. So his mouth probably had inflammation and he might have had bleeding gums. He has very good oral hygeine normally and had no open sores or wounds in his mouth. Just 21 hours before he performed oral on me I had a risky sexual encounter with a stranger. If this stranger had hiv and had passed the virus onto me how long would it take to totally infect me? My parnter gave me oral 21 hours after my possible....
  • 18 days ago

    T-Cells plummeting

    My T-Cells were 680 in February 2017, and in the most recent test (June 2017) they were 304. Alarmed, I called my doctor and was told this was most likely because I have been fighting chronic bronchitis, in at least two episodes, which can last for weeks and pretty much keeps me bedridden. This has also been a highly stressful time, due to financial problems, and of course our election. I was told to wait until I am completely over the Bronchitis and then come in to re-test. While of course I have....
  • 18 days ago

    I am depressed

    Gail,I had protected sex with a female csw 3 years and condom remained intact till the end.Later I knew that she was positive.I have had all classic ars from 5 th week like 4 swollen lymph nodes in neck and under the jaw,muscle pain,nausea,loose stool,white tongue,dizziness etc.At present I am suffering from ,clubbing nail,swollen lymph nodes, sometimes peripheral neuropathy burning in feet comes and go and numbness in right hand,loose stoolRecently I have lost 3 kg weight..I have tested negative....
  • 18 days ago

    Folliculitis that won't go away

    Hello, For about 8 months I've been having folliculitis on my thighs that won't go away. It was initially accompanied by a burning rash that covered my elbows and stomach area. It seems that some of them are on my chest area now too. I saw a dermatologist and she preformed a culture that came back negative. Ive now developed what seems to be folliculitis pimples on my forehead. Ive read somewhere that folliculitis and pimples like these could be a sign of his infection. I haven't had....

  • 19 days ago

    HIV risk from genital rubbing, help !

    I went to a massage parlor last year in November. The therapist and I mutually fondled each other and then she came on top of me naked and started rubbing her genitals over my penis and testicles. I was wearing a thin disposable underwear while she was naked.I felt my underwear was wet while she was over me. It has been several months since this encounter but I clearly remember that I did not have a complete erection while she was on top of me. She must have grinded for only a few minutes (1 - 3....
  • 19 days ago

    Reliability of (Quantitative) RNA Tests after 9 days in Sub-Saharan Africa, and using ARVs while not diagnosed HIV-positive for certain

    Dear all, please I kindly request your outmost support and help! I try to explain my case below: I am male, 36 years old. I had a risky sex on AUGUST 9TH at a massage parlour with a woman. After some friendly touch, I did some fingering mostly in her vagina and a bit anal way with my right hand. After that I put on a latex condom. I believe and hope (!) that I did not use my right hand while putting on the condom. (IS THIS A RISK?) After I put on condom, I did vaginal penetration slowly, and that....
  • 20 days ago

    I am going nuts

    Gail,I made a terrible mistake 3 years ago.I had protected sex with a female csw 3 years and condom remained intact till the end.Later I knew that she was positive.I have had all classic ars from 5 th week like 4 swollen lymph nodes in neck and under the jaw,muscle pain,nausea,loose stool,white tongue,dizziness etc.At present I am suffering from ,clubbing nail,swollen lymph nodes persists, sometimes peripheral neuropathy burning in feet comes and go and numbness in right hand,loose stoolRecently....
  • 20 days ago

    Concern for Risk and Possible contraction of HIV

    I was with a guy for one night only, We kissed and I think I tasted a bit of some blood, but I think it was my own blood as sometimes my gums cut. Because of this, none of us did any oral sex. Also we didn't have any condoms so there was NO penetration of ANY kind, so instead we masturbated each other off. We didn't ejaculate on each other (just the sheets) but I am concerned because I did shave earlier that day and cut myself a small bit on the base of my shaft. Also when we were masturbating....
  • 22 days ago

    Blood while Sucking Neck

    Hey, Yesterday night, I was with a boy that I have met in a bar, we kissed a lot and mutually masturbated. No oral or anal sex involved. While I was sucking his neck, a pimple on his neck just began to bleed. I tasted the blood, spit out and washed my mouth. My lips were dry and cracked. As someone who always have safe sex, I freaked out and noe trying to survive with my obsessive fears. Should I worry about this exposure? Do I need to get tested just for this? Best, Tony