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New relationship with woman that has HIV (undetectable)

Hello,

I am here for support as I have never been in a relationship or know of any one that has had HIV. I know that I love this person. But I don't want to go though the relationship with all these Questions. First about me that I have never been diagnosed with anything and have only had two sexual partners my whole life.
The Woman that I meet is from Colombia and she was diagnosed with HIV back in 2013. Since then has been "undetectable" for 3-4 years. What I know is that she has been on medicine since the start (2013) and has been told that she is able to have children (by Columbia doctors) (2019). She has had unprotected sex with her ex-partner and there was never contagion.

This will sound stupid and I know, I am sure someone else has ask this.

But is there any risk for me being with a undetectable HIV partner?
Eating food together (sharing),
open-mouth kissing
Contact between broken skin (wounds)
Oral sex
safe vaginal or anal sex or Unprotected Sex

If we do go ahead with relationship How often should I get tested?

Is there any help for traveler coming to Vancouver?

Thanks You

HIV+ Family Member

I have a distant family member who is HIV +, I was recently at a family function where he was. As he was saying goodbye to me he hugged me and briefly (1 -2 seconds) touched my hand. Afterwards I noticed that I had a hangnail on my finger. From what I could see, there were no traces of blood or other fluid on me, but I am very worried. Could I have contracted the virus? Thank you so much in advance.

Accidental double dose of HIV medication

I accidentally took a double dose of my HIV medications (Epivir, Kaletra and Ziagen) and it's well after hours and can't reach a doc or a pharmacist - what should I be concerned with with this double dose?

Thank you

HIV support groups for heterosexuals

I have been diagnosed HIV positive this week. My mind is blowing, I don't know what to do and where to go. I live in Vancouver and all my family is back in Europe. Is there a support group for heterosexual HIV positive people?
When and where does it take place? Thank you.

SECOND EXPOSURE WHILE ON PEP

i recently got into a relationship with a lady i did not know of her HIV status. we eventually had an vaginal sex (with no condom). i was very worried though she told me not to that she was sure that she is negative. but out of fear, i went to my clinic and i was given PEP treatment at about 40 hrs post exposure.
the relationship continued and we had another sex 6 days after i started PEP. i was not a brief sex at all and i ended up having some injury on my penis as a result of the activity.
I almost discontinued the PEP, but asked her to just do the HIV test, and it came out positive. i was shocked!!!!!
i have not had any rashes, fever, sore throat and all that except jaundice, nausea and severe weakness once i take the drug.
i experienced an unexplained burning sensation,needle like pricks and colicky pain in and on my penis and my scrotum. sometimes i feel like something wants to come out but nothing comes out of my penis. this started about two weeks after exposure. but no discharge nor sore nor rash around my perineum nor inguinal area.
all STI screening i did were negative and i had to take treatment for STI just in case ( this was my decision).
i have completed my pep and got tested again at day 33 post exposure and day 30 on pep and im still negative.
i was placed on LAMIVUDINE AND TENOFOVIR + ATAZANAVIR AND RITONAVIR.
my questions are
1) will my second exposure limit the efficacy of PEP?
2) should i have extended my PEP to 6 more days.?
3) are those symptoms i had possibly due to seroconversion?
4) is my current negative result encouraging?
thanks a lot for your anticipated prompt response. i am honestly scared.

also, i just got an antibody test approximately 2 months post pep and 3 months post exposure. it came negative. i don not know what to make out of this as my symptoms still persist. my palms and sore of my feet are peeling of now. my bones ache and i am tired like my soul is out of my body. i need help please

He Didn't Tell ME

Hello,
I am nervous because I had oral sex with a man who was undetected for 30 years but he did not tell me until after it happened. He performed it on my penis and I only did it oral to his anus. We had a heavy make out session and he came on his body, but some of it got on me and I wiped it off with a towel. A week later I have some chest pain and my tongue is white with some bumps on the back of the tongue. Is it too late for prep?! What can I do?

Swollen Lymph Nodes?

Hi
I still have swollen lymph nodes while other symptoms are gone.
I’m on ART now, just wanted to know what cause ongoing lymphopathy
Is it overactive producing antibodies? Or it’s the virus hiding there?

how safe is it to have sex if viral load is unknown but taking medicine regularly and indulge in safe sex

hello Dr,

Recently in last week i had a sexual act with a HIV positive person , it was brief encounter which lasted hardly for two min. I had used a condom which i am pretty sure did not slip or break and neither it was a rough sexual intercourse as i had foreplay before indulging in the act , I even ejaculated inside her wearing the condom.

i love this women and had known her since last 15 years but this is the first time i had sex with her. In past i had oral sex where she had perform on me i took the test time but it was negative . I know well that she takes her medicine regularly but she has not taken her viral load test in last 10-11 months . i have told her to take the test in every six months but she gets upset on reminding her about her condition and that i hurt her by making her fill guilty that i might get HIV , i don 't want to lose her at this moment .

My question are.... 1} do i have to worry of the transmission if we are both unaware of the viral load even after performing safe sex .

2} is it safe to have sex with condom even if she does'nt take her viral load test but is on proper medication regularly .

3} do i need to worry and take a test after this recent sexual act.

4} how safe is it wearing a condom and getting into a sexual act in missionary position

Hand Injury At Work Risk Assessment

Hi. I recently injured my finger at work. The cut is not deep but not superficial either. It was bleeding quite a bit. My coworker rushed me to another room and then simply grabbed a clean tissue from the lobby and gently put it on my finger to make it stop bleeding and also using it as a bandage. He just put the tissue on my finger. He didn't press or directly touched my finger.

Was this situation a potential risk for HIV and Hep C transmission knowing that he did touch the tissue before putting on my finger and my finger was still bleeding at that time? I carefully watched his hands/finger and saw no blood on the tissue whatsoever but I am still really concerned about what happened.

Thank you.

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