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Accompanying a friend to get tested for HIV

In about an hour I am accompanying a close friend in his mid-20s getting tested for HIV. How can I be supportive both during and after the testing, regardless of outcome?
posted by Corduroy on Jan 18, 2014 - 8 answers

 

All I Want for Christmas is to be Negative

I had an encounter with another man several weeks ago. I would normally wait for the end of the three month window to check my status, but I have recently gotten sick, which (given the vague symptoms listed for acute retroviral syndrome) has me spooked. I have made arrangements to get tested later in the week by DNA PCR (18 days after exposure, with the understanding that I will still get tested at 3 months), which should give me a decent degree of confidence whether I have HIV and whether these symptoms are ARS. However, I won't get these results until well into next week. In the meantime, it's the holidays, and I need to keep up my spirits and not cause chaos with 'what ifs.' Not that this is a conversation I'd ever feel comfortable having with my family. I'm feeling really isolated and am spending too much time inhabiting my own head. I could really use some external feedback about how high my risk is and whether I have any right to be this worried. Handwringing details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Condom doesn't cover entire penis - aids virus risk?

I always practice safe sex, but the condom doesn't cover my entire penis and some of it is in contact with the vagina. Does this seriously increase my risk of being infected with HIV? (I use XL size condoms, but they don't cover everything, and as I tend to go deep, some of my skin is touching the vagina; but the most important parts are covered)
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Songs about the early years of HIV/AIDS

What are some songs about the early years of HIV/AIDS in the US and the politics surrounding it? Think musical equivalent of something like Angels in America. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 17, 2013 - 34 answers

clinical trial - what questions should I be asking?

I'm considering joining a clinical drug trial. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Your slogan here.

I run a program that directs people with HIV and at risk for HIV infection to research they might qualify for. We are co-sponsoring an event for providers in the HIV field. We would like to hand out swag mugs, but we have no idea what to say in such a small space. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Oct 7, 2013 - 14 answers

What are colleges doing about HIV other than "get tested/use condoms"?

What are examples of colleges that are doing new or innovative things in addressing HIV? I am most interested in approaches directed at men who have sex with men, but any general approaches about HIV that are directed at everyone or at other high risk populations would also be helpful. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jun 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Still scared about stupid sex

How to deal with intense anxiety from stupid and risky sexual decisions in the (pretty) distant past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 27 answers

Ethics or not

When the AIDS crisis showed up, I literally put my education on pause. I figured I would spend the next 5 years caring for friends until they all died, and then go back to school. 23 years later, I have 23 years of experience in HIV research and social services and a B.A. in religious studies. Snowflaky details.... [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Feb 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Possibly HIV Positive -- Now What

I may have HIV and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2013 - 51 answers

Exposed to HIV but not infected. Do I need to tell?

I was exposed to HIV last year, but am not infected. Do I need to disclose this to future partners? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2013 - 39 answers

HIV: How likely is it to contract M to F?

I am a 20 year old Canadian female--I had a lot of unprotected sex with a very promiscuous male around 2 years ago. How possible is it that I may have contracted HIV? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Sep 21, 2012 - 55 answers

Doctor told me I don't need HIV test

Does it make sense for my doctor to tell me I don't need an HIV test, because I'm a heterosexual male and I only had unprotected sex with one person in the last 6 months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me find a possibly Asian AIDS film

MovieFilter: My Google skills are failing me, so help me find a film I saw years ago about AIDS/HIV, where a young-ish man videotapes his daily experiences with AIDS using a handheld camera. It's probably not the blockbuster(s) you're thinking of. More vague details inside. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor on Jul 25, 2012 - 0 answers

Preparing for a Possible HIV-Positive Result?

Preparing for a Possible HIV-Positive Result? [more inside]
posted by cscott on Jun 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Sex and the Negative Guy

Dear MetaFilter: I need advice on serodiscordant dating. (That is, when a HIV- guy starts seeing a HIV+ guy.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 - 10 answers

How to get involved in CCR5 HIV research?

I am homozygous CCR5 delta32, and I've been wondering about getting involved in HIV (or other) research. Can someone tell me how I would go about that? [more inside]
posted by totalbs247 on Mar 19, 2012 - 3 answers

What is my risk of contracting HIV?

He is HIV+, I am not. Have our activities put me at risk? (potentially NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 - 21 answers

My fear of AIDS is destroying my life

I'm a 28 year old gay male. My fear of AIDS is destroying my life. It's so bad that I don't really want to be gay anymore. [more inside]
posted by Tyrant King Porn Dragon on Dec 1, 2011 - 45 answers

Make me laugh/cry/think for World AIDS Day

What are the best, most moving speeches, images, or articles on the internet about or related to World AIDS Day?
posted by treehorn+bunny on Dec 1, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ gay man?

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ man? I'm about to turn 25 and thanks to healthcare legislation I've been given a small window of time to travel unencumbered by the fear of loosing health insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Feeling less negative about someone being positive...

A good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with HIV. Help me stop feeling super sad about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 - 20 answers

HIV history and cultural consequences

Looking for books about the history of HIV/AIDS in North America. Wanting both clinical/ epidemiology and social narratives. Also, would love anything that touches on stage performers and the affect it had on creative fields during the 80s.
posted by asockpuppet on Jun 30, 2011 - 12 answers

For real?

Is AIDS (or HIV) been...cured? What? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jun 6, 2011 - 13 answers

So now what do we do?

So we are in an icky situation involving a friend dying of AIDS. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 - 35 answers

How can a negative HIV test affect a person's insurance premiums?

I'm a health care professional, and I recently read on a physician's blog that a negative HIV test on your health record may affect life or health insurance premiums. I have a vague idea of why this might be, but if any infectious disease, insurance or other professionals could shed some light on this, please explain!
posted by cothebadger on Nov 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Oral sex - how risky is low-risk?

Unprotected oral sex outside my relationship: is this risky enough to warrant a confession? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 - 26 answers

Can I take the quick test?

I have HIV antibodies due to participation in a vaccine trial, will one of the fast RNA tests work on me? [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow on Jun 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I donate my gay blood?

Saying that you have had sex with a man ("even once") disqualifies you for blood donation most places. But I know I don't have HIV. Is it ethical to lie on the intake survey so I can still donate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2010 - 106 answers

Does be asked to come to the clinic for STD test results mean doom?

My automated online and phone results to my STD tests both said negative, but I just got a call asking me to come in to the clinic for my results. Should I be freaking out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Babysitter just diagnosed with HIV......

DESPERATE! Babysitter diagnosed with HIV...... [more inside]
posted by pamspanda on Nov 12, 2009 - 41 answers

AnxietyFilter: had a risky sex encounter 8 months ago, just tested HIV-negative, and still going a little crazy. Help?

AnxietyFilter: had a risky sex encounter 8 months ago, just tested HIV-negative, and still going a little crazy. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 26 answers

Friends in low places

A friend of mine, recently married, went to Africa and slept with 3 prostitutes. He came back about 3 months ago, and over the last 3 weeks he has had an insistent cough and flu like symptoms. He went to the doctor, and the doctor did a lung and throat check-up and everything was fine there. So the doctor ordered a HIV test. Results are coming on Friday. [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon on May 12, 2009 - 31 answers

My hairdresser has HIV.

My hairdresser just learned that she has HIV. Should we do anything differently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 - 10 answers

one “indeterminate” test + one “negative” test = HIV negative?

HIV testing filter: Does a negative test always trump an indeterminate one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2008 - 6 answers

How safe?

How safe is Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2008 - 10 answers

HIV Support in DC

I need support! In February of 2007, I found out that I am HIV+. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Anxiety before HIV test

How do I deal with HIV test window period anxiety? I had a risky encounter (unprotected sex) with a girl last week -- I trusted her when she said she'd been tested, which she told me on the way to the bedroom (had she not said anything I wouldn't have asked, and just used a condom). Before the encounter, I thought I knew her pretty well as she'd been a friend for a few months. Shortly afterwards she announces that she has a new boyfriend and cuts off all contact with me. I know I should get tested, but HIV tests aren't conclusive until after 3 months since it takes time for the antibodies to show up. I wouldn't be so worried if she'd still be talking to me. My question is ... how do I deal with the anxiety for the next three months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2008 - 22 answers

I Vant To Drink Your Blood!

RidiculousHypotheticalQuestion: If someone were to drink a mouthful of HIV/AIDS infected blood, what would the chances of becoming infected be? (This was spawned from one of those ridiculous back-and-forths, about infected candy, at work.)
posted by P.o.B. on Aug 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Anonymous, free, non-needle-based HIV testing in NYC?

In NYC: routine HIV testing that is anonymous (not "confidential"), uses saliva or a fingertip-prick (not a blood draw from the arm), and is free or very cheap -- those three things are musts -- that is in or close to the 5 boroughs? I don't need fast results; just looking for my usual periodic tests. This was easy and free in my former (smaller) city; am I just missing something in NYC?
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Looking for a crash course in immunology and HIV.

I have been hired to write a slide kit focusing primarily on developments in the field of HIV vaccines. Problem is, I have no medical training at all -- not even a biology course. I need to find resources that will give me a basic background in immunology without assuming prior medical knowledge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Is there a doctor in the house?

Calling ikkyu2: How is a clinical diagnosis of AIDS (as distinct from HIV infection) made? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Feb 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Anonymous Hep A, B, and HIV testing.

I am looking for places that do anonymous testing for Hep B, Hep A and HIV. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2007 - 14 answers

Viral and bacterial infection at the same time?

So my girlfriend went to the "girl doctor" and was told that she might have chlamydia..ok shocking but no big deal. The doctor also noticed a bump on her rear end..and stated that it was a type of viral infection. Now the doctor tells her that its very uncommon to have a bacterial and viral infection at the same time. That it could be a sign of HIV..... Any truth to this? We are both freaking out now and the test results don't come back until wednesday.. She said she was tested before me and was clean.. I personally was never tested, but my ex-girlfriend was (the only other one I've been with) and she was clean of HIV and everything as well..
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2007 - 23 answers

Bisexuality and the law?

Calling all legal experts. Is it a potential lawsuit when a bisexual male does not disclose the fact he's active bisexual while he's actively involved with a heterosexual female?
posted by GoodJob! on Nov 11, 2007 - 77 answers

HIV confidentiality on the internet

Search engines and HIV confidentiality [more inside]
posted by lassie on Oct 11, 2007 - 9 answers

He took the blue pill...

Is there a doctor in the house? Is the medication Trizivir used for ANYTHING other than to treat HIV? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2007 - 63 answers

A complicated situation with an FIV-positive (Feline HIV) cat...

Our neighbor abandoned his cat. We've been taking care of him. We're moving. We just found out he has FIV (feline HIV.) The complex dilemmas and a plea for advice within... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on May 1, 2007 - 18 answers

Resources and anectdotes related to Feline HIV

Seeking resources and anecdotes related to Feline HIV [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Apr 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Could HIV be frozen out?

Could HIV be treated cryogenically? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Jan 1, 2007 - 13 answers

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