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  1. Hey folks, hows things? Just saw this thread the other day, its nice to see people still come back to this thread. Well, still alive, I have stopped posting on most forums these days, I did'nt stop posting due to the diagnosis or anything, it was just coincidence. Just was finding that my productivity levels were fallen through the floor and been working online a lot, so needed to focus, without logging into a forum every 5 minutes, as fun as it is. As MM said 3 years since that last post, could'nt help laughing at Chelseafans reply, very funny, but the sentiment is appreciated, I know the NHS are slow with results, but they aren't that bad yet,haha. Well,I have to say I must be one of the luckiest people to have this virus. I could never have hoped or imagined that things would work out as they are doing. I m going to the doctor once every 6 months now. The virus has been undetectable since day one, and they have tried all the assays, the supposedly more sensitive ones, however, no sign of the virus in my blood anyway. Also my CD4 were at the lowest one the very first tests, 3 years ago in August around 840. Since that, about 7 tests they have been between 950-1150,which the upper limit of where they can go. The docs have talked about non-progression status which is a 0.7% chance of being if you have the virus. They said could be down to viral fitness, strain, the host...I like to think it is the host Joking aside, I have to say I am very lucky. Five years now with it almost, if I can get into the 5th year with the same results, then I ll be classed as long term non progressive, so fingers crossed. Thats why I only have to go once every six months. Apart from that, nothing much has changed, it is a bit shit when it comes to relationships,it is not exactly first date material, " hey just before you finish your dessert there, I hope you don't mind sleeping with an HIV person",,,haha, you know what I mean, although in saying that I did go out with a Thai student girl for a while, who accepted it, sexual side and all, and even came to a doc in Bumrungrad with me. It seems to be more UK birds have a problem, well the grand total of one that I told, so not many stats to go on there. All in all cannot complain and to be honest it doesn't really take up too much time in my mind. Reading back on this, it is good to see others have since gone and got tested when worried and there was no problems, its probably the worse type of dread feeling wondering and going for the test especially if you have a reason to be scared. When I m in Bangkok I still venture into the choice spots as a spectator, and its still good fun. Hope to be out after Christmas for a good long period, so anyone wants a beer let me know. Cheers, Chris
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    How to Buy Gold?

    Gold Coins Pros: Small, easy to store and sell, and easy to sell. Cons: Large premuims on the price as there is a certain "amount" of craftsmanship involved so paying way over the real spot price. The price would have to rise quite abit to break even, some of the premuims. An real life example was spot price $787, Canadian Maple leaf coin price $819...So a fair spread. Might be worth owning a couple as the price will probably move much higher anyway. ETF's Pros: Easy and cheap to own, no high costs, very liquid. Cons: Too many to be comfortable. Lack of auditing, I m very dubious if these ETF's have alot of this gold. They don't always track price. Too much counterparty risk... Solution...might be an idea to take deep out of the money put options out on the counter party as a hedge...Someone I spoke to online was holding an ETF from Lehmans but was worried about the counterparty risk...They were trading at over 30 USD at the time...I suggested taking out deep out of the money puts on Lehmans failing or at least the stock falling alot...that in itself would have been a very profitable move... Physical I think this is the way to go. Safe and you know you have the asset. Can be easily sold into the market Bullionby post I have signed up with these guys to buy some silver bars, seems like a good service. Guernsey Mint also... The Mint They have a good range of products and bullion bars... IMHO, owning some physical silver and gold is the way to go... You can also, hold emini future contracts using some leverage(or quite lot depending on how big your account is, and your margin cushion) One emini contract gives exposure to 33.3 ounces of gold, which is like holding ober $30,000 of gold. You can role the contract over each quarter. Again there is counterparty risk in the Comex also... All in all, buying and holding physical is the best way to go. Don't tell anyone you have it, and keep it safe... For investors who don't have large amounts of money to buy large amounts of gold, silver is the better option IMO. I actually think it will do better than gold as inflation adjusted it is over 80% belows its highs. Good Luck
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    HIV Treatment Success

    Hi Bust, well that is quite interesting. Well, while on topic of HIV, I may as well check in with an update. It is crazy and a flash, but that post I started is coming up in nearly 2 years now. It is hard to believe that for me. I read through that thread from start to finish not so long ago. I m surprised, but it has actually changed peoples opinions and behaviours from what I can gather. I m sure there are lots a few people who have googled HIV and Thailand, after they have come back from holiday, or who are just paranoid about their behaviour in LOS and found that thread coming up...So hopefully it has some effect, and paranoids go and get tested sooner rather than later, rather than being a nervous wreck for 18 months like myself. One of the posters in that thread said, that he thought the worst was behind me a few days after I made that post. I must pm him and say he was right, that the last 2 years have been much better, than the two years before it, ironically knowing I was poz made me feel better than not knowing,which I guess makes sense. Well, it really hasnt been too bad at all. If anyone ever gets that news, well it really does get better once you can sort it out in your head. To be honest I havent really been thinking about it at all. I would say it comes into my head one every couple of weeks...but I don't dwell, just many things can come into your head at anytime...HIV is no different. I think alot of this has to do with the medical side of things...I have been getting blood tests now since 2 years ago this August. I have went to see a specialist in Bumrungrad in that time, and have seen tow specilists in the UK. So far CD4 has been 740 832 940 1032 760 860 1160 was the last one 3 weeks ago...The viral load has been undetectable since day one. They have done roche viral load tests and all, and the doctor sat me down at my last meeting and said that they may consider putting me into a status of "super controller" if I can make another 12 months like this, which will be nearing the five year mark...This is all without medication. So thus far my body seems to be controlling the virus on its own, and I only need to go now 3 times a year and not four. I have had 6 months between appointments also. My cd4 have actually increased in the trend, and not fallen at all, and no vl. It will be four years this winter. So, if anyone else has had this news, keep your chin up as its not really too bad. I know I have been lucky so far. However, I know that these things can change, however you can olny live with the facts right now. And if I have to take meds in the future so be it. The only thing that is alittle annoying is the shagging part of things,haha. I miss my one night stands and BJ's...pretty shallow, eh? Hope to get back for long stay in Thailand next year, if a few things work out. Been back since, and its all fun still. Oh and by the way, I was meaning to write this a while back... I was there with my mate in bangkok for a few months, a while back. He knows about me of course, however, and is now shit scared. He did meet two girls on Sukhumvit, and he asked if they would mind getting tested, before he did anything. He just asked casually, no pressure if they would mind. They both did not mind. So he went to Bumrungrad the next day with the girl, and got the tests. Of course at different times( weeks apart when he met the two girls. Both were HIV negative, but one tested postive for hepatitis, and the other tested for something else(which was easily treatable), which he got her treatment for, I can't remember which one it was, maybe gonorrhea. I ll check... So two out of two tested for an STD. So there is alot of stuff out there... Cheers, laters. JS.
  4. Cheers Coops for the technical advice, and thanks to everyone else. So the risk is in who knows...I never here of too many people getting nicked for it. Being discrete seems to be the key. I know I mentioned it on here. But no one will know where I ll stay or my business. And if need be I ll just call the bookies with the phoneline account using skype or some other economical method. Cheers.
  5. Hi guys, just a quick question. If I was in bangkok, and earning money from fixed odds horse racing,(I know its sounds like a mugs game, haha, but I am actually making money doing it, consistently) and also the spreadbetting financial companies, using the likes of victor chandler, ladbrokes, William Hill, Betfair, and financial firms like IG Index etc etc, would I be at risk? I mean the sites do work? I know it is illegal but would the authorities know you are accessing these sites? Would I get the MIB at knocking my door? Any help on this would be appreciated it.
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    2008/2009 Football Season.

    Good day yesterday for the Arse...and Chelsea and Liverpool. Ferguson looked fuming in press conference. I would say that lambasting he gave the players yesterday will put an end for this season to any sub power performance by UTD standards... Walcott really starting to show what he can do...great stuff CS...Nasri looks good also. I just feel we need another player in midfield. Need to become tighter at the back also.
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    2008/2009 Football Season.

    Pretty good SJ...Thanks. Just been working away at things. What about yourself, are ya doin ok? I m sure you were a happy bunny end of last season...Anyway heres to a good season...Good to see the usual suspects are still on here...Look forward to some heated debate as the season gets started
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    2008/2009 Football Season.

    I reckon Sparky could do well there...alot of pressure on him all the same. Agree with Kev not being offered another job...perhaps when Capello blows it he will return as England manager Not too hopeful for Arsenals chances this year. I think this not buying players thing is down to not having the money, rather than wenger saying he doesnt want to buy success... Fantastic football against Newcastle all the same. However, I see us getting beat one nil away to Stoke still...and beating Chelsea or Man U, but Man U or Chelsea winning the league still... No faith in Liverpool also. Benitez much too negative... Hello again, longtime no speak.
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    Latest trends in Porn Films

    When kissing a girl you are most likely passing and mixing saliva, just wondering whats the difference from putting it on the genitals...? I ve never done it of course, but is it any different from saliva from a blowjob or kissing?
  10. Here is the answer to that query Steve http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Resistance/Archive/drug/Q179128.html
  11. pls do Steve. As a side note, with a little bit of humour. In the waiting room at the clinic the day I was waiting for my results, two of the most inappropriate songs came on that could, on the radio. Its like something out of a sitcom Number 1-Queen (Freddie Mercury)Dont stop me now Number 2-Marvin Gaye-Sexual Healing... I knew my number was up when those songs came on,lol. It was a sign,lol. cheers
  12. Hi Steve, sounds great man! Can you get tickets ok? If not let me know, and I can get you tickets for whatever game at Ashburton Let me know the game and I ll try and go myself. I havent been making proper use of my membership in the last couple of years.
  13. Hi Steve, I tested positive for HIV on July 9th I think it was. At that point I didnt have any blood tests for Cd4 or viral load until 2weeks later. I think you are a little bit confused about testing positive and viral load. An undetectable viral load doesnt mean you wont test positive for HIV. The test, tests for the HIv antibody which showed up on my test. So I had HIV. Confirmed. Then 2 weeks later I got my bloods done for cd4 and viral load. This was my first results. You are worng in saying that its impossible to have undetectable viral load without meds. Thats not correct. My first tests came back cd4 810 and viral load undetectable. Simple as that. This sentence you included is not at all medically correct. Read up on Thebody.com or aidsmap.org and you will find what you have written is not right. "To go from a detectable viral load (which would always follow a positive test result) to undetectable" Yes, my numbers are pretty good. But its not all together uncommon to have a set of numbers like this at the stage of disease progression I m at. Btw, I m being treated at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast by a Malaysian HIV specialist,called Say Quay, who has been treating this disease for 25 years.
  14. Thanks CS and Fezman, I m doing great by the way. Feeling happy and positive about everything. My viral load came back undetectable and my CD4 is 810, so I m healthy as can be.
  15. I would extend that even to general lots of the public also. Many people think that you will get HIV almost certainly if you sleep with someone who has it. Thank God thats not the case.
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