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My upper body is very cold. Then it's hot again when sitting beside an heater. I have a bad ankle joint infection. Very pain full.unavle to.move it. Bit of dry cough and head head ache. Lost apitide on food and it weak too

Hi thanks for your question. We’d encourage you to share these symptoms and the information you shared about your ankle infection with a doctor, so that they can give you the most appropriate advice.

Is it possible for HIV positive to have bald hair at the back of his head?

Thanks for your question. Men and women of any age may lose their hair for a variety of reasons, and it is often a natural part of the aging process. Like a person who is HIV negative, a person living with HIV may or may not have some degree of hair loss. This is not a symptom of HIV. If you are concerned about hair loss, speak to your doctor about what treatment options may exist.

I dont know what’s happening I’m just a but scared cos it’s outbreak is massive and i dont know if i am or not because i get hot sometimes, i feel nauseated sometimes i work in a factory so im always tired my body temperature Increases for no reason i dont know if it’s because i kind of have an ear infection or not

Hi, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to provide you with any information. The best thing to do in your situation would be to immediately seek out medical advice from a doctor. If you are concerned that this is a sexual health problem, and you live in NSW, we would recommend giving the sexual health info link a call on 1800 451.

I started taking Prep in Late December, via an online source at https://www.purchase-prep.com/product/ricovir-em-u-k-n-ireland/ In January up until present, I began to experience acute episodes of dizzy spells, which present as vertigo in nature. It happens sometimes daily at any given time in which I can only explain as the feeling of spinning myself around very quickly. This symptom resolved as quickly as it began and lasts for several seconds. There are no other associated symptoms with this. No nausea, no vomiting, no falls other than feeing slightly off-balance for the short duration. I have no neurological hx and have no neurological deficits during these episodes. I am normally fit and well with no pre existing medical conditions or co morbidities, and do not take any other regular prescribed medication other than a supplement of B12 due to a transient deficiency, which has resolved following the b12 tablets. I understand from you FAQ that symptoms are normal and normally cease after a few weeks. Is this something I need to be concerned about as I am currently unable to obtain a GP appointment (which is always the case these days!)?

Hi, thank you for your question. We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing bad side effects from your PrEP medication. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with medical advice as you will need to follow up with your GP as soon as possible, as these side effects haven’t gone away. If you can’t get in to see a GP we would also recommend calling the NSW Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624 to speak to a sexual health nurse.

Is it possible for men to donate sperm at a sperm bank with HIV, if they're taking the Prep and have the virus at undectable levels.

Hi, thank you for your question. Surprisingly, we don’t actually have the answer to this question! The best thing to do would be to get in contact with a sperm bank clinic and explain the situation as they would be in the best position to provide you with advice. Sorry we couldn’t provide any more information!

Should i have to come out to my doctor?

Hi, thanks for your question! Deciding whether to come out to your doctor is entirely up to you! It’s a personal decision that no one else can make on your behalf. However, it’s a good idea to find a doctor who you are comfortable discussing sensitive issues with, especially if you get your sexual health screening done with your regular GP. If your doctor knows what type of sex you may be having, that will help inform the types of tests needed to get a proper screen. For instance, if your doctor doesn’t know that you may be having anal sex, they are not likely to recommend getting a rectal swab done during an STI screen (which is recommended for gay men having anal sex). If you don’t currently have a doctor that you feel comfortable discussing your sexuality with, you can find this helpful list of gay-friendly GPs based in NSW here: https://www.acon.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Gay_Friendly_GP_List_February-2017_ACON.pdf. Sexual health clinics are also a great place to get judgement-free sexual health screens. You can find your nearest clinic by calling the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Hello how are you? Headspace gives me your website, because my boyfriend is really depressed and doesn’t feel good. So I want to help him to get a better life.

Hi, thanks for your question. ACON offers a confidential counselling service for LGBTI people who may be experiencing distress and who might benefit from support in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. To access the service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone. For more information or to undertake an assessment please contact ACON on 9206 2000. You can find out more about the mental health services ACON offers here: https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/mental-health/. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

I want to start my transsexual progress

Hi, thanks for your question. If you would like more information or resources specifically relating to support for transgender people or have specific questions, there are a number of organisations which can help. The Gender Centre has lots of info, groups and support services, and are a great first point of contact. Their website is: https://gendercentre.org.au/. ACON, which has offices in Sydney, Lismore and Newcastle, has counselling and other support for all LGBTI people, including transgender people. Our website is: https://www.acon.org.au/. ACON can also provide phone counselling via skype if you don’t live near our offices. Speaking to a trusted GP about this can also be a good first step. They will be able to refer you to other health professionals who will be able to assist. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

I'm born with hiv I got it from my parents. Can I get married to a negative partner?

Hi and thank you for your message. It is increasingly the case that positive people are having relationships with negative people. This often requires some time and negotiation between the two partners to ensure both parties are confident and comfortable with the relationship. What has made this negotiation easier are increasing numbers of people on medication with undetectable viral loads. An undetectable viral load means there is no risk of transmitting HIV – it would be worthwhile to look at the treatment section on the Ending HIV webpage - https://endinghiv.org.au/nsw/treat-early/ Hope this is helpful and please let me know if you require more information.