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Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda!
« Last post by coco415 on Yesterday at 11:39:37 PM »
andy  y jeff alas 7 semanas e probado y salio negativo con una prueba de antibodies. gracias por el apoyo ke me brindaron soy una persona muy nerviosa y ahora si ya entendi mejor no ponerme en esta situacion otra vez.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Undetectable.
« Last post by Since1993 on Yesterday at 11:37:56 PM »

This is as opposed to someone who has been poz and untreated for years. There comes a time when their body can no longer mount such a strong defence against hiv, and so once again the VL rises to high numbers such as those seen in early infection. When someone starts meds this late in the game, it can take months to become UD.

You've also had an excellent CD4 recovery. If you had been someone who had untreated hiv for years, not only would it have taken longer for you to reach UD, you may have also struggled for quite some time to get your CD4 levels back up to normal levels.

17 years untreated, 120,000 VL, 25 CD4 count.

It only took 7 weeks on Atripla to become undetectable and 1 1/2 years to get CD4 count > 200.  Becoming undetectable is much easier than recovering CD4 count in later stage HIV infection.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Undetectable.
« Last post by Since1993 on Yesterday at 11:06:10 PM »
When your immune system is suppressed, then suddenly awakened after the initiation of HAART, there is the potential of physical problems associated with the overreaction of a newly awakened immune system for several weeks to months.  Underlying inflammatory-related illnesses can occur along with a host of other problems until the body has adjusted to its new "normal" immune response post HAART.  It comes with the territory.  They treat the symptoms and move forward.

Psychologically-speaking, if you were prone to depression/anxiety pre-HAART, physicians will take that into consideration before prescribing a HAART like Atripla because it can exacerbate underlying depression.  It is perfectly normal to go through a psychological adjustment period post-HAART initiation, which can be fueled by physical problems and/or the medications you are taking.  It is very important that if you begin to experience depression, anxiety or persistent thoughts of death and/or suicide that you immediately contact your physician and/or go to the emergency room. 
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Undetectable.
« Last post by drewm on Yesterday at 10:46:48 PM »
Congrats on the U.D.!
Living With HIV / Re: Well, I'm on the STATINS Train
« Last post by tryingtostay on Yesterday at 10:44:55 PM »
Didn't read the entire thread but first off let me just say I envy your care that you get.  Now.  Just a suggestion and if anyone knows better please correct me but to help along with your gum health you can try oil pulling.  Coincidentally I am doing an oil pull now with Coconut Oil.  Apparently it's also used in the bedroom a-lot, if you know what I mean.. oddly I found that out on a Christian Love hotline.  Don't ask me how I got there but 'coconut oil' was the googled topic, hehe ;)
Living With HIV / Re: My brother won't eat my food.
« Last post by drewm on Yesterday at 10:43:57 PM »
Of course you can't get HIV from food.  As Pat Robertson claims, we all have AIDS rings, so when we shake hands with folks, a little pin under the ring transmits HIV.


Where is my AIDS ring???? Where is it???? :o
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Undetectable.
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 10:41:53 PM »
I have a list of questions for him
having a list is always an excellent move when visiting a doctor. It says in a subtle way that you care enough about your situation to ensure that those issues get discussed. It can influence a doctor to care more about you - because you care about you.  ;) Twenty-two years under treatment of an Infectious Disease doctor, twenty-two year of medications and lab work and I always go to the doctor with list in hand. Even when I don't have any issues or questions, my list at least has my last labwork listed for comparison.
Living With HIV / Re: My brother won't eat my food.
« Last post by tryingtostay on Yesterday at 10:37:31 PM »
why is there no edit button for our posts, sigh - i know there is but what's with the timer.. 5 minutes or so after a post and it can't be edited?  *shakes fists at teh sky*
Off Topic Forum / Re: I am a criminal
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:31:17 PM »
Much love is mutual  :-* .
Off Topic Forum / Re: I am a criminal
« Last post by Matty the Damned on Yesterday at 10:26:42 PM »
Reminded of a quote:

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."  Desmond Tutu

Clearly you're not a spambot and I apologise for suggesting so.

Thank you for your supports.  :-*

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