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Hi there. Thanks for the update. Hey dude you're technically UD (VL 30) ... You are reacting perfectly to the therapy. Take care. Cheere
Living With HIV / Re: travelling to singapore with meds
« Last post by terrymoore on Today at 01:14:05 AM »
no. Actually even at home i remove all the labels from the bottles - only me and my wife and my Dr. know about my condition and we want to keep it that day. When i travel, i use either an Advil bottle or a generic pill bottle.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Long term survivor and isolation !
« Last post by rondrond on Today at 01:13:55 AM »
Welcome monin...

Winters are getting harder to weather....sorry to hear of the problems it has been causing your health.

It seems that I find a regime that relieves my symptoms, and then...something new has to pop up.....

At least you got your Dr synced....I had to do the same and it has been wonderful knowing we are all on the same page as for years it appeared it was.. 'every Dr for himself.'

The loneliness is overwhelming at times, and I am surrounded by family....but they really don't know what I've really lost....though they do try.

Hang in there...change is inevitable and you seem to be taking steps to get through today and make it better for your future.

Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Changing things up...
« Last post by rondrond on Today at 01:00:42 AM »
....went to the Pulmonogist on Wednesday.

Met Dr F.....he's real nice and he is going to be as aggressive as Dr G ....

Already scheduling me for a new Sleep Study, a PFT test....in a body box....which I had never even heard of..and has already ordered the CPAP Machine...


It reminds me of the Jetson's....

...and I have a new pill..Singulair

Got home and after a power nap, was watering the yard and a young man was going door to door with a clipboard.....

At first, I thought he was with Jehovah's Witness, but he had on shorts and a light blue polo style shirt....

I tried to look like I was diligently watering and I heard a voice behind me

"Excuse me, sir?"

So I sighed and asked what he was selling....he worked for Direct Tv......

At first I was giving him a hard time, but I had already been doing research on Direct Tv as Charter Cable has gone up in pricing almost double and the service has gone down just as much.

So I gave him a break and got the skinny on everything I had not been able to get answered in trying to read all the fine print online....

So....I now have Direct Tv at half the price I was paying for Charter.

*standing in line at Charter with a bag full of two boxes and an old internet modem from 5 years ago when Katie and I had separate internet accounts*

"Next...oh...are you upgrading?"   

"No, I'm CAncelling"

 I have been wanting to say that every year they raised the price...just a little bit more...

..it felt great.

"Who are you going with? How much are they charging you?" she demanded.

"None. of. your. business."  tra-lala-lala....

I am finally out from under Charters thumb.

Estoy infectado? / AYUDA POR FAVOR URGENTE
« Last post by matereus on Today at 12:50:37 AM »
Hola , hace 12 horas estube con una trabajadora sexual, en pleno aacto sexual al minuto de la penetracio se rompió el condón y al instante que sentí eso claramente como se rompió por lo cual pase a sacar mi pene , me di cuenta q mi preludio y parte de la punta del glande estuvieron expuestos , no note fluidos vaginales ni hubo lubricación artificial , tampoco secreción de fluido preseminal de mi parte , luego de eso me quite el condón con papel higiénico y me limpie con un poco de alcohol , me puse un nuevo condón y seguimos con el acto, luego de 30 minutos me lave el pene sólo con alcohol por todas partes , el prepucio, el glande y el bello púbico mi pregunta es , es tan grave la exposición q tube, cuanto riesgo de contagio tengo? Estoy angustiado tengo planes y un hijo q no puedo desamparar , así mismo me gustaría saber en ccuanto tiempo es recomendable hacerme la prueba de elisa y si existe alguna prueba para saber ahora mismo si estoy infectado o no.
Agradezco su atención .
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Changing things up...
« Last post by rondrond on Today at 12:43:49 AM »
We only have well water also,
tastes good , smells good , tests good , must be good !
only problem is when the power goes out , no pump and no water.
The worst problem with that is the toilets won't flush.

I drank Artesian Well water until I was 16 when we moved from Waco to Fort Worth.

Anytime my maternal grandparents would move, first on the list was to dig a well.....

I did have a time of it with the mineral stains for the longest time as I would say I had brushed my teeth before bedtime when I hadn't.....

Paid for it for years at school with everyone accusing me of smoking, which I never did.

Living With HIV / Re: Got Stribild Today, Making the Switch from Atripla
« Last post by next2u on Yesterday at 11:33:20 PM »
thanks gam!

yeah, no more headaches. my energy levels have tapered off a bit. i have been waking up every night around 330 for no reason. i don't feel as lethargic in the mornings or sapped through out the day. the last two days ive been a bit tired but ill see how i feel after a full night of sleep.

so, a pb & j and a glass of almond milk gives me 450 calories. its a great way to get that caloric requirement in case something else doesnt come up. fortunately, a lot of things have come up and ive been using this need to eat at night as an excuse for eating a lot more at night :)

so far so good. everything is an improvement across the board. i'd do it again in a heartbeat and now wish i would have done it earlier.

Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / My labs...[sigh...] :-(
« Last post by terrymoore on Yesterday at 11:07:27 PM »
Hi again,
I went for a follow-up CBC for the first time after starting statins. I came out of the dr's appointment in dismay. Although my total cholesterol level has gone down and is now within the normal range, my LDL is still high at 140 (down from 176) but my HDL is low and my Triglycerides are still high. Also my sugar is slightly high at 101 (i think the top limit is 99) and so is my Uric acid 6.1.
What is most concerning though is my high Lymphocytes at 65(!!)...
Maybe i am over-reacting and too concerned with the numbers (i have always been a control freak). The Doc said not to worry, to do more exercise (which i do!) and eat healthier (which i have been doing!).
She also said that the high Lymhocytes are probably from an infection or virus which i probably have but after being scrutinised by me,  explained that if the reading is high next time she would want me to see an oncologist b/c it may be a sign of Lymphoma!! She told me not to worry about that now, but of course i cannot get it out of my head.
I can't believe i'm saying this, but i was really down after that checkup. I couldn't sleep, i was really depressed. I have never been depressed. I am 45 years old and have always been in good shape. I read that i will live a normal life if i adhere to my meds, but this doesn't seem normal to me. Am i just over-reacting and worrying too much?
Positive Women / Re: Checking In
« Last post by Jazabella on Yesterday at 10:59:24 PM »
Hello ladies, I myself am new to this site. I am in hopes that I can get supoort as well as meeting other ladies here.
Estoy infectado? / Miedo vih
« Last post by alejoune on Yesterday at 10:57:30 PM »
Estoy algo intranquilo tube sexo vaginal con una mujer yo use el.preservativo pero mi miedo es que ella estaba con el periodo y toda esa sangre me callo en mis genitales donde unos 2 días antes me había rasurado . existe riesgo que el vih pudiera haber entrado poro donde me rasure
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