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Living With HIV / Re: update on my life
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 10:43:11 PM »
having a very low nadir (the lowest point) of cd4s often means a longer time for recovery of cd4s cells. Having a very low nadir can also often mean that a person's cd4 recovery level might not be very high.

having no pre-hiv cd4 test, there's no way to tell what a person's "real" normal might have been. What is known is that cd4 <200 often mean people can be affected by opportunistic infections. The "normal" range is considered 400-1500.

and finally, it's not really how many cd4s you have; but how well they work - and that's based on your genetics. Some people with 400 are never ill; some people with >1000 often suffer from all sorts of illnesses.

fyi: starting with 5 tcells when diagnosed, it took me something like 15 yrs to get and remain over 200. for the next 10 yrs, I kept right around 300. they may not seem like much, but it has been 17 yrs since I was in the hospital with an OI and I can't even remember when I last had the flu or even a cold (knock on wood. LOL) I may not have a lot of immune systems warriors but the ones I do have are the best damned warriors ever.  ;D

personally, I've never worried about the percentage much. (although i know it is usually in the 16 to 20% range) before meds that percentage is good predictor of when to start; but after beginning meds and having some recovery, it doesn't matter so much. (heres some more info http://aids.about.com/od/aidsfactsheets/a/cd4percent.htm)

stay adherent. stay undetectable. try to live a healthier lifestyle (good food, less alcohol, more fitness, enough sleep, less stress) and enjoy life. ;)

I usually try to stay pretty upbeat but I am just worried that I'll never get better.
what are you using as a standard for "better"? Hopefully you're not thinking that having more cd4s or a higher percent equates to being/feeling "better". Better is how YOU feel. Do you have side effects? are you sick a lot? These are things that you and your doctor might find a work-around for, so check into that if you are having problems. Otherwise enjoy the health you have  ;)
Am I Infected? / Re: Please advice & help! Very scared.
« Last post by Urgent123 on Yesterday at 10:37:38 PM »
Just one last question, is there even a slight possibility of the negative being a false negative, from the infection 2 years ago? I'm asking because I'd rather be safe than to be sorry, and I do not want to give my boyfriend I love dearly anything. Would you guys suggest a rna PCR or a wb? Or maybe a 4th gen test in another month or so?
I saw this, too, and I am also eager to see how it plays out. BTW, I love this show! 
Living With HIV / Re: update on my life
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 10:28:26 PM »

          ojo     Hello....as long as you VL is UD and you % stays the same, you will be fine...your cd4 is going to take a while to recover, because it was too low, but eventually, will go up...get your labs done...hugs on your way        ojo
Don't know if this is the right area to post this

I love this show but the season ender had a bunch of twists....one I found interesting is Oliver is DX poz and is shown crying in bed when he tells his on again off again boyfriend. ABC choose to leave it as a cliff hanger.  Maybe I just never noticed before I was DX but has there ever been a poz character on a major weekly prime time tv show ?

I hope ABC handles it well.

Living With HIV / Re: update on my life
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 09:17:59 PM »
When Cd4's get that low, it can take forever for them to get higher.  And sometimes they don't get out of the 2 or 300's.  Your vl is what's important when you're on meds.  If it's undetectable then you should be okay. 

I see November of last year was your last labs?  Was your vl UD? 
Living With HIV / Re: quack watch
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 09:08:47 PM »
Same here I get angry just remembering her .

Me too. It's maddening.
Living With HIV / Re: quack watch
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 09:01:42 PM »
Joe is so right. Louise Hay was a "love yourself, heal your life" scammer that made thousands, if not millions off us.  I don't know how many of my friends, including me, had her damn book, crystals, supplements etc.   It's the same crap.

Same here I get angry just remembering her .
Living With HIV / Re: quack watch
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 09:00:53 PM »
Ah I was reading it as "louise...... heeeey" 😊 I'll Google just for the history lesson
Living With HIV / Re: quack watch
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 08:56:43 PM »
Joe is so right. Louise Hay was a "love yourself, heal your life" scammer that made thousands, if not millions off us.  I don't know how many of my friends, including me, had her damn book, crystals, supplements etc.   It's the same crap.
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