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Off Topic Forum / Re: A pre-operative education class.
« Last post by BT65 on Yesterday at 06:39:31 PM »
Glad it all went well.  So, are you ready for the surgery?
Living With HIV / Re: Another med change.....damn
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 06:33:15 PM »
Why does someone who weighs a lot get prescribed the same dosage as someone the size of a large doe?
because the dosages are generic. They are not calibrated to anyone's weight. I've often wondered if there are people who weigh 300+ lbs who have a hard time staying UD? Do people who weigh that much need a fourth med to remain UD because they are "under dosed"? Personally as someone who came through some aidsy years, I wonder if there aren't more people though who have under-weight issues with their meds. Do people under 150 have more gastro-intestinal problems, or other side effects, from being "over dosed"? (personal experience for myself seems to prove that part of the equation)

certainly if we could all afford therapeutic drug monitoring, we'd all be on our own "designer" dosages of ART. LOL

I don't you think you and my boyfriend realized I was sitting at the table when discussing my size. 
that was nice! come back through the area and let's do lunch again.  ;) Carowinds is open and it'd be fun!

I know, i know. it's my turn.  ::) I've been talking to the BF about really needing to visit OH again. I guess now that Spring is here, I need to decide on a time and just head up. Maybe I'll have to see if I can work something out by the end of May. It's been 5 yrs since I left my guys behind and I'm sure they need some fresher flowers by now. LOL (ah the vaunted LTS black humor LOL)

so are you on the Isentress still? how's that going for you? any sides?
Am I Infected? / Re: Sperm or pre ejaculate on anus
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 06:32:16 PM »
Yes, I understood it was a quote. My comment was just for you to be aware in the future what is appropriate languge.

Estoy infectado? / Re: No me atrevo a hacerme la prueba
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 06:12:57 PM »
OK. Yo sigo esperando un resultado alegre y negativo por Vd.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Posible infección?
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 06:10:07 PM »
Exactamente. El VIH no es su problema.
Estoy infectado? / Re: No me atrevo a hacerme la prueba
« Last post by Pedrogutierrez on Yesterday at 05:50:13 PM »
Buenas noches, finalmente me he realizado las pruebas a los 96 dias, el jueves que viene tendré los resultados.
Hoy me ha salido otro herpe labial, ya llevo 7 o 8 en tres meses, la parestesia ultimamente ya no la noto, ojalá no tenga nada y se quede todo en un susto.
Cuando tenga los resultados los postearé.
Living With HIV / Re: CD4 down from 648 to 534! VL stil <20
« Last post by leatherman on Yesterday at 05:27:03 PM »
they said it's just the CD4 count that I should be focusing on.
that is entirely correct. Personally in 22+ yrs of meds, I have only looked at my cd4% twice - and then only because I was curious. ;D

I really just suggested looking at that number because I figured when you saw that the percentage number was holding steady (or improving. I would bet good money that your % is stable or improving) that would help you feel more secure about your cd4 count (which is fairly stable).  ;)

a few more thoughts about cd4s then:
1) the normal range is 400 - 1500, so you're well in that range
2) the amount of cd4s is NOT an indicator of health. Of course, we know that <200 allows OIs to become an issue - but not everyone who has a cd4 count <200 becomes ill from OIs. Some people even get to single digits without any major OI illness. Some people live full healthy lives with few health issues with only 350 cd4s (personally my barely 312 cd4s have kept me out of the hospital for 17 yrs with only a couple colds and no flu in all those years) while others who have over 1000 cd4s live with health issue after issue. A person's immune system is more ruled by their genetics (which determines how well their immune system works) than an absolute number of cd4s.

all that leads to a few simple answers to a few simple questions:
you are UD?
are your cd4s above 200, and hopefully above 300?
are you experiencing any illness?

If you answers are that yes, you are UD; yes, your cd4s are >200; and no, that you are not having any side effects or illness, then clearly your HIV is under control and you're in fine health. Your next action steps are to simply stop stressing and worrying, and go live your life and enjoy every day you're alive.

As for me, me and my 312 cd4s have a ton of yard work to do so that I can go to the amusement park with a clear conscience tomorrow. LOL
Off Topic Forum / Re: A pre-operative education class.
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 05:14:50 PM »
So, I went the the class today and got an "A+" and a gold sticker star.

There were 11 of us taking the class. One worry wart and one older woman that kept interrupting because she just felt the need to talk. lol. Everyone was either having back or neck surgery by the same doc. The only question I asked was how many surgeries does he do in a day. Typically it's 4!!

They went through stuff to do pre-surgery and what to expect while in the hospital as well as post surgery.

The PT people were there too explaining their part in it all.

She gave us all a packet with these anti-bacterial cloths that we need to use the night before and the morning of. Then she said that they will be wiping us down twice more!! Ha! I won't bore you with the rest.

The good news is that we all will be getting private rooms! Yay!

Oh, and we all had to get sent for blood work and a nasal swab checking for the possibility of Mersa. I promptly left to beat the crowd and forgot my coat in the room. When I returned a note was left where I could find it. Dizzy me. ::)
Off Topic Forum / Re: VICE Episode On Curing Cancer With Measles And HIV
« Last post by tednlou2 on Yesterday at 04:53:37 PM »
Last night, "60 Minutes" did their own virus cancer treatment story.  This time, they used the polio virus.  Again, amazing results, at the right dose.  They up the dose, to see whether that produced better results.  They learned that was not good.  I know they need to find whether certain doses work better, but they already had success at lower doses.  Sad for those people with bad outcomes, but a higher dose may have been better.  Not sure why they raised the dose so much, instead of gradually stepping it up.

Two parts to watch here, if interested:

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