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Offline audioholic

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First Blood test results. . .
« on: May 02, 2007, 06:04:54 PM »
so im still kinda new to this stuff. . . . was diagnosed like the 12th or 13th of april did some reasearch and found a specialist within the week. . . i just got my first bloodwoork back and he said its pretty good ;D

my t4 count was 418 and my viral load was 28,890 ??? ???
he said that was pretty good and its completely up to me to start meds now or later

i also got my blood submitted to a mutation ??? test which will tell me how aggresive the HIV virus is (as far as how fast it multiplies in the body and how the protien coat changes and "evolves" with the host) i dont know how common this test is but my dr. thought it was pretty cool. It tells me what drugs will work which ones wont etc. Theres only one lab in the states that does that, its in CA so its not back yet.

That comes back in 2 weeks, hes gona call me. He said if i have a weaker strain to wait on meds, and possibly never have to, or, a stronger more aggressive strain to start on a regimen best suited for my mutation of the virus. ::) :( ???

ok. . . . all of that said, sorry for blabbing, i want all the feedback you guys feel to share ;D

its kinda weird, i think my fiance (my bf) is taking it harder than i am.  .  :-[

thanks in advance for any advice or info to help me out  8) 8)
4/07-  vl:28,918  cd4:418
7/07-  vl:38,710 cd4:354
10/07-  vl:21,320 cd4:278
baseline started meds 1/08 vl:25,589 cd4:247
2/08 vl:410 cd4:320
2/08 vl:380  cd4:374
3/08 vl:310  cd4:419   23%
3/08 vl:240  cd4:384   27%
4/08 vl:119  cd4:383   23%

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Re: First Blood test results. . .
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007, 06:49:20 PM »
Hi,

first of all it's a first test, so you'll have to see how the number evolve with the second and third test. Your numbers are very good, close to mine :)

A CD4 of 418 and Viral load (how much virus there is) is certainly no concern for meds right now, unless you have another condition, which doesn't seem to be the case. The viral load is logarithmic, so 28890, 20000, 35000 is essentially the same.

The mutation test tells your doctor what kind of virus you have, if you ever have to go to meds it will tell your doctor what medication will work on your virus. It's a very good test to take, and i'm glad your doctor ordered it.

I suggest that you start reading the lessons on here http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/BloodTest_5030.shtml to understand what cd4, vl etc is and how they are important.

When is the second test due? Oh and ask your doctor about the CD4 percentage and let us know :)

Welcome to the forums, and feel free to ask any question :)

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: First Blood test results. . .
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2007, 12:24:38 PM »
Hi and welcome,

I agree with Milker. It's generally considered a good idea to wait for at least two or three test results to get an idea of the pattern of your numbers and the direction they seem to be heading.

You're right. This is still very new to you. You don't have to worry that you're going to fall into a black hole if you don't rush to get started on the meds. The most important thing is for you to have your numbers monitored regularly and to develop a good working partnership with your doctor. That means among other things being able to ask questions.

Of course you're also welcome here to ask questions and to discuss anything that is on your mind.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline bizennie

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Re: First Blood test results. . .
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 11:18:23 AM »
Interesting reading.....I just tested positive with a CD4 count of 108.  I am very scared. I am feeling well. My Doc has not advised anything yet, am yet to meet him. I need support and encouragement. How do I lift up the CD4 count to appreciable levels even before medications? Does anyone think I should now start on some Medications, how do I know what type of medications.  Any one out there with some experience please let me know.

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Re: First Blood test results. . .
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2007, 11:25:24 AM »
Hi biz,

a single number like this doesn't mean much. Your doctor will need to have an overall assessment of how your body is functioning, and that includes many blood tests. When you meet your doctor, he will have those results, and will be able to discuss with you what options are available, given your condition.

You may want to read the "Things you should know before treatment" lesson on here: http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/Treatment_5031.shtml before your visit, so that you come to the doctor with some idea of what he's going to talk about.

Doctors like it when they see that you've done a little bit of research, they get more open and go into more details because they know you will understand what they're talking about. Otherwise they're vague, and when you start getting more educated you're frustrated because he didn't tell you enough.

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: First Blood test results. . .
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007, 11:37:45 AM »
Hi biz,

a single number like this doesn't mean much.

Well, to a degree.  I mean how low must even an initial cd4 count be to begin meds?  If it came back as "5" it's a safe bet that when the 2nd one comes back it still isn't going to be above 200.  If I had 108 on my first test, and I don't mean to scare bizennie, I'd not fob it off and wait several months to make a decision.

It's not like getting 418 on your first test and realizing you have a safety zone of +/- 100 on either side of that.  I would not be surprised at all if bizennie's doctor goes ahead and recommends starting treatment.  Even if the next test doubled his cd4's he's starting at a level that is still within treatment guidelines.  (assuming he can't conclusively state that he just seroconverted, which he didn't provide any information on... and such claims I'm always very dubious about unless someone has been testing consistently which is generally not the case)
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Offline milker

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Re: First Blood test results. . .
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007, 11:42:44 AM »
Well, to a degree.  I mean how low must even an initial cd4 count be to begin meds?
Yes, I wanted to say that it doesn't mean much to assess what treatment would be the best.

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline bizennie

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Re: First Blood test results. . .
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007, 07:18:23 AM »
Your contributions have assisted me greatly.  I will see my Doctor tomorrow and of course, I will do the research.

Biz

 


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