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michael80909:
HHEY EVERYONE,MY NAME IS MICHAEL AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAVE POSTED ANYTHING LIKE THIS ANYWHERE ON THE WEB OR ANYWHERE ELSE AS FAR AS THIS IS CONCERNED. I HAVE BEEN POZ NOW FOR 1 MONTH. NOT SURE EXACTLY HOW IM FEELING EXCEPT REALLY SCARED. I START MY MEDS ON THE 20TH OF JUNE 2007 AND TRUTHFULLY HAVE HEARD ALOT OF BAD THINGS ABOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS. IS THIS WHAT LIFE IS NOW JUST A BOTTLE OF PILLS. IF ANYONE HAS ANY ADVICE OR CAN TELL ME THERE EXPERIANCES I WOULD APPRECITATE IT ALOT THANKS

anniebc:
Hi Michael

First of all welcome to the forums.

It will take a while for everything to sink in...but I always found that knowledge and a good attitude are the best medicines, learn as much as you can..the guys here are a great bunch and will help you with any problems you come up against.

What meds are you starting on?..most HIV meds will carry some side effects but not everyone will suffer the same side effects, even those on the same combo can react very diferently to the meds.

There may be some of the guys here who are taking the same combo you are about to start and they can give you some advise on how to handle any side effects that may come up...just give us a little more info.

BTW...please use the lower case when writing..upper case is considered shouting, and can be difficult to read... ;)

Take care
Jan

Wolfhound:
Hey michael,

   Before you start taking meds have your doctor give you the phenotype and genotype resistence tests. They're expensive.  They will determine which antiretroviral drugs work best for you and your genotype. This way there will be no guessing games in terms of which drugs are most effective. I understand your apprehension. I've seen people have some bad reactions and side affects on the drugs.  If your doctor doesn't want to give you these tests find another doctor. I would not start taking any meds until you get the tests done.  Start keeping a record of all your tests and doctor visits. You've only known your HIV status for a month. Why are you jumping on the pill bandwagon so soon? How is your overall health? How do you feel about your doctor? Is this doctor an infectious disease specialist?  I ask this because there are a lot of mediocre doctors out there working in this area of medicine. It's only been about 25 years or so since the bug hit, that we know of, that's less than the blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things.  We're all on this learning curve.  Unless you are now seriously ill with the classic symptons, it sounds like you're rushing in and fear is effecting any rational thinking on your part. Get the phenotype and genotype resistence tests done so you have a better understanding of what's going on with your body and what medication will have potentially positive results. Stay frosty,stay focused and remain in control.

                                         Wolfhound

milker:
Hello Michael,

welcome to the forums. It is customary to use lower case, otherwise we thing you're yelling  ;)

Could you tell us what your numbers are? And what meds you will start? It will help us help you :)

Milker.

aztecan:
Howdy Michael,

Welcome, although it is always bittersweet to welcome someone newly infected. I am glad you have found us, but sorry for the reason.

Since you have only been positive a month, how many labs have you had done? Just curious as to what your numbers showed that resulted in your starting ARV therapy so quickly.

Like Jan said, not everyone has side effects and they vary in intensity. What meds is your doc talking about starting you on?

I look forward to hearing more from you.

HUGS,

Mark

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