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Offline Matty the Damned

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HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« on: December 04, 2007, 05:35:00 PM »
So last week I had my routine blood work done. Frau Eva is off since she recently dropped a womb-booger and I was left to the tender mercies of Tong the Terrible.

Honestly that man has all the charm of a cornered death adder. But I digress.

As always and for perspective my past result:

September 2007
VL: <40 therefore undetectable. (Log: I forget)
CD4 Abs: 204
CD4 %: 12

Cool. Clearly the combo of boosted Reyetaz and Kivexa was doing something. But around the start of November, Matty the Damned stopped his medications. You know, just coz. Turns out that probably wasn't the brightest idea he'd had all year.

November 2007
VL: 60,500 (Log: 4.85)
CD4 Abs: 175
CD4 %: 7

Under increasing pressure from Doxie and the Smaller One (god what a pair of bitches) I 'fessed up to Tong that I'd taken a month off. Naturally he flipped and made me restart the combo. He also ordered viral resistance testing. I get the results of that sometime next month.

So there you have it. Totally unscientific, anecdotal evidence. HAART works!

MtD

Offline vokz

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007, 06:08:56 PM »
Same conclusions arrived at here today, as I celebrate (?) my first full year on FAART.

Undetectable in 10 days .. and added 397 CD4s / 22% to my starting numbers over the course of the twelve months.

Shame about feeling like I’m fermenting fibre for Britain in my battle to stay on top of my cholesterol levels.

Decided to treat myself and booked my QuaintAss tickets for Mardi Gras.

Offline anniebc

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007, 06:30:58 PM »
Mabye now you will stick to the bloody meds and keep taking them...and I  agree taking a month off was not the brightest idea you have ever had...I may only come up to your waist but I can still kick ass..so don't make me come over there.

love and hgus
Jan :-*
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Offline aztecan

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007, 06:35:34 PM »
Matty, dumplin, I love you more than my luggage, but if you don't keep taking those damn pills I will have to come over there and spank some sense into you.

You don't want to see me after a 30-hour flight, and God/dess knows how long to reach you in the boondocks. I would be a cranky, tired old queen.

So, take your pills. :-*

HUGS,

Mark
« Last Edit: December 04, 2007, 06:38:09 PM by aztecan »
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Offline BT65

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2007, 06:51:10 PM »
My Dear Damned One:

No, not the greatest idea you've ever had.  Please, stay on them this time!  I'm probably as tall as you are and I used to be a street girl, so I definitely know how to fight! ;)  Take care of yourself, luv.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline Robert

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007, 06:58:42 PM »
no shit shylock :-\
..........

Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007, 06:58:57 PM »
Mabye now you will stick to the bloody meds and keep taking them...and I  agree taking a month off was not the brightest idea you have ever had...I may only come up to your waist but I can still kick ass..so don't make me come over there.

Hell Yeah, What Jan said!!!!! You don't want us both over there tag teaming and kicking your ass.... ;D Good reason to stay on and be your night nurse too.... ;)
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
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Offline fearless

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007, 07:54:29 PM »
I will not kick your arse, Matty. I know you'd enjoy that too much.
But, don't make me have to travel out there (you know how much I detest going west of the cbd) every day to shove those pills down your throat myself.

Good luck
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Offline Jody

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007, 08:36:59 PM »
Matty is just a BAD assed old queen who lives on the edge...I envy that part of him too!!!

Go back to the meds, we'd miss your cranky ways if you disappeared into thin air.

Jody  ::)
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Offline Ric Wilke

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007, 12:20:42 AM »
Okay Matty,

Now you got Jan and you got Mark and you got Ric added to the list.  You are gonna have one sore butt, Mister.

Don't you do that again, ever.  And for you newbies, take a look at what can happen in a short period of time if you don't take your meds.  Matty has taught us all a very important lesson here.  Don't be your own doctor.  Med vacations are not for everyone.

Matty, thanks for sharing this with us.  You are a big man for admitting that you f--ked up.  But, don't you ever do this to us again.  Yes, HAART really does work.

Love and hugs, Ric

PS - Mark and I will travel together and we will smell GOOD.

edit to add the PS
« Last Edit: December 05, 2007, 12:58:16 AM by Ric Wilke »

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2007, 12:29:50 AM »
Ugh. I've heard of taking "vacations" before, but dayum....you hadn't been employeed for a month!

SIDE NOTE: GO little One GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Offline jabez

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2007, 12:37:50 AM »
I'm glad Doxie (and that other bitch) forced a confession out of you.  Just think ... you could be sitting there right now with a CD4 % of 14 or 15, but now it's -- what -- 7 ?? -- and you get to start all over.  Don't take another vacation, dude.   
Sept 2007 -- CD4 = 68; VL = 469,000
Started Atripla Sept 21, 2007
Nov 2007-CD4=217;VL=332
Feb 2008-CD4=237;VL=<50
Apr 2008-CD4=271;VL=66
Aug 2008-CD4=440;VL=52
Jan 2009-CD4=403;VL=61
May 2009-CD4=480;VL=129
Sep 2009-CD4=376;VL<40
Jan 2010-CD4=476;VL<40
Jul 2010-CD4=539;VL<40
Jan 2011-CD4=461;VL=53
Jul 2011-CD4=515;VL<20
Jan 2012-CD4=506;VL=54
Aug 2012-CD4=440;VL=21
Jan 2013-CD4=447;VL=<20
Jul 2013-CD4=406; VL=<20
Feb 2014-CD4=450; VL=<20
Aug 2014-CD4=535; VL=<20

Offline bryonut

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2007, 01:05:47 AM »
I'm tellin yer mom!


 ;D
bry


Offline Dachshund

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2007, 06:46:06 AM »
(god what a pair of bitches)

Try that again and you will think bitch. God, you are going to be the death of me.

Offline Nadine

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2007, 07:06:50 AM »
I can't quote everyone in this thread...but listen to us Matty...NO MORE VACATIONS!

I don't want to have to think about naming your remaining CD4's like we did before  :'(

Love you!!   :-*

Offline David_CA

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2007, 08:11:10 AM »
I guess I'm just wondering ... why?  I thought I remembering you posting that the side effects of your current (past?) regimen being ok, or am I just imagining that?  Anyway, I'm far too afraid of getting sick to stop taking mine.  I've taken various pills all my life for allergies and ADD, so having to take meds doesn't bother me.  Time to stick to your meds... you were far too crabby last time your numbers got really bad and you weren't well!  Said another way, a healthy (healthier) Matty is a much more pleasant Matty!

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline jack

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2007, 08:18:32 AM »
Get ya some prezista. Remember not adhering can cause resistance and then you end up being a guinea pig in trials taking all kinds of shit.

Offline gemini20

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2007, 09:00:55 AM »
Of course we know the pills bloody work - doesn't mean we have to like or want to take the fucking tablets.

I can totally understand why you decided to take a break - and I don't have a problem with you doing it either - I think we have to all choose our own way with our treatment.

It sucks that your numbers dropped back so quickly but I bet it felt great not to be taking the pills every day.

I've only been back on meds for 8 weeks and have already failed to be 100% compliant and am already thinking about stopping again in the new year - maybe meds aren't for everyone.

I can echo what Jack said about prezista - no side effects for me at all - though the e-numbers that make them that 'lovely' shade of orange I could do without.

Best wishes,

Emma

Diagnosed 11th September 1991
Current CD4 count 484 (26%); viral load undetectable (December 2011).
Restarting boosted Prezista 08/04/11

Offline AlanBama

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2007, 11:28:38 AM »
I think that if you ask most LTS'ers, they will tell you that compliance with your med dosing is one of the keys.  I know this is not 100% true, but I do think most of us have pretty strong feelings about it.

There certainly are exceptions.  My friend Joe in Atlanta, who has had HIV since at least '95, will take a month or two "holiday" now and then....I get onto him about it, and I will get onto y'all about it also.   So far he has been LUCKY, that when he restarts his meds, the numbers improve.   But that is a game of Russian Roulette that I won't play, don't want him to play, and I'd rather y'all not play it either.   We need you around here.....

Hugs,

Alan 
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Offline StrongGuy

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2007, 01:26:05 PM »
Congrats on the results and glad to see your combo is working for you!
"Get your medical advice from Doctors or medical professionals who you trust and know your history."

"Beware of the fortune teller doom and gloomers who seek to bring you down and are only looking for company, purpose and validation - not your best physical/mental interests."

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Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2007, 03:29:01 PM »
David NC I think has a valid point ...WHY???

WHY?

Why?
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Re: HAART Really Does Work!! Matty the Damned's Latest Results
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2007, 09:11:34 PM »
So last week I had my routine blood work done. Frau Eva is off since she recently dropped a womb-booger and I was left to the tender mercies of Tong the Terrible.

Honestly that man has all the charm of a cornered death adder. But I digress.

As always and for perspective my past result:

September 2007
VL: <40 therefore undetectable. (Log: I forget)
CD4 Abs: 204
CD4 %: 12

Cool. Clearly the combo of boosted Reyetaz and Kivexa was doing something. But around the start of November, Matty the Damned stopped his medications. You know, just coz. Turns out that probably wasn't the brightest idea he'd had all year.

November 2007
VL: 60,500 (Log: 4.85)
CD4 Abs: 175
CD4 %: 7

Under increasing pressure from Doxie and the Smaller One (god what a pair of bitches) I 'fessed up to Tong that I'd taken a month off. Naturally he flipped and made me restart the combo. He also ordered viral resistance testing. I get the results of that sometime next month.

So there you have it. Totally unscientific, anecdotal evidence. HAART works!

MtD

Matty, just one question.  Why??  If I did that I would have been doing it for all the wrong reasons and not for scientific reasons.  Be careful Baby and take care. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqWF01Ucp9c&feature=related
« Last Edit: December 08, 2007, 09:16:28 PM by red_Dragon888 »
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