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Author Topic: New numbers...good and bad news  (Read 1719 times)

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Offline PeteNYNJ

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New numbers...good and bad news
« on: May 16, 2008, 01:42:54 PM »
CD4 600
VL 10K
% 33

No meds...yippee

Bad News - turns out I have a particularly nasty strain of HPV that will have to be monitored.   Yeah, another virus!!!

Offline minismom

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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2008, 01:57:19 PM »
Your numbers are wonderful, Pete!  Sorry about the new virus, though.

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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2008, 05:13:54 PM »
Hi Pete
Good to see you back. Good news on your numbers....hope all is well.  Hows the b/f?

Joel
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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2008, 04:59:21 PM »
Boyfriend is wonderful - thanks for asking :)

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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2008, 05:03:22 PM »
those are great numbers! congrats!!!

what were you last set of labs?  how have you been?
midapr07 - seroconversion
sept07 - tested poz
oct07 cd4 1013; vl 13,900; cd4% 41
feb08 cd4  694;  vl 16,160; cd4% 50.1
may08 cd4 546; vl 91,480; cd4% 32
aug08 cd4 576; vl 48,190; cd4% 40.7
dec08 cd4 559; vl 63,020; cd4% 29.4
feb09 cd4 464; vl 11,000; cd4% 26
may09 cd4 544; vl 29,710; cd4% 27.2
oct09 cd4 ...; vl 23,350; cd4% 31.6
mar10 cd4 408; vl 59,050; cd4% 31.4
aug10 cd4 328; vl 80,000; cd4% 19.3 STARTED ATRIPLA
oct10 cd4 423; vl 410 ;); cd4% 30.2
jun11 cd4 439; vl <20 ;); cd4% 33.8 <-Undetectable!
mar12 cd4 695; vl ud; cd4% 38.6
jan13 cd4 738; vl ud; cd4% 36.8
aug13 cd4 930; vl ud; cd4% 44.3
jan14 cd4 813; vl ud; cd4% 42.8
may14 cd4 783; vl *; cd4%43.5

Offline PeteNYNJ

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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2008, 10:21:06 AM »
last labs were
cd4 610
% 35
VL 7000

This is basically where I have been hovering for around 3.5 years.

Question - what triggers your numbers to decline?  Since I have been on a pretty steady course for the last few years, what happens in the body to start your immune system to fail?

I guess I have been lucky but I can't help feeling "when will I start to deteriorate"?

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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2008, 10:39:03 AM »
I'm not aware of any particular triggers as to when your test numbers will decline.  It is simply a matter of your body's ability to fight the virus, and that varies from person to person.  For some, it is just a year or two, for others it is many years, and for a very few it never happens at all.  The important thing is to keep getting tested regularly so you know where you stand.

So I don't think there's any way to predict when your will start to "deteriorate".  But I think there are probably some symptoms that indicate your situation is deteriorating, before you get to the point of having opportunistic infections.  In my case, I was increasingly fatigued.  And I was much more often coming down with a cold, sinus infection, bronchitis, etc.  I'm sure others will have stories to tell too. 

Once of the nice "side-effects" of starting meds for me was that my incidence of these minor health problems has gone WAY down (e.g. I haven't had a sinus infection in 3 years, knock on wood).  I assume that is due to the meds allowing my immune system to rebuild it self.  I really haven't made any other lifestyle changes.  Of course, it could be psychosomatic.  Either way, though, I'll take it.

Regards,

Henry
 
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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2008, 11:19:20 AM »
Pete, if you need a good colorectal specialist in NYC look up Dr. Stephen Goldstone on 23rd b/tw 8th and 9th Ave.  He's gay, treats a lot of HIV patients, and provides a high comfort level in his office at all times.  He's also tops in this subject matter.
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Offline PeteNYNJ

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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008, 01:21:15 PM »
Thanks Philly, I will add him to my arsenal of doctors numbers

So far there are no cell abnormalities, so I am in the clear so far.  Just another thing to keep on top of.

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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2008, 02:00:44 PM »

So far there are no cell abnormalities, so I am in the clear so far. 

Ah, then it's not really a "nasty strain" as you originally described it.  That would be MY strain :)
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Re: New numbers...good and bad news
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2008, 03:45:56 PM »
Nice numbers, Pete!  I just had my blood drawn yesterday, and would faint if I had 33% CD4s.

 


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