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Offline virgo313

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Re: Simply terrifying. Blood test = HIV +
« Reply #50 on: July 20, 2016, 11:46:12 AM »
Hi Leatherman,

Thanks. Fully understand.
Can't call. I am from Malaysia. Visit a government hospital & Don't have personal Dr. No issue. I will keep taking normal dose till appointment in Oct.
Just so so so eager to be off Bactrim.  :)

Thank you again for always ever willing to offer valuable advise to me and others.
Thanks


RVD Nov 2015. CD4 - 4 (3/11/15).
VL --> Log 5.32 HAART on 23/11/15
TDF+FTC+EFV / chemo KS - 25/11/15. -  20/01/16.
CD4 - 65 (7/03/16) / VL - UD

Offline CaveyUK

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Re: Simply terrifying. Blood test = HIV +
« Reply #51 on: July 20, 2016, 03:00:38 PM »
**UPDATE**

So I got the prescription for bactrim. what to expect from this new drug?

Also... I am managing the atripla quite well! no major side effects nor crazy dreams  so far well over a week and a half now. It actually makes me sleep sound. In the morning I'm getting having better energy levels than before. Feeling fortunate to find this out when I did  :-[
optimistic I will have the virus under control so my cd4 can live again

Excellent news Rizzy. Glad you managed to get the co-trimoxazole.

As for what to expect, well as with any new drug that is very person dependent. The vast majority of people won't even realise they are taking it. Some will get the odd one or two very minor side effects but nothing that will be unmanageable and these pretty much always pass with time. It's sometimes hard to know whether side effects come from the bactrim or the HIV meds and much of the time it doesn't matter anyhow. I had some itchiness in the early days, and the odd spot of dry skin on my arms. Thats about it.

The big thing to watch for with co-trimoxazole is a severe drug reaction. This is something just about any drug can cause, but is slightly more common with this one so keep your eye out. If you were to experience - within the first few week or so of taking it - a rash, especially a severe blistering one, sudden onset mouth or throat ulcers, red puffy eyes, difficulty breathing etc. Then get straight to the nearest emergency room to be on the safe side. I stress though this is RARE but it is something to be aware of.

Mostly though, the drug - even though you will be taking effectively a 'half' dose - is well tolerated and has multiple benefits. The obvious one is PCP, but it also gives protection to things like Toxoplasmosis too, as well as general anti-biotic protections against a variety of bacterial infections.

You will likely stay on it for some time, but really - this is not a big deal and the benefits are huge

Relieved that you have this sorted out now though. Thats the main thing :)
Diagnosed 29th Dec, after Home test 27th Dec 2015
29th Dec 2015 - CD4 160, VL 70,363, CD4% 16
Started Septrin 31st Dec & Tivicay/Truvada 12th Jan 2016
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8th March 2016 - VL 61 (no CD4 taken)
5th April 2016 - CD4 354, VL  - UD (<40), CD4% 22
5th July 2016 - VL - UD (<40) (no CD4 taken)

Offline hiv_rizzy

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Re: Simply terrifying. Blood test = HIV +
« Reply #52 on: July 20, 2016, 11:15:06 PM »
Glad to hear your stating to feel better and that you now have the bactrim.

In what way ? Sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim can be/is used to treat, and in this case prevent a number of infections.

Jim

Glad to hear your stating to feel better and that you now have the bactrim.

In what way ? Sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim can be/is used to treat, and in this case prevent a number of infections.

Jim
Hi Rizzy,
Happy to know that you manage to add Bactrim to your meds & feeling stronger.
Same like you, i felt better as soon as i am on meds.

I am on same meds (Generic Atripla + Bactrim). Doing well.


Excellent news Rizzy. Glad you managed to get the co-trimoxazole.

benefits are huge

Relieved that you have this sorted out now though. Thats the main thing :)

Thanks to all of you!! Very determine to get back on track with my life. There is no other way than up. I got so much more to offer in this world
Discovery! April 26, 2016
- Positive test confirmed by blood test
-Viral load and CD4 unknown
-May 31st update - big delay at gov hosp lab
#July 9th late Results: CD4 16/ VL 13, 027

Online Newtolife

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Re: Simply terrifying. Blood test = HIV +
« Reply #53 on: Today at 07:41:58 AM »
Hey there, i am newly diagnosed with hiv, cd4 336 and Vl 63k , the doctor put me on atripla and asked me to come back in 3 months for followup! All other tests includng stds and tb became negative even hepatitis came negtive. I am on the right track?

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Re: Simply terrifying. Blood test = HIV +
« Reply #54 on: Today at 07:49:31 AM »
Hi

Welcome to the forum.

Glad to hear you are on treatment and doing well. Are you on the right track, in short yes. You have started treatment and you have your follow-up planned. Keep taking the meds and be adherent to them.

It would perhaps be better to start you own thread instead of piggybacking on this thread.

Take it easy.

Jim
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Re: Simply terrifying. Blood test = HIV +
« Reply #55 on: Today at 07:55:32 AM »
Thanks for replying Jim
Well i am new to this site . How i can start my own thread ? Please advise

 


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