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Offline steven6908

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Blood test
« on: October 27, 2008, 04:01:10 PM »


Just wondering if anyone can give me advice, i dont come on here that much so I have not built up a rappore with anyone on here, but I went for my 4th test for CD4 and VL count, although I have not the results, my doctor wants to put me on meds.

I have had only 3 set of figure and lived 10mths with HIV and i scares me that they want to start me on meds, yet i read that people have gone 5-6 years possible longer wihtout having to take meds yet.

Could it be that I am in a very stressful job and this is causing me problems, i eat health dont drink much do my best to excersie ..... guys am scared?????

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Blood test
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2008, 04:40:06 PM »


     You have not shared what your numbers are like.  If the last three series of tests showed a trend of declining numbers and rising Vl it could very well be the reason he is advising meds at this time.   Many of us have experienced the fear over  starting meds, some here had no choice in the matter---  it was that dire of a situation.

      Get that last result back and have a discussion with your doctor about your fears concerning the meds... 
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Offline steven6908

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Re: Blood test
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2008, 05:03:57 PM »
this is my last figures

1st CD4 404, VL 91,436, 25.3%
2nd CD4 536, VL 30,471, 27.5%
3rd CD4 388, VL 35719, 29%

and wait for 4th they were taken today

Offline newt

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Re: Blood test
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2008, 05:09:59 PM »
It's an either way call. 350 is the benchmark CD4 count for starting. There is merit in waiting for 2-3 more tests if you like. And there is merit in starting now. But I wouldn;t be in a rush, it's important to take time to be as ready as you can, and who knows, perhaps your nos will stay this way for a while, years even.

I very much agree with what skeebs said abotu discussing your fears with your doc.

All I can say on starting meds is I felt miles better. On reflection I would prob start sooner that later, if I could do it all over again (there's a rum thought, 2 HIV trips...   :D).

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"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline Longislander

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Re: Blood test
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2008, 05:30:38 PM »
Hi Steven,

It looks like your body is getting used to dealing with the HIV, but I'm not an expert.  The only thing I wanted to jump in here and say is that when my CD4's were lower, or VL went higher, I retested in 2 months instead of 3 months just to be safe.

It seems like you're going past 3 months with the last #'s from 7-1-08 until today, 10-27-08??

You can see my lab results below my signatur line, and see when and why I decided it was time to start the meds.  Good luck with your new #'s.

infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Blood test
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2008, 06:27:35 PM »
Stephen, you should think if starting meds would give you peace of mind. Before starting meds I was all day "crying" in this forums about that. Finally I decided to start meds with a CD4 count of 503 (10 months after diagnosis). I had to deal with few side effects at the beginning. Side effects that have disappeared.
On my third month on meds I was undetectable. Since that day I started to feel as I felt before I knew I was HIV+.
Meds have given to me an incredible quality of life and complete peace of mind.
The only member in these forums approved by WINBA: World International Nail and Beauty Association.
Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933


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