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Author Topic: 2-year poz anniversary  (Read 1602 times)

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Offline madbrain

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2-year poz anniversary
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:50:05 PM »
Today marks 2 years since I got the news.
This last year has been a lot better than the first one living with the virus.
I got over my serious depression and resumed full time work.
I received my highest ever absolute CD4 count two weeks ago, as well as my second-lowest VL at the same time. Needless to say, I'm not on HIV medication yet, and it doesn't look like they will be in my near future.

Thanks to one of the members of this board who pointed me to it, I'm in the process of enrolling in the "HIV elite controller" study . http://www.massgeneral.org/aids/hiv_elite_controllers.asp .
I'm borderline with some of my previous labs - I had a few with over 2000 VL which is the study's qualification threshold, but according to one of the researchers I talked to, I should still be able to enter since they were all under 3000 and the majority below 2000.

So, I'm definitely optimistic about the future and my health. I hope I will have many more anniversaries and will not even need to mark this date going forward, but I'm not quite there yet. I hope this post helps others see that things can really get better over time.

Offline weasel

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008, 11:18:18 PM »
hey glad you are doing so well !

   You sound like you got a handle on the situation quickly .

    GOOD FOR YOU !

    I WISH YOU MANY MANY  MORE ANNIVERSARIES !

    In so many ways this is the BEST  time to be alive on PLANET EARTH !


                                              What a joyful post ,

                                                  thanks for sharing .

                                                                             Karl
" Live and let Live "

Offline Longislander

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2008, 01:09:50 AM »
Hey Mad,

Sounds like you're doing very well!! Good luck getting into the study-hope they take you on~

Paul
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 J.R.E.

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008, 05:13:38 AM »
Hello Mad,...

Congratulations, on the two year anniversary. I sincerely hope that you are able to continue without meds for a good long time. I went 17 years without meds. I know I should have started meds, around 2002, but I was in my denial stage again at that point.

All I can tell you is enjoy these years that meds do not have to be a part of your life. I had good health for many of those years, after I was infected in 1985. After starting on meds in October of 2003,( been 5 years now) ,  it's kind of hard to remember those past years of not being on meds. It's kind of a blurr now. Don't get me wrong, the meds saved my life. If I hadn't started when I did in 2003, I wouldn't be here today, typing this to you.
 

Good luck with the study ! And there is certainly nothing wrong with being optimistic, I live that way everyday !! I am sure you will have plenty more anniversaries !


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008, 11:03:52 AM »
Good to here things are going well. It is interesting how different people's bodies react to the virus. My viral load was very high and I had an AIDS diagnosis within a year of infection. Your body's immune system is obviously much better at fighting the little bugger. Continued good health and success!

Offline NewYorkKat

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2008, 12:54:00 PM »
With numbers like that, that is something worth cause to celebrate!

Offline madbrain

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008, 06:25:55 PM »
Hi,

Good to here things are going well. It is interesting how different people's bodies react to the virus. My viral load was very high and I had an AIDS diagnosis within a year of infection. Your body's immune system is obviously much better at fighting the little bugger. Continued good health and success!

Yes, the differences in rates of HIV progression between individuals is a really interesting question, and I want to be able to contribute to finding out the reasons. The HIV Elite Controller study includes a lot of genetic testing. Perhaps this will help devise new medications or even a cure. That is my hope.

My bf, who contracted the virus from me, is one who progressed quickly like you. He went from negative to positive and with an AIDS diagnosis in a period of 6 months. He has been on meds for a year and a half. He has got the same virus and mutations as I do, and we both got infected in the same timeframe. Our HIV doctor says that the big difference in our two HIV responses is genetic.

In the past year, I have met several other newly positive people who all had similar things happen - HIV negative test in the previous year, and then AIDS diagnosis or very close when they tested positive due to their low CD4 counts.

I am rather pleasantly surprised at how well my own immune system has controlled the HIV so far, because I used to get sick all the time. I would literally catch every bug. My bf was the opposite, he used to never get sick, and he went straight to AIDS. I don't see any logic to it. But I hope the researchers find the reasons.


tendai

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008, 06:06:16 AM »
Congrats on your great numbers!
i know someone who didnt even take 6 months till they died. i heard he was in denial and wouldnt get treatment. his wife on the other hand is hale and hearty though also poz.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2008, 08:27:29 AM »
Mad, it's really good and encouraging to hear how you're moving right along with your life.

Your question about the difference in reactions between you and your bf is a good one for researchers. Waiting on that one.

Meanwhile starting the day and the week with your comments is definitely a bright spot. Very glad to know you are doing well.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

Offline jamesdarlington

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2008, 02:18:54 PM »
Today marks 2 years since I got the news.
This last year has been a lot better than the first one living with the virus.
I got over my serious depression and resumed full time work.
I received my highest ever absolute CD4 count two weeks ago, as well as my second-lowest VL at the same time. Needless to say, I'm not on HIV medication yet, and it doesn't look like they will be in my near future.

This is news worthy of a celebration! Cheers mate, I'll drink a beer to that!

Offline Funkengruven

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2008, 02:39:26 PM »
Congrats on the 2 year anniversary.  I just participated in the elite controller study you mentioned, and it only involves a very simple blood draw.  I hope you are able to enroll, and I hope your numbers continue to stay where they are.

Offline Texan38

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008, 03:25:30 PM »
Wonderful to hear you're doing soo well!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!  :-*
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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2008, 04:16:56 PM »
Thanks to everybody for the kind words !

Offline StrongGuy

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Re: 2-year poz anniversary
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2008, 02:27:05 AM »
Congrats on the great progress you have made!

:)
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