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Author Topic: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....  (Read 2719 times)

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Offline chguy78

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Hi y'all -

I just found these forums last night and they're a great resource - not only for information but for camaraderie, too.  I recently tested positive and feel like I'm doing OK.  It was my partner who first tested positive so I had a few days and going through it with him before I received the same diagnosis. Maybe it was the fact that I'm in a loving relationship, maybe it was because it wasn't a shock when the doctor told me that I, too, had HIV, or maybe it was due to my irritating optimism - but I didn't flinch at all when I received the news.  I made up my mind that I wouldn't be beaten. 

My numbers were decent (see below): nothing to write home about but nothing to panic over either.  I decided, with the advice of my doctor (an ID doctor at a major research university hospital), that I would start my meds even though my CD4/viral load were higher/lower than what had traditionally been determined to be the "right" time to start.  It was my way of taking "control" of the situation, I think, but also because of the new studies promoting earlier treatment. I've only been taking my meds for a little more than five weeks but have had no recognizable side effects so far.  I'll be getting my first numbers back after starting treatment next week, so I look forward to see what, if any, changes took place.  I'm not expecting miracles but it sure would be nice to see movement in at least the VL. 

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself a little bit and look forward to getting to "know" you all better as I learn from you. 
01/11: CD4=753 (36%), VL=Undetectable
07/10: CD4=531 (33%), VL=Undetectable
04/10: CD4=746 (33%), VL=Undetectable
01/10: CD4=566 (35%), VL=Undetectable
10/09: CD4=436 (31%), VL=405
07/09: CD4=631 (27%), VL=847
06/09: Started: Truvada, Reyataz, Norvir
05/09: CD4=426 (28%), VL=38,300
04/09: Positive; CD4=466 (28%), VL=39,700
10/08: Negative

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 10:25:23 PM »
Hello chguy -- welcome to the boards and I'm happy to hear how well adjusted you are with your recent diagnosis and lack of side effects on your first regimen of meds.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline chguy78

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Re: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 10:36:35 PM »
Thanks - I appreciate that.  I was afraid at first that I was in denial: afraid to confront how truly serious my situation was.  As time has gone by, I've realized that it's just me being me.  I anticipate that there will likely be rough times ahead (mentally and physically) but why worry about that now, right?  I can only do what I can and right now that's taking care of myself and being adherent. 
01/11: CD4=753 (36%), VL=Undetectable
07/10: CD4=531 (33%), VL=Undetectable
04/10: CD4=746 (33%), VL=Undetectable
01/10: CD4=566 (35%), VL=Undetectable
10/09: CD4=436 (31%), VL=405
07/09: CD4=631 (27%), VL=847
06/09: Started: Truvada, Reyataz, Norvir
05/09: CD4=426 (28%), VL=38,300
04/09: Positive; CD4=466 (28%), VL=39,700
10/08: Negative

Offline nyc_ev

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Re: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009, 03:32:04 PM »
Great attitude!  I hope you continue to post and share your perspective.
7/09 diagnosed HIV+
7/09 CD4 368,   VL 62,103,   CD4% 23%
9/09 CD4 459,   VL 260,000, CD4% 25%
10/09 started Atripla
12/09 CD4 557, VL 5,000,   CD4% 26%
2/10   CD4 592,    VL 84,    CD4% 26%
11/10 CD4 607,  VL UD
12/10 switched to Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

Offline chguy78

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Re: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2009, 06:00:25 PM »
nyc_ev: Thanks! I will definitely do that.  I just got my first numbers back after being on meds and they're looking good.  VL is down from 38,000 to 847 and my CD4 is up from 426 to 631.  Not a bad start after four weeks of meds.
01/11: CD4=753 (36%), VL=Undetectable
07/10: CD4=531 (33%), VL=Undetectable
04/10: CD4=746 (33%), VL=Undetectable
01/10: CD4=566 (35%), VL=Undetectable
10/09: CD4=436 (31%), VL=405
07/09: CD4=631 (27%), VL=847
06/09: Started: Truvada, Reyataz, Norvir
05/09: CD4=426 (28%), VL=38,300
04/09: Positive; CD4=466 (28%), VL=39,700
10/08: Negative

Offline nyc_ev

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Re: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2009, 06:23:15 PM »
Your new numbers are impressive, congratulations! 
7/09 diagnosed HIV+
7/09 CD4 368,   VL 62,103,   CD4% 23%
9/09 CD4 459,   VL 260,000, CD4% 25%
10/09 started Atripla
12/09 CD4 557, VL 5,000,   CD4% 26%
2/10   CD4 592,    VL 84,    CD4% 26%
11/10 CD4 607,  VL UD
12/10 switched to Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

Offline chguy78

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Re: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2009, 07:11:33 PM »
Thanks!  I was surprised especially about the CD4 count.  My next draw will be in three months, so we'll see.
01/11: CD4=753 (36%), VL=Undetectable
07/10: CD4=531 (33%), VL=Undetectable
04/10: CD4=746 (33%), VL=Undetectable
01/10: CD4=566 (35%), VL=Undetectable
10/09: CD4=436 (31%), VL=405
07/09: CD4=631 (27%), VL=847
06/09: Started: Truvada, Reyataz, Norvir
05/09: CD4=426 (28%), VL=38,300
04/09: Positive; CD4=466 (28%), VL=39,700
10/08: Negative

Offline elf

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Re: Tested poz a little more than 3 months ago and doing well....
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2009, 11:34:59 PM »
You will be undetectable in 4 week's time, but you will find it out only in 3 months.
Congrat's on your nice numbers.  :)

 


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