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Author Topic: Testing 3 or 6 months  (Read 1728 times)

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Offline tommy246

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Testing 3 or 6 months
« on: November 20, 2009, 12:55:36 PM »
Just wandering are there many people with successfull haart treatment that now only test every 6 months instead of every 3 months , assuming that there are no financial reasons involved.
jan 06 neg
dec 08 pos cd4 505 ,16%, 1,500vl
april 09 cd4 635 ,16%,60,000
july 09 ,cd4 545,17%,80,000
aug 09,hosptal 18days pneumonia cd190,225,000,15%
1 week later cd4 415 20%
nov 09 cd4 591 ,vl 59,000,14%,started atripla
dec 09  cd4 787, vl 266, 16%
march 2010  cd4 720 vl non detectable -20  20%
june 2010  cd4  680, 21%, ND

Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 04:06:11 PM »

Offline minismom

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2009, 07:50:58 AM »
Mim was every 6mths.  Since changing doctors, she's been every 2mths.  Makes me crazy, actually.  Our next appointment with him is in January (3mths from October), but he wants her blood work done in December (only 2mths).  Previously, we did her blood work and saw him at the 2mth mark.  In January, I'm hoping he'll let us start doing every 3 or 4mths between labs.  I'm not holding my breath, though.

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2009, 07:57:50 AM »
Tommy,

Nothing has changed for me. I still go once every 3 months, and have since late 2003. It's never even been suggested by my current doctor, to change the 3 month schedule at this point.

Ray
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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 DEC 9th, 2013,  t-cells are at 437 Viral load  <40 .

 Current % is at 16% (L)

  
 62 years young.

Offline Dachshund

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2009, 08:00:39 AM »
I test every six months and I'm very comfortable with it. In fact, I suggested we go to every six months with my doctor and he agreed. I'd be comfortable with once a year.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2009, 08:08:57 AM »
I test every six months and I'm very comfortable with it. In fact, I suggested we go to every six months with my doctor and he agreed. I'd be comfortable with once a year.

Wait until you have a viral breakthrough one month after your last lab draws and get back to me :) [LTS-lite]
« Last Edit: November 21, 2009, 08:21:12 AM by Miss Philicia »
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Offline Dachshund

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2009, 08:40:31 AM »
Wait until you have a viral breakthrough one month after your last lab draws and get back to me :) [LTS-lite]

Don't worry bitch, you'll be the first to know. :P However, let me offer this caveat before all the Chicken Little's start freaking out. My decision to test every six months was done after consultation with the ID doc I've seen for twelve years. Personally, I'd be comfortable testing every year, but that's just me. Hopefully, anyone making this type of decision would do so only after discussing it with their doctor. (Mega-LTS)   

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2009, 08:59:40 AM »
Don't worry bitch, you'll be the first to know. :P However, let me offer this caveat before all the Chicken Little's start freaking out. My decision to test every six months was done after consultation with the ID doc I've seen for twelve years. Personally, I'd be comfortable testing every year, but that's just me. Hopefully, anyone making this type of decision would do so only after discussing it with their doctor. (Mega-LTS)   

Actually when I go see my HIV specialist after Thanksgiving it will have been five months, but that's only because he was a slacker and cancelled my normal 4 month visit due to going to a conference.  Just 4 years ago I was still going once a month, even more when when I was getting injections in my ass for testosterone.  Yep, once a month dammit for an entire 13 years.

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Offline leatherman

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2009, 10:09:41 AM »
Yep, once a month dammit for an entire 13 years.
for nearly a decade, ten long years, I had blood work every 6 weeks.
It's been awfully nice finally getting to UD after all these years.
Now for the last two years I've been having it done every 3 months, and I find myself missing my doctor and all those techs at the hospital where my blood was drawn. It was kinda nice having to explain my seeming absence to them when I did go in after those long stretches those first couple times. Of course, they thought perhaps I had finally died from all this; so it was nice explaining that the long periods between were actually because I was doing better.
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Offline ruralguy

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2009, 04:35:50 PM »
I'm told every 3-4 months.
tested positive June 19, 2009
7/3/09 vrl 9000 cd4 - 300
8/14/09 cd4 - 350, 20%
started Atripla 9/14/09
10/5/09 vrl undetectable, WOW so fast!
12/28/09 vrl undetectable, CD4 - 615  27% cholesterol down, kidney function normal
4/26/10 vrl undetectable, CD4-600, kidney and liver numbers normal
9/9/10 vrl undetectable, CD4-685
1/3/11 vrl undetectable, CD4-700
all 2011 and Jan 2012 visits vrl undetectable CD4 ranged from 715-645
5/7/2012  vrl undetectable, CD4-615, all liver, kidney, lipids, heart functions, etc normal


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Offline tommy246

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2009, 05:14:28 PM »
Actually when I go see my HIV specialist after Thanksgiving it will have been five months, but that's only because he was a slacker and cancelled my normal 4 month visit due to going to a conference.  Just 4 years ago I was still going once a month, even more when when I was getting injections in my ass for testosterone.  Yep, once a month dammit for an entire 13 years.

Suffer the children, I say.
is that really you bitch i mean that photo
jan 06 neg
dec 08 pos cd4 505 ,16%, 1,500vl
april 09 cd4 635 ,16%,60,000
july 09 ,cd4 545,17%,80,000
aug 09,hosptal 18days pneumonia cd190,225,000,15%
1 week later cd4 415 20%
nov 09 cd4 591 ,vl 59,000,14%,started atripla
dec 09  cd4 787, vl 266, 16%
march 2010  cd4 720 vl non detectable -20  20%
june 2010  cd4  680, 21%, ND

Offline BlueMoon

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2009, 06:50:38 PM »
I'm told every 3-4 months.

My doctor said three or four months after my last visit, so I'm going four.  My numbers on HAART have been pretty steady - if a little disappointing - so I feel safe trying it.
...................VL.....CD4.....%
-----------------------------------------
08/10-- ......<40.....290.....42
05/10-- ......<48.....290.....46
02/10-- ......<48.....481.....44
10/09-- ......<48.....277.....46
07/09-- ......<48.....300.....38
05/09-- ........51.....449.....39
03/09-- Added Isentress
02/09-- ........65.....299.....34
11/08-- ........62.....242.....40
08/08-- ........66.....212.....29
05/08-- ......202.....217.....27
03/08-- ....5210.....187.....21
02/08-- Began Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
12/07-- 273,000.....157.....22
11/07-- 229,000.....209.....22
10/07-- Diagnosis

It's a complex world.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2009, 02:35:57 AM »
I have had my CD4s and viral loads done about every six months.

I have had to have my lipids checked more often.

Comes with the territory.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline joemutt

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Re: Testing 3 or 6 months
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009, 05:33:47 AM »
every 6 months here (12 years on meds, undetectablevl,  cd 4 1200 @ 48 %)

 


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