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Offline ltnXc

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just tested + in april....
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:24:22 PM »
hello,

i really dont know how to start this since.... im not one to open up or share whats going on with me to people but i guess in a way i need some support. I just found out i was positive in april, i got my tests back about 2 weeks ago and my cd4 count is at 47 and my viral load is at 76,000.....

I was pretty devestaved when the doctor came back with those numbers...I pretty much have AIDS... i havet told anyone yet just 2 really close friends.... Im a pretty healthy guy i work out 6 days a week... i live a healthy lifestyle...i have read on some of these post that some people find out while they are in the hospital.... i guess in a way im glad i found out now then with Phenmonia...i dont know how long i have been positive im thinking acouple of years, and i promised myself that i wasnt going to play that guessing game with myself because it will just drive me crazy. He put me on bactrim, and did a genotype test now im on my 6th day on ATRIPLA and i havent been feeling like myself at all.  I have lots of questions.... but dont know who to ask...

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010, 05:15:04 PM »
Well you've come to the right place for the answering of questions. :)

Welcome to the Forums. As is customary I will say that I'm sorry you're here but I'm glad you found us all the same.

If you haven't already I'd recommend you take a look at the AIDSmeds Lessons Section which is a treasure trove of useful stuff for positive people and is written in plain language.

Things can seem terribly grim when you get your diagnosis, particularly if your CD4 count is quite lite as in your case. Rest assured that everything is going to work out.

Regards,

MtD

Offline ltnXc

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 05:20:13 PM »
Thank you,

as far as my cd4 count.... if anyone has been in my type of situation... how long did take for your count to go up to normal...?
As i am pretty active and its kind of affecting me that i dont want to be around people because i am scared of getting sick.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010, 05:28:35 PM »
I had a CD4 count of 15 (5%) at one point. Once I restarted treatment it bounced up in a speedy fashion.

That's was about 4 years ago and I've still yet to get about 300, but it's enough to be going on with.

You don't really need to avoid contact with people. It's a common myth that we pozzies are susceptible to every disease out there. We're not like "the boy in the bubble" or anything like that.

The damage done to our immune systems leaves us vulnerable to a number of specific infections and cancers which don't usually affect people with normal immune function.

That said a CD4 count of 47 is pretty low. Your doctor is right to put you on Bactrim. You will need to keep taking that until you've been above 250 CD4 cells for about 3 months. If you're very concerned you can ask about Fluconazole to protect against certain fungal diseases and maybe some azithromycin too, though the latter is probably overkill considering you're on Atripla.

MtD

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 06:10:57 PM »
Welcome to the forums . Your in good hands here for information to help you find your way .

I have been poz for 25+ years and these folks teach me a thing or two now and then . 

Offline ltnXc

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 06:51:41 PM »
do the side affects of atripla dimish after a while? i just want to get back to my life.... and feel like myself again...

i havent gone through a breakdown or anything like that... my friend says that that isnt normal... i accept the fact that i am +.

But they say i need to mourn... i dont see why, he says that i am in denial .

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2010, 06:54:18 PM »
do the side affects of atripla dimish after a while? i just want to get back to my life.... and feel like myself again...

i havent gone through a breakdown or anything like that... my friend says that that isnt normal... i accept the fact that i am +.

But they say i need to mourn... i dont see why, he says that i am in denial .

Ok,

Atripla side effects (the weird headspace issues and the like) do settle down in a couple of weeks to a month. Once you've gotten through those it's a great med. If they haven't resolved in a month or so and you're finding them intolerable - talk to your doctor. There are heaps of other combos available.

Your friend says you need to mourn? For what? You're not dead. Is your friend HIV positive?

MtD

Offline ltnXc

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2010, 06:56:25 PM »
yes he is positive not so much of support tho.

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2010, 07:01:33 PM »

i havent gone through a breakdown or anything like that... my friend says that that isnt normal... i accept the fact that i am +.

But they say i need to mourn... i dont see why, he says that i am in denial .

Tell him to shut up and stop with the psychological projection.  Just because he would have a mental breakdown if diagnosed is no reason to assert that you should have one.  What utter nonsense.
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2010, 07:02:31 PM »
yes he is positive not so much of support tho.

Look I can see how some people will want "mourn" for their now lost negative lives, but that wouldn't apply to everyone.

You will come to terms with your diagnosis in your own way. In fact it's important that you find your own path in this. We each experience HIV differently and we have to make sense of that experience for ourselves.

And believe me, you will adjust to being positive. Having HIV is not the end of the world, in many ways it can be the beginning of entirely new world.

One of the good things about joining a forum like AM is you immerse yourself in a diverse community. Members here come from all over the world and are of every imaginable sexuality, gender and cultural stripe.

In fact it often helps to see yourself not as an HIV positive person on his own but as new member of a diverse and tightly knit community.

Regards,

MtD

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2010, 07:06:44 PM »

i havent gone through a breakdown or anything like that... my friend says that that isnt normal...

But they say i need to mourn... i dont see why, he says that i am in denial .

No one can tell you how to act in this situation, your friend is doing you a disservice (although he might mean well). You are not "required" to have a breakdown, nor are you required to mourn.

Many people on here, including myself, never mourned and never had a breakdown over HIV. We jsut got on with it. I'm getting an inkling in your couple posts that you are prob strong emotionally, and you will bounce back quite well after the initial shock of it dissipates.

However, if you get to  point where you feel like you are going to break down or need to mourn, well that's fine too, so long as you recognize it for what it is and move on and not dwell on it.

And of course you can come here for help or feedback or what ever you need emotionally. You have many friends here.

BTw, Welcome :)

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6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

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Offline Run4urlife

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Re: just tested + in april....
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2010, 09:53:37 PM »
Hey there!

I too was diagnosed in April and although I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis, I am so glad that you are here and that you have reached out for support.  What I can say for my experience in this short time that feels like an eternity is that no two experiences are the same and although we all share the commonality of being positive, no one is going to hand you a pamphlet entitled "What To Expect Now that You Are Positive" with step by step instructions enclosed.  What you will find here are the many posts from people going through exactly what you are now, some that you may relate to as well as some very sound advice, genuine care and support, and an extremely knowledgeable community ready to offer whatever guidance they can.

Now, about the medicine.  Tonight's dose will be my 12th day on Atripla and I am feeling more and more like myself everyday.  The first week was tough for me, but the last few days I am feeling better and better.  As far as side effects, they haven't been too bad and I am very hopeful that the medicines are doing what they need to to supress the virus and allow my immune system to improve.

My encouragement to you would be to focus on the upside of things and that you are making progress and taking steps in the right direction to stay healthy.  Take things as they come and allow yourself to experience feelings and emotions as you process the arrival at a new stage in life, on your own schedule and not anyone else's.  Take it one step at a time and remember there is a whole community out here that's got your back should you need us!

Run

 


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