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Offline Theharlow272

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Random Question
« on: November 30, 2010, 12:22:31 PM »
Hello,
My name is Ruvi :) I am 22 years old and I live in the Idaho. :)
I have a random question.. here it goes:
I am planning to be a RN in the future... matter of fact I was applying for the program this semester but I felt lazy and didn't... I regret it but oh well..
I have to wait until next year to apply so meanwhile I want to get some experience such as being a CNA.
The thing is that I am a bit concerned since I will be whipping butts etc. I guess I don't mind it but I have a low CD4 count (208).. I swear I have heard people say "stay away from stuff like that".. should I just wait until my cd4's rise or what?
Sorry for my ignorance in this subject.
Thank you very much,
Ruvi  ;D

Offline TabooPrincess

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Re: Random Question
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 12:36:00 PM »
Do you mean 'wiping' butts?  lol Well surely you should be taking the usual infection control precautions in this case anyway? Gloves, hygiene, hand-washing etc etc  If so then I can't see why it would be a problem...


09/ 2008 - Seroconversion
11/2008 - Tested pos, cd4 640 vl 25400
12/2008 - cd4 794 vl 27798, 35%
03/2009 - cd4 844 vl 68846, 35%
06/2009 - cd4 476 vl 49151, 33% (pregnancy confirmed)
08/2009 - cd4 464 vl 54662, 32%
Started meds for pregnancy (Kaletra, AZT, Viread)
09/2009 - cd4 841 vl 3213, 42%
10/2009 - cd4 860 vl 1088, 41%
11/2009 - cd4 771 vl 563, 38%
12/2009 - cd4 885 vl 151 42%
Discontinued meds after baby born
02/2010 - cd4 841 vl 63781, 38%
05/2010 - cd4 1080 vl 113000, 39%
08/2010 - cd4 770 vl 109242
12/2010 - cd4 642 vl 111000, 34%
06/2011 - cd4 450 vl 222000, 33%
11/2011 - cd4 419 vl 212000, 24%
03/2012 - cd4 280 vl 118000, 26% (repeated Cd4 at 360)
05/2012 -cd4 360 vl 99,190
10/2012 Atripla, cd4 690, vl 80
12/2012 Darunavir, norvir, truvada, Cd4 680, vl u/d
07/2013 cd4 750,ud

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Random Question
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 12:36:18 PM »
Did you, perhaps, mean to say "wiping butts"?  "Whipping" gives a rather different picture.   ;D
(I googled CNA...   )

You know, perhaps you might talk to your doctor about it.  (S)he might have some practical suggestions, advice and encouragement for you.  As far as your tcell count is concerned, you are above the level where you are particularly susceptible to opportunistic infections.... but not a long ways above it.

Oh, and welcome to the forums


Assurbanipal


5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

Offline Ann

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Re: Random Question
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2010, 12:45:59 PM »
Hi Harlow, welcome to the forums.

We could give you better advice if you gave us more details, such as .... are you on treatment and if so, is your VL undetectable? Are you on a prophylactic antibiotic such as Bactrim?

If you are on meds and UD, and you're also still taking (ie) Bactrim, I wouldn't worry about it too much. You're supposed to be practising universal precautions when in contact with patients anyway - universal precautions are as much about protecting YOU as they are about protecting the patient.

Most importantly, you should speak to your doctor about this and see what he or she thinks. We can give you opinions here, but you and your doctor know the details of your case history best.

Ann
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Offline Theharlow272

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Re: Random Question
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2010, 12:49:46 PM »
Lol, yes wiping~~
I am undetectable and I am taking Dapsone & Atripla.

Offline Ann

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Re: Random Question
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2010, 01:21:38 PM »
Harlow, you should be just fine then, provided you follow universal precautions, which I trust they've taught you (drilled into you, in fact) throughout the course of your nursing studies.

Good luck with your studies and work experience. I've always found that poz nurses make very good nurses - because they know both sides of the equation as a patient as well as a health care provider. Some of the most compassionate nurses I know are poz. :)
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline odyssey

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Re: Random Question
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2010, 02:34:09 PM »
Ruvi-

As a former LNA (that's what CNAs are called in my state) I can tell you that you'll get so used to wearing gloves and washing your hands that it'll drive you near to insane. So unless your doctor tells you that you specifically need to avoid being around other people in general, i.e. isolation type precautions, I really don't see any problem with you becoming a CNA or a nurse. Of course, I'd check with your doctor just to be sure, but my hunch is he or she will give you the all clear. Best of luck to you!

odyssey
01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
04/01/14 CD4- 898  42%   VL-

Offline Theharlow272

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Re: Random Question
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2010, 04:10:23 PM »
Thank you for you help :)

 


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