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Offline David_CA

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How did YOU get here?
« on: September 09, 2006, 10:54:01 PM »
Hi guys & gals,

Today, while I was working on some projects around the house, I started thinking about HIV (imagine that!) and aidsmeds.  I remembered the second day after finding my HIV results I was laying in bed playing around on the internet.  I suddenly got really upset wondering how one went about living with HIV.  Like I always do when I want to know something, I Googled "living with HIV".  I went through several pages of results until I came to one that seemed like it might be what I was looking for - aidsmeds.com. 

Although Google did ultimately get me here, I wonder if there's a way we can get moved up a bit in their search results.  So, my question is 'how did you find aidsmeds.com (or the forums on poz.com)?'

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline Teresa

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2006, 10:59:05 PM »
I have been here since the end of April first of May and I cant remember how I found this place. I was all over the internet trying to find anything about HIV/Aids. Everything is a blurr of the first month.

But Im so glad that I did find this place. Dont know what I would have done without it and the people here!

I love you all
Teresa
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 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2006, 11:07:09 PM »
Hello David,

Its kind of interesting. I found this site by a google search. I was already on medication two months prior to finding Aidsmeds back in 2003.


I wasn't so much in need of support, I had already lived with this bug, long before this site became available, and years before the internet became available !! I already had a great support base through the years.

I was searching for information on the meds. ( Ziagen) as I was being switched over to that med, from Zerit. Thats when I  joined the site. It opened another door for me, and took me into another phase of living with HIV. It took me quite a while to get posting.And I was a little uncomfomtable in the beginning. I would much rather talk to people face to face, then to type messages,( I hate typing) but anyway, here I am just about three years later !! :) And now I am addicted !! :P



All the Best-----Ray



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



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

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

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

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 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 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006, 11:27:25 PM »
I started subscribing to the AIDSMEDS newsletter in 2002 shortly after I was diagnosed. I joined the forums in 2005. I forget why I took so long to join the forums.

Probably the drug use.

MtD

Offline Biggums

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2006, 12:08:57 AM »
Google here also. 
44 year old gay man .......just broke up with the only man I've ever really loved.

You can love completely without complete understanding.

Offline IzPoz

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2006, 12:12:31 AM »
I blame Eric!  ;) :-*
The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly. ~ Chesterton G. K.

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2006, 12:21:33 AM »
By accident! I have been familiar with poz.com for a few years and visit that site every once in awhile. One morning while there I noticed the link to forums and clicked on that which opened up a wealth of information.

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2006, 12:30:35 AM »
It's been so long I can't remember. I've used AIDSmeds to research medications for years. I wasn't until this past year that I bothered to read the forums.

Offline Mouse

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2006, 12:38:10 AM »
I remember looking for pretty much anything about HIV using Google. I think the first link I clicked was to one of the lessons. And then I was like, "Oh! Forum!"

The rest is history.

Offline Eldon

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2006, 12:43:34 AM »
Hello David,

I was doing a search on the internet for an HIV/AIDS support group. Somehow through my searches, POZ showed up. From there I eagerly read through the site and I had discovered the forums through a link that was provided on their site.

I WISH I had of know about AM sooner than I did! I love the family here.


Have the BEST Day!

Offline Ric Wilke

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2006, 01:00:15 AM »
I think I search using Google back in 10/2002.  Been there ever since.  The Lessons have a true source of information.  (Thanks Tim, Peter and all the others behind the scenes.)  But the Forums have been a life saver for me.  They provide my sole support system.  I love each and any every one of the posters for what they bring to the table.  Through the Forums I have made the best friends I have in my life.

Let's all continue to be that to each other.  Together we will survive and will beat this damned virus.

With my deepest respect to all, Ric

Offline otherplaces

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2006, 01:39:26 AM »

I had come across Aidsmeds.com a few times before I joined.  At first I just didn't look because I wasn't on meds and it didn't seem to apply to me.  I looked again after they linked with poz.com which I visit all the time.  I was at a low point needing support with no time to actually find a support group.  So I posted one night and AM was my knight in shining armor....which was beatiful.  There's no site like it that I've seen.  I still wonder if its title may misdirect people.  It's so much more than info on meds.

brian

Offline texasguy

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2006, 01:42:29 AM »
Hi David.  I remember it like it was yesterday. It was during Christmas holiday time last year when I got the results.  Happy Holiday to me, ho ho, not.  But that very night I was lucky to Google hiv treatment and landed here at AM.  I read what seemed like the entire website that evening, and it took me a few days to get up the nerve to actually post.  And I'm so glad I did!  I didn't want to burden anyone's holidays with my diagnosis news, so a lot of people here helped through those difficult weeks when I was alone and trying to absorb and deal with it.  And I will never forget it.  
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                    VL         CD4     CD4%
7/11/2008   Started Atripla and Lisinopril for high blood pressure
6/8     654000(?) 347     20.4
5/08   42100       287      20.5
11/07 52930       438     27.3
5/07   48800       356     22.2
2/07   89000       316     23.2
7/06   51700       459     25.3
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Offline anniebc

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2006, 02:27:23 AM »
Hi David

I found Aidsmed.com when I was searching for the PEP drugs I was on and wanted to know why I was feeling so ill and having so many side effects...I got the information I wanted and left.

When I was diagnosed in 2002 I thought I would be able to handle things on my own, but after a year of various combo's, dreadful side effects and sickness I decide to go back to Aidsmeds and seek some help and advise from the guys on the forum...and I was given much more than I ever imagined...the support was amazing, so I hung around and made some wonderful friends in the process..and that David is why I'm still here after 3.5 years... ;).

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Offline Cherie

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2006, 03:00:13 AM »
Blame Blue for me being here...

I met her in a chat room for HIV and she told me all about it the rest is history as they say....
"An adventure may be worn as a muddy spot or it may be worn as a proud insignia.It is the woman wearing it who  makes it one thing or the other."

Offline sweetasmeli

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2006, 03:53:50 AM »
Can't remember...number 93 bus?? ;D

A yahoo search perhaps...

Melia :)
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Offline livingpositively

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2006, 04:00:16 AM »
I had pretty much been avoiding the internet as far as doing any "research".  Just trying to let things sink in a bit.

When I had my first Dr.'s appt, I asked if there were any reputable sites to look at.  The nurse told me about aidsmeds.com and thebody.com.  Two weeks later when I got my first lab results, I got home that night and while I was mindlessly surfing, figured I'd check it out.  I couldn't find the piece of paper Mary had written the sites on, but I remembered aidsmeds.com.  I typed it in and found the lab tracker.  Then I looked over and saw a link that said forums.  "Hmmm, I wonder what that's about???"  And here I am.  YAY!!!

It's been great so far - well, for the most part anyway.   :D ;)

Shane
4/6/07   CD4 450, % 23, No VL
2/19/07 CD4 487, % 26, VL 47,500
1/4/07   CD4 357, % 27, No VL
10/3/06 CD4 500, % 26, VL 18,000
7/6/06   CD4 530, % 29, VL 83,800
4/6/06   CD4 555, % 28, VL 13,000

Offline Ann

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2006, 06:39:18 AM »
I found this place not long after I was diagnosed in February 2001. I didn't even have my own computer back then, I was going to my ex-husband's house while he was at work to use his computer to find and print out info. I found the lessons first while trying to make sense of CD4 counts - I still have the print outs of those lessons pages dated March 2001.

I found the forums around the same time but they were very different back then. This was pre-SMF software and pre-FuseTalk software too. Back then, days could go by before there was a new post (nevermind thread!) in the Living forum; most of the activity seemed to be in the Am I Infected forum (formerly known as the Fears of HIV forum). When Peter installed the FuseTalk forum software in September of 2002, the place really exploded, especially after Peter had AIDSmeds listed in the advertising sidebar at Google around World AIDS Day 2002.

In mid 2003 the forums were under attack from denialist who wanted to clog the site up and shut us down. I started helping get rid of these guys (by incessantly emailing Peter to say - they're back!) and that was how I ended up as a moderator - although nobody knew until July of 2005 when I came out of the closet. And the rest, as they say, is herstory. :D

I don't know what I would have done all these years without this place and the wonderful people who populate it. I probably would have gone completely stark raving bonkers living in isolation here on the Rock.

Ann
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Offline joemutt

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2006, 07:49:08 AM »
Serendipity.

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2006, 07:49:42 AM »
Serendipity.

Offline angels4kelly

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2006, 08:34:41 AM »
I put HIV/AIDS in my AOL search engine and this is one of the places that came up.
I was tired of being alone with this. I just wanted to hear what other people dealing with this virus were thinking and doing.
First I signed up for the newsletter and got that for years before coming to the forums.
This was definitely because of drug use or I would've come here a lot sooner!!

Peace,
Kelly
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VIREAD,VIRACEPT, EPZICOM

MOST RECENT...
10/9/2006
CD4's-714
CD4%-30%
VL-Undetectable
DIAGNOSES POSITIVE 10/90
SAME MEDS, VIREAD, VIRAMUNE, EPZICOM.

SHOOT FOR THE MOON! YOU MAY MISS,
BUT YOU'LL LAND IN THE STARS :)

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Offline emeraldize

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2006, 08:51:53 AM »
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« Last Edit: October 31, 2006, 10:05:15 PM by emeraldize »

Offline RapidRod

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2006, 08:56:47 AM »
I found AidsMeds, by searching HIV medications in April of 2005 and have been here ever since.

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2006, 09:00:58 AM »
Don't remember exactly. I'm sure I was searching for info on PML. I guess it was more luck than anything being that my vision was so much worse at that time.

Offline Mattinsrq

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2006, 09:06:53 AM »
Poz Magazine/ poz.com forum meld.

Offline Lis

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2006, 09:23:10 AM »
after my fist bought of PCP .. i was looking for info on all the drugs i was taking..
poz 1986....

Offline Nadine

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2006, 09:31:33 AM »
I'm sure I was doing a google search for any info about HIV....I am so grateful that I stumbled across this site  ;D

Offline Cliff

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2006, 09:36:40 AM »
I found this website probably a month or so after being diagnosed/infected.  I was right in the middle of the process of finding a doctor, getting my labs, etc..and I was desperately looking everywhere (over the internet) for information about the latest treatment, clinical trials, potential cures, etc..  I used to file these very large black binders with all the information I gathered on clinical trials, study results, drug pipeline reports, etc..  And I would read them after work (and during work).  I stumbled onto aidsmeds while researching new drugs (I think it was viread or those IL-2/7 drugs).  Soon afterwards I signed up for the forums.

The black binders are long gone.  But the forum is still here for me.

Great thread David!

P.S.- Re: How high up a website shows up on a search...I think it has to do with how many hits the website gets.  The more popular a website, the higher up it is in the search results.  But maybe a more technical person can confirm this.

Offline Alain

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2006, 04:11:34 PM »
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« Last Edit: November 03, 2006, 06:09:34 PM by cowandalehouse »

Offline Robert

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2006, 04:54:19 PM »
I was recovering from PCP and was wondering how the hell I was going to hang on.  It didn't look good. It was February, 2004.  Then one day I googled and found Aidsmeds.  The first log-on sign I noticed was by Alan, aka, "DO YOUR OWN DAMN DISHES"

It was the first time I had laughed in months.

If there any one or two enteupreneurs worth their new found $$$$ (billions) they are the the founders of Google.  Just for Aidsmed alone, their "invention" has been priceless.

robert
..........

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2006, 04:55:52 PM »
In mid 2003 the forums were under attack from denialist who wanted to clog the site up and shut us down. I started helping get rid of these guys (by incessantly emailing Peter to say - they're back!) and that was how I ended up as a moderator - although nobody knew until July of 2005 when I came out of the closet. And the rest, as they say, is herstory. :D

Thank you Thank you Thank you!! Denialists are the worst!!! (they contribute to death and suffering, i.e., the blind leading the blind!)

If my memory is intact, I ran a Google search last year and it took me directly into the forums. I remember thinking wow these people know alot, so I posted a question about a poz person having a baby and what would the status of the baby be ---Rasheen was the first person to answer ..... Funny how we can remember little details like that


Offline Marshall

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2006, 05:09:48 PM »
It was via www.duesberg.nl
You can never have enough friends!

Offline clarke

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« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2006, 05:26:44 PM »
I saw a magazine about it in our MD's office.  I liked the info in the magazine, and figured that hitting this site would help me help us keep up with things as well as finding a friend(s) who are in the same "boat" so to speak.

Frankly, I don't make friends easily, and my last "best" friend (besides my wife) was a buddy I shared an apartment with in Portland, Oregon.  And that was in 1979, so you can kinda see what I mean.

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #33 on: September 10, 2006, 05:27:49 PM »
Google, like so many others.

I knew what HIV entailed to a large extent before arriving here but the lessons and person experiences in these forums have been invaluable - and great supplements to regularly scheduled visits to the doctor.

How could we live without the internet these days? Sure, it's got it's share of warts, but what a way to connect with other people across the globe from my big, comfy chair!

Offline libvet

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« Reply #34 on: September 10, 2006, 05:41:50 PM »
I seem to recall being invited to visit this site after having a very heated and long argument with a couple of HIV denialists on another board.    I  really don't have much tolerance for the stupidity the denialists try to spread.

Offline ACinKC

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #35 on: September 10, 2006, 09:37:15 PM »
The article on Regan brought me.  Thanks ABC news!
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Offline DingoBoi

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #36 on: September 10, 2006, 10:09:29 PM »
google search shortly after diagnosis but i never found the forums... I came back about 6 months later and discovered them and BAM!  I was home.

Offline alive2

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #37 on: September 10, 2006, 10:21:31 PM »
i was told by someone whos more knowledgable on this subject than i and through a learning experience, i also learned of this site.

Offline Jeff64

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #38 on: September 10, 2006, 10:28:02 PM »
I was never "promiscious" so I have no idea which one of my very few friends gave me this dreaded thing.

It puzzles me to no end. But here I am hiv positive. My father must be so proud.


Signed, a very depressed Jeff.

Offline Ric Wilke

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #39 on: September 10, 2006, 10:55:26 PM »
Hey Folks,

Just for fun, Google my name, Ric Wilke, and see what you get.  I guess I'm out of the AIDS closet, as they say.  But look where I came out.  Yes, AIDSmeds.com.  Thank you Peter, Tim, Andy and Ann.  Yes, I'm Poz and yes, I'm Proud.

With deepest respect, Ric

Offline Quarter Horse

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« Reply #40 on: September 10, 2006, 10:58:36 PM »
My Doctor actually suggested it to me.

Brian
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Offline BooBoo

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #41 on: September 10, 2006, 11:15:23 PM »
Although I've been positive for 14 years now, I never knew about this site until 2.5 yrs ago....when I started working for an ASO here in Pittsburgh.  I just did alot of research on here for a while and then finally joined the forums about a year ago.
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Offline LatinAlexander

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #42 on: September 10, 2006, 11:22:51 PM »
Google here, on the very first days after my diagnosis...

Alex
Poz since Jul 19 2006
Initial numbers : CD4-250 VL 3500
First labs after HAART (Dec 04-2006) : CD4-432 VL-<40 (Undetectable)  cd4%=25.11%
Started HAART: Combivir+Efavirenz Aug 26 7:38 pm
Feb 08 2007 - Gradually stopping HAART cause of Myalgia. Protecting Efavirenz. Stopped Efavirenz, ahead with Combivir....
February 17 Combivir stopped.
April 3 -07 : Started ddi+3tc+efavirenz...
Gay and positive (What a lack of Identity...:) )
Looking for my Ben....

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2006, 02:17:19 AM »
I googled my way here too within 24 hours of my diagnosis.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline Catman

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #44 on: September 11, 2006, 09:32:13 AM »
I believe it was searching for information on viral resistance. I didn't sign up immediately, though. Probably on my 3rd visit I did and am surely happy about it. At that moment my doc put me on Fuzeon and I was full of questions about this medication and needed some feedback from persons already using it. Here I found good responces to all my questions and great personal advice sent to my personal messages section. This page is good therapy and it makes me feel we are not alone...
« Last Edit: September 11, 2006, 09:40:11 AM by Catman »
Catman

Meow to the birds
Meow to the tree's
Meow to the end
of this dreadful disease...

Offline Beatz4me

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #45 on: September 11, 2006, 01:22:28 PM »
Google

Offline texasguy

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #46 on: September 12, 2006, 12:05:43 AM »
After suffering through 3 weeks of "holiday cheer", and spending Christmas with my family out of state for two days, I'll never forget New Years Eve.  Barely 4 weeks after getting my confirmed poz test, and after reading all the lessons here on AM, needless to say it was a New Years I will never forget.  I wish I could remember that names of the really nice people that got me through that very depressing New Years Day here on AM, but my mind was not in such a shape to remember.  I like this new software, but I regret that I don't know how to go back and see my posts from back then, because I truly would like to thank those people who got me through that...... is there any way to go back and see the old posts from before the software upgrade?
8/12/2008    102        402      26.8
                    VL         CD4     CD4%
7/11/2008   Started Atripla and Lisinopril for high blood pressure
6/8     654000(?) 347     20.4
5/08   42100       287      20.5
11/07 52930       438     27.3
5/07   48800       356     22.2
2/07   89000       316     23.2
7/06   51700       459     25.3
2/06   346000     386     20.3
           VL          CD4     CD4%
Poz Antibody Test January 2006
Seroconversion December 2005
Exposure November 2005

Offline ScottPhxAZ

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #47 on: September 12, 2006, 12:45:17 AM »
I very recently googled my way here via poz.com. I have been content just to lurk and read and learn.

Thanks everyone who came here before me.

Scott
07/06 infected; K103N mutation (excludes non-nukes)
Date  CD4/%      VL
08/06 867/23%  1,000,000+
09/06 646/20%     434,000
10/06 948/24%   1,710,000
02/07 851/23%      439,000
04/07 CD4: 701/23%  VL:    184,000
06/07 CD4: 697/         VL:    202,000
08/07 CD4: 565/19%  VL:    184,000
08/07 Started Truvada+Viracept
11/07 CD4: 769/27%  VL:          181
02/08 CD4: 998/23%  VL:         <48
05/08 CD4: 809/26%  VL:         <48
06/08 Stopped meds while traveling
09/08 CD4: 793/31%  VL:         <48
12/08 CD4: 739/21%  VL:     27,700
02/09 CD4: 60
05/09 CD4: 508/22%  VL:     19,400
08/09 CD4: 358/22%  VL:     62,600
10/09 CD4: 548/26%  VL:         <48
01/10 CD4: 468/28%  VL:         <48
05/10 CD4: 475/34%  VL:         <48

Offline uberk9

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #48 on: September 12, 2006, 04:24:10 AM »
Google, today

I'd seen poz.com but didn't know of the forums, i was searching for *blush* poz orgies...

out of curiousity...  not to attend of course, just curious (my public position on this, and that it shall remain!)

:)

Pup

Offline justlookingaround2006

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Re: How did YOU get here?
« Reply #49 on: September 12, 2006, 09:05:29 AM »
I was diagnosed 2001, have been computer literate only since 1998, but found like most with computer access the various sites for HIV+, mostly the dating sites, but of all these only found two really good sites one run by poz magazine and positiveconnections.org out of Florida both have personal sites free with no gimics and no lures too post "free ads" which turn out too be merely a lure too get you too post your personal data. I only recently discovered the forums here, sadly did not really revue the poz magazine main web page well or would have seen its obvious link too forums. I have been on medications immediately, unlike the lucky ones who went many years from date of infection too meds, I got infected in early 1999, and when diagnosed in 2001 had CD4 Level of 99 and was getting sick.., but medications have been my blessing as well as curse since they do have the nasty side effects. I just chalk it up too fate and some bad medicine side effects cannot be as bad as feeling nothing at all and being deceased...! I do wonder why so many of us are diagnosed in the USA today and so few go on line, have my opinion on this, many just may not be computer savvy due too generation they are born in as I was, or have other priorities than buying a home computer, but anyone can use a free internet and computer access from any public library, by merely getting a free library card, often wondered why more do not do so and for that reason I posted a web page on the subject in hopes of educating some on the idea of maybe spreading the idea too others like us, got a reasonable nice response from many of the 180 plus some viewers who visited the site, but did get two negative comments, got attacked by one lady who claimed I was spreading mis-information and that women cannot infect men, all HIV/AIDS was caused by gay and bi-sexual men, she went beserk on me. Of course I did not take the bait, since she obviously was just angry at all men due too her alleged source was a ex-husband with a bi-sexual background. I did wonder why she even posted on poz personals if she had such anger at men, but then she blamed me for her decision too remove her ad, I guess she just had to have someone too blame. It did not deter me from keeping the site posted and who knows out of the 180 plus folks who visited it maybe some did as I suggested and printed up some simple one page flyers and dropped them at local places where us HIV get services and medical care and maybe reached some poor soul who is not computer savvy or has no home computer..! In any event I feel two negatives out of over 180 is not bad, if anyone is curious it is at http://www.geocities.com/rvhobo1954/page1.html?
I even put informational links too a web page on legal issues state by state on disclosure, since truly some states have really draconian laws and people need too be aware of them...! I was under the mistaken impression if you just disclosed you obeyed the law but some states even disclosure does not eliminate legal complications...! Take care and god bless too all..

 


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