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Author Topic: Blips  (Read 2560 times)

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Offline markabz21

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« on: July 28, 2011, 12:04:07 PM »
Hi there,

I have a question about blips. I know there if you get one its not an indication that your treatment is failing but i just want to know why they happen? Is there anything you can do to stop them?

I have been undetectible for 8months and have never missed a single dose since starting treating. However I saw the doctor yesterday to get my blood results and the viral load was 51 instead of undetectible. Im not really worried about it as I know blips are just random and sometimes happen. Often because of how the blood is tested and because of clinical errors and factors like that.

But I was wondering if there was anything I was doing to have caused a blip? I take an isentress tablet in the morning at 9am everyday. Sometimes Im still on the commuter train going to work at 9am so sometimes just swallow the tablet whole without water or anything. And sometimes I take it in the morning with coffee. Could not taking it with water or taking medication with hot drinks have any effect on the amount of medication that is absorbed or anything?

Im just thinking of ways to avoid any future blips. Or is that not even possible?


Offline newt

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Re: Blips
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011, 04:33:41 PM »
This is not a blip. Viral load tests easily return results up to 3 times higher than the real figure, this is the test's margin of error. A blip would be 150-250+

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Offline wolfter

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Re: Blips
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 07:10:49 AM »
I've been taking my morning meds with my 10 cups of coffee for 20 years.   :)
Being honest is not wronging others, continuing the dishonesty is.

Offline buginme2

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Re: Blips
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 10:12:56 AM »
I've been taking my morning meds with my 10 cups of coffee for 20 years.   :)

No wonder you need all that white zin, you need to bring you down from your caffeine high!
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Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Blips
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011, 11:44:43 AM »
There's not a lot you can do to avoid random variation....

Its really very frustrating to have one of these blips, but even if it repeats the current medical opinion seems to be that everything is fine if the levels are that low. 
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%
2014 VL UD - 48
2015 VL 130 Moved to Triumeq

Offline wolfter

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Re: Blips
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2011, 02:17:49 PM »
No wonder you need all that white zin, you need to bring you down from your caffeine high!

Being honest is not wronging others, continuing the dishonesty is.


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