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Author Topic: First labs since starting Complera.  (Read 1282 times)

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Offline MoMorrison

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First labs since starting Complera.
« on: May 30, 2012, 02:54:01 PM »
Hey everyone. I just wanted to give a little update as to everything that is going on with me and my journey with this virus. I had blood drawn on 5-24-12 and had my follow up with my doctor today (5-30-12) for my results. So here they are:

Pre medication labs:
3/20/12: VL 46,000 / CD4 133 (10%)

Post medication labs:
5/24/12: VL 53 / CD4 255 (17%)

I have been taking Complera since April 4, 2012. My doctor says that she is very impressed with my numbers. I have also been taking Bactrim DS since March 28, 2012 and my doctor says it's ok to stop taking it now, however it's totally up to me if I want to just finish whatever I have left of it. Any advice from you guys on this? I am really on a high right now because I did not expect this much of a change in my numbers. I hope that this helps me with my anxiety as far as keeping negative thoughts out of my head. That's another monster that I want to conquer and defeat! There you have it everyone. I am totally happy with my numbers today and I just want to do everything possible to stay healthy. Wishing you all the best. :)
Jan 2011 Tested HIV positive
01/2011 CD4 189 / VL 79,000
03/20/2012 CD4 133 (10%) / VL 46,000
03/28/2012 started bactrim ds
04/04/2012 started complera
05/24/2012 CD4 255 (17%) / VL 53
06/25/2012 stopped bactrim ds

Offline sshortguy1

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Re: First labs since starting Complera.
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 04:00:55 PM »
mo my friend and i have the same dr and scheduled the appts at the same time as mine ,,, i was with him and he was going through what you are taking bactrim. his cd4 was as low like yours then started atripla , his results gotten better. he asked if he could stop taking it since hes on atripla now . the dr said if you want to since your started hiv meds , he complained the chalky taste from it as you it's up to you ,  our dr said the exact same to him as yours did to u i'm not a dr and but just repeated what he told him when i was with him             

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Re: First labs since starting Complera.
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012, 04:22:02 PM »
Hey Mo,

While your numbers are improving, your CD4s are pretty low and I'd stay with the Bactrim for now.  Your immune system is still adjusting and you don't want to risk any infections, that could cause your numbers to plummet.  I'd wait a few months, until you have a trend of improving or at least stable counts.


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Re: First labs since starting Complera.
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2012, 04:59:28 PM »
My doctor likes my cd4 numbers to be at least 500 or more. 

You are heading in the right direction with your new meds.

Congrats on the positive news. 
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Offline MoMorrison

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Re: First labs since starting Complera.
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 09:10:40 PM »
Thank you for the replies guys. I have decided to continue on the Bactrim until I am completely done with them. I have one more refill left so after that then I guess that I will have no choice but to stop. I don't go back to see my doctor for another set of labs until August so God willing the trend will continue, my CD4 will have risen more and my VL will be undetectable.
Jan 2011 Tested HIV positive
01/2011 CD4 189 / VL 79,000
03/20/2012 CD4 133 (10%) / VL 46,000
03/28/2012 started bactrim ds
04/04/2012 started complera
05/24/2012 CD4 255 (17%) / VL 53
06/25/2012 stopped bactrim ds


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