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Author Topic: Main Things To Do / Not Do - Just starting Triple HAART  (Read 1268 times)

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Offline dazedndconfused

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Main Things To Do / Not Do - Just starting Triple HAART
« on: July 10, 2012, 01:25:11 PM »
With the following HAART regime - Abacavir 600mg, Lamivudine 300mg and Lopinavir+Ritonavir.

Apart from ensuring to take the meds as directed, what are the main things that SHOULD and SHOULDNT be done?

Any general pieces of advice?

Many thanks

Offline newt

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Re: Main Things To Do / Not Do - Just starting Triple HAART
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012, 02:31:41 PM »
Hello, welcome

Do the normal healthy things and don't do the others, same as for HIV negative folk.

Doing the healthy things may be modestly more important for people with HIV since HIV and meds slightly increases the risk of heath disease, kidney disease and related conditions.

If your CD4 count is under 200 be careful of getting bugs from food and the like.

And don't put up with minor side effects. Sit on people until they are sorted.

That's about it.

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline thunter34

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Re: Main Things To Do / Not Do - Just starting Triple HAART
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 02:36:07 PM »
Keep some TP and a change of clothes in the trunk of your car.  You just never know.
AIDS isn't for sissies.

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Re: Main Things To Do / Not Do - Just starting Triple HAART
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 03:00:09 PM »
Keep some TP and a change of clothes in the trunk of your car.  You just never know.
Haha, what? :o

Ok I get it.  ;D
2011 May - Neg.
2012 June CD4:205, 16% VL:2676 Start Truvada/Stocrin
2012 July  CD4:234, 18% VL:88
2012 Sep  CD4:238, 17% VL:UD
2013 Feb  CD4:257, 24% VL:UD -viramune/truvada
2013 May CD4:276, 26% VL:UD

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Main Things To Do / Not Do - Just starting Triple HAART
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012, 03:11:17 PM »

I like taking my medications with food. I am on Epzicom ( Abacavir/lamivudine). And Viramune. I think my gut handles these meds better with something in the gut. But, you can take Epzicom without food. I make sure to drink enough water.

Your doctor should have already looked into any other medications ( if any) that you may be on, to make there are not drug interactions.

I've never been on Lopinavir+Ritonavir, so I am not certain if there may be food restrictions, with these.

And I never had the shits with Abacavir/lamivudine. although, I can get a liitle gassy at times.   :P


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






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 64 years young.


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