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Casinokiwi:
You are right buginme, the person I was having a conversation with is considered an "elite controller".  She actually participated in a bunch of research because of her situation.  I don't think I am and I know the odds are small but it would be nice to know (even if there was a small chance) that I could fight this without taking meds. 

In regards to all the comments on the high viral load.  I had an awful sero conversion.  I spent over a week in the hospital and they asked my wife if I had a living will.  I thought I was going to die.  Because I didn't really understand all the lingo and was in a bit of a fog once I heard I had HIV I didn't take too close of notes.  In fact i burned all my notes and medical information when i got home because i was so embarrassed (real mature i know).  It was either 35 million or 55 million, i have a drs appointment next week and I will update the post with the exact number.  I don't remember what my cd4 count was and I will get that figure as well.  The infectious disease dr said I had the second highest viral load he had ever seen and my new dr (who actually has HIV) told me it was the highest that he has seen. 

I have another post about the high viral load figure in another forum and it is higher than most everyone's.  I have kind of accepted that it is a good thing because we caught it early but I would be lying if I didn't say it scares the crap out of me that I had that much HIV in me for any period of time. 

I will get the exact figure and provide an update.  I don't want to be throwing mis-information around. 

Ann:
You can read more about Long Term Non-Progressors (LTNP) and Elite Controllers at the Zephyr Foundation.

bear66:
Hi, I'm Bear, and new to this site. I tested positive in 1995 after being sexually active with men for only 2 years, bummer! I remained undetectable for 5 years, and then teetered between 5k and 10k until November 2012. My VL shot up to 185K a month later I retested and my VL was at 128K, at that time I went on Stribild (first time in meds). I had no side effects other than some very vivid dreams. After 1 month on Stribild my VL was 126 copies. Not a 126K, but 126!!!
I'll be starting my 3rd month on Stribild in 2 weeks and still no side effects. I'm very pleased with the results.   

texaninnyc87:
Hey bear, welcome to the forums! I just found out yesterday that after 3 weeks on stribild my Vl went from 129,000 to 80! Woohoo! I haven't had any side effects either. As long as my kidneys dont fall out or anything im gonna go ahead and say i think stribild is an awesome drug.  ;D

oksikoko:

--- Quote from: texaninnyc87 on February 15, 2013, 01:14:59 PM ---Hey bear, welcome to the forums! I just found out yesterday that after 3 weeks on stribild my Vl went from 129,000 to 80! Woohoo! I haven't had any side effects either. As long as my kidneys dont fall out or anything im gonna go ahead and say i think stribild is an awesome drug.  ;D

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Ha! If you just jinxed me, I'll be haunting you a la Jacob Marley (with dialysis machine instead of chains) in about two weeks.

Hey, bear. Welcome to the forums. :)

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