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Author Topic: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?  (Read 1129 times)

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Offline 0608

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Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« on: September 20, 2012, 12:49:37 PM »
Hi, guys.  I just got my first lab results today:  CD4 = 307 (boo, lower than I hoped for), VL = 8397 (also lower than expected, but yay for this one).  I tested negative for everything else, like Hepatitis, syphillis, and a bunch of other things.  I also picked up my first supply of Truvada & Isentress (had no idea they were such pretty colors, LOL), which I'll start taking next week.

After giving me the results, my doctor recommended vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and pneumonia, as well as a tuberculosis test.  I'm definitely going with the pneumonia vaccine and the TB test, but I wanted to ask for feedback in relation to the Hepatitis vaccines.  If I'm not sexually active (it's going to take me a while to get back in the swing of things, so to speak) and I have no plans to travel to any place likely to have contaminated food or water, is it still important for me to be vaccinated for Hepatitis?

I guess I'm just iffy because none of the high-risk factors that I've read on the Internet seemed to pertain to me particularly (which wasn't true in the case of HIV, obviously).  Any opinions or personal experiences with the vaccinations would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you, and let's all stay healthy!
« Last Edit: September 20, 2012, 12:51:23 PM by 0608 »

Offline buginme2

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 01:11:15 PM »
Abso-F'inglutely

Hep A and B vaccine are aboslutely needed for someone HIV positive. 


Offline newt

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2012, 01:19:04 PM »
Since you can get Hep A from a salad ...... nuff said :-)

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2012, 01:47:02 PM »
zactly... considering how much people eat out these days I would think everyone would want a vaccine to protect them from those nasty restaurant workers who wipe their ass and then don't wash their hands
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 02:15:10 PM »
I had Hep A before , probably from tossing salad . It was awful .

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 02:33:04 PM »
I had Hep A before , probably from tossing salad . It was awful .

Me too (Hep A - 2001)
Oh, and Acute Hep B - (Circa 2003) - but I think it was from the Ranch dressing and not tossinged salad...  ;D

No need for me to get the shots - I immune ---- about the only thing going right these days  :-\
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 02:54:35 PM »
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012, 03:12:40 PM »
This reminds me I need to check titers for Hep B.  I created response to A, but not B.  They messed up the vaccine shots.  Although, I may have not created a response anyway, as is the case many times.

0608, as said, you can get A from food or from a door knob.  And, you may not create a response like me, so better to start now, in case you need to repeat.  I am hoping I created a response this time.  Like you, I have wondered whether B is all that important for me.  But, even though I am fairly sure my partner wouldn't go astray, he is human.  He's had the vaccines, but was never checked to see if they created response. 

You got your flu vaccination?  I am deciding when the best time is.  I have read it can lose efficacy as time goes on during flu season.  I was just going to wait until my Nov doc appt?  What about you?


Offline surf18

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2012, 07:08:32 PM »
get the B shots. I had hep b and it sucks. Just get it over with

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2012, 07:21:27 PM »
Hello 0608,

These are the recommended immunizations, for HIV infected adults. I've had just about everyone of them, including the HEP A and Hep b series.

I get the flu shot annually. And  because my work place requires it, I get tested annually for TB.

I also get the necessary boosters, when needed.


http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/contentfiles/Recommended_Immunizations_FS_en.pdf



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



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 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 0608

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Re: Recommended Vaccinations for Us?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2012, 08:37:06 PM »
Wow, I had no idea Hep A & B were that transmissible (hope that's a word)!  Thanks for the heads up; I will be getting those as well.

As for the flu shot, yeah, I'm definitely planning on getting it soon.  I'm going to ask my doctor about that.  At any rate, I guess I'll look like a porcupine or the Hellraiser come my next hospital visit...

 


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