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Author Topic: When should I start treatment?  (Read 1410 times)

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Offline Newguy

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When should I start treatment?
« on: September 24, 2012, 03:30:32 PM »
My sister just picked up my first set of meds today from my hometown. (I am currently in Canada in Quebec doing my masters but I am from Ontario. Quebec wont pay for my meds because I am an Ontario resident, so my sis is picking them up and mailing them to me, Here in Canada the provinces are responsible for delivering health cares services).

I am thinking I want to wait till I get two or more months supply to build up a reserve just so I have a backup. I am recently diagnosed with my March 2012 count CD4 400 21% VL 36000, and my Aug count at CD4330 21% VL 36000. Can I wait three months to start? Of course this is strictly my decision and alhtough I will do three months of damage I am sure it wont be that much? In August my doc gave me a years worth of lab requisition forms and passively said I should start ASAP but no emergency within the next 6 months. Since I have almost one month winter break in Dec it makes sense to complete this term and start the meds in Dec so I can deal with any side effects and not stress about school?

Any feedback?

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Re: When should I start treatment?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2012, 03:38:52 PM »
Why in the world would you need that large of buffer when you live somewhere that provides medications? I can understand maybe having a week or two, but only because of the "sister mailing meds" issue.

Most people are able to start their medications without interruption of work and/or school. I don't see any reason to procrastinate until Christmas break.
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Offline Newguy

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Re: When should I start treatment?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2012, 03:45:04 PM »
Why in the world would you need that large of buffer when you live somewhere that provides medications? I can understand maybe having a week or two, but only because of the "sister mailing meds" issue.

Most people are able to start their medications without interruption of work and/or school. I don't see any reason to procrastinate until Christmas break.

Thanks Miss Philicia. Maybe I will wait till she gets the second bottle which will be in about three weeks. Just a bit of a side note, ironically speaking, here in Liberal Ontario I have to pay a detuctible for the meds. It is still very cheap but it costs me 1000 a year. In Conservative Alberta they are completely free no questions asked. Go figure!

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Re: When should I start treatment?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2012, 03:47:58 PM »
Thanks Miss Philicia. Maybe I will wait till she gets the second bottle which will be in about three weeks. Just a bit of a side note, ironically speaking, here in Liberal Ontario I have to pay a detuctible for the meds. It is still very cheap but it costs me 1000 a year. In Conservative Alberta they are completely free no questions asked. Go figure!

Mine are completely free. So much for how bad the US sucks, eh?
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Offline Newguy

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Re: When should I start treatment?
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2012, 03:52:31 PM »
Mine are completely free. So much for how bad the US sucks, eh?

I have never thought the US sucks. I worked with Americans for ten years and they were SOME OF THE BEST PEOPLE I have had the pleasure to meet. I don't really subscribe to the idea that countries or their people can suck. However, a country's political system is a whole different story and I am sure if you ask most people regardless of political affiliation, they are displeased with thier country's political system.

Offline newrb

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Re: When should I start treatment?
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2012, 04:32:31 PM »
You can probably wait a little bit before starting to take your medicines.
As long as your CD4 level is higher than 400 and above 20% you are still healthy and will not have any problems with oportunistic desease.

But once you start taking them, you should never stop! Until cure found ;) of course
« Last Edit: September 24, 2012, 04:34:13 PM by newrb »
17/MAY/11 - Diagnosed HIV+
                  VL- 20400  CD4- 667  26%
02/SEP/11 - started Lopinavir/Ritonavir + Lamivudina
                 VL- 110599   CD4- 653   26%
30/SEP/11 - VL- 114  CD4- 600  33.2%
25/NOV/11 - VL- 47   CD4- 721  33%
17/FEB/12-   VL- UD  CD4-717  31%
09/MAY/12-  VL- UD   CD4-731  38%
07/AGO/12-  VL- UD   CD4- 922  34%

 


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