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greg_atl:
Thanks to everyone who took time to reply.  3 days of meds so far and no ill side effects or really none at all that I can tell.  Like lostinthecorn I am wondering if how I have felt has just been a new normalcy and I really don't know how crappy I have been feeling.  I really had no indication that I was infected let alone full blown at this point.  I had an instance of dizziness in August and the Dr ran a CBC and when it came back it was all normal except that my white blood cell count was low (3.5) and was told to initially take a vitamin and come back in 2 weeks.  I started to research low WBC count and when I read the causes I knew instantly what was the cause.  I decided to make an appt and they ran the CBC again and the HIV test.  When the Dr's office called me at work and told me the Dr wanted me to come in to talk about my blood work I knew the results instantly.  I have friends who told me they would be pissed off at whoever did this and I am at the point that is a waste of energy and I am not going to be mad at myself or anyone else for something that I did 7-10 yrs ago, that would be wasted energy and would not change anything.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

greg_atl:
Well!  Learned a valuable lesson yesterday.  I need sunblock while taking the bactrim ds,  I was out in the sun for a max of 30 minutes and my face is toast.  Appears it will be sunscreen and long sleeves for outdoor activities.

jkinatl2:

--- Quote from: greg_atl on October 22, 2012, 08:43:29 PM ---Well!  Learned a valuable lesson yesterday.  I need sunblock while taking the bactrim ds,  I was out in the sun for a max of 30 minutes and my face is toast.  Appears it will be sunscreen and long sleeves for outdoor activities.

--- End quote ---

Yeah, there really should have been a warning sticker on the label for the Bactrim. Sorry you had to find that out the hard (and painful) way. Sunscreen is your friend!

I hope your immune system bounces back quickly. Honestly, people who are undiagnosed often walk around with single-digit CD4 counts more often than you'd think. They might not feel unwell at all, until they develop an opportunistic infection and get dreadfully sick, or die. I sported a cd4 count of 12 at one point. Not the best time, once I managed to pick up an infection.

HIV and the meds used to treat it carry a steep learning curve. This site truly rocks when it comes to researching your meds and treatment. I strongly recommend perusing your meds, even the "complimentary" treatments when you get prescribed stuff. We're so lucky to live in this day and age, where we have meds that will allow us to live normal lives (whatever the hell that means.)


greg_atl:
OK...I have a question.   I have been on Complara for a week now.  Is it possible to be feeling better this soon?  For quite sometime now I have felt like I was living in a fog and it seems to be lifting and I am getting back to my old self.

zach:
well greg, lets apply the socratic method here. do you feel better? yes? then it is possible.

all jokes aside, a week is pretty quick. but really who cares, why look in the horses mouth?

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