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Offline Joe K

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Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« on: June 05, 2006, 02:45:52 PM »
Hey All,

Just got back from the docs and my latest labs have me absolutely floored.  Considering that I have been poz for 22 years and at one point, has so few CD4s, that I named them and then I get these results.

CD4s: 727, 27% and VL undetectable.  This is the first time I have every topped 600 CD4s, let alone 700 and my percentage has never gone above 23%.  I'm just stunned at how well I am responding to the new meds.  Jim also told me that 75% of my new CD4s are the naive type, but I'll have to do some digging to remember why exactly that is a good thing (I think it's something to do with resistance.)

Maybe I will be around to see that third decade with HIV.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2006, 03:02:06 PM by killfoile »

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 03:01:16 PM »

Joe,

I think that's great!!  You will be around for the third decade and I hope to be there too.

Thomas
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Offline Teresa

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 03:06:24 PM »
Joe,
 That is FANTASTIC news! Im so happy for you!

Bigggg Huggsss
Teresa
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CD4:320
  %: 26.7
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Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline HIVworker

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006, 03:30:24 PM »
Fantastic, Fantastic news. Further evidence that you rock...now start writing that book.... ;)

R
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Offline Oscar

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2006, 03:49:13 PM »
Congrats on the fantastic #'s Joe!

Dan

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2006, 03:50:55 PM »
That's great news Joe!   Congratulations.

Hugs,

Alan
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Offline sdcabincrew74

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2006, 03:54:39 PM »
of course you will see a third decade, probably even a fourth!  Those are great results!!!
The difference between an overnight and a layover is luck!

Offline heartforyou

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2006, 03:57:03 PM »
sweetie,

the two of us will tango into that third decade together.
They ain't seen nothing yet.

great great results

hermie,
who will open a box of chocolates on this
and who will now personally come and get you to the AMG
Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
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Happiness is the freedom of breathing fresh air every day.

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006, 05:19:26 PM »
Joe, not only am I happy for your results....(let me be selfish for a moment here).....but it really inpires me to believe that it's possible to have a long life with this virus tagging along.

Congratulations, buddy!

Take care,
John

Offline The Canuck

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2006, 05:26:05 PM »
Congrats Joe ! Those are GREAT results for someone who has been poz for so long. it certainly gives a lot of hopes to the ones recently infected, and also to the ones not so recently infected.  :)

Regards,

The Canuck

Offline BB

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006, 05:26:54 PM »
Better life through chemistry Joe.  ;D

Bill
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2006, 05:39:14 PM »
Time to celebrate! (I know that's what I'm gonna do if I break 500

Offline Joe K

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2006, 05:41:15 PM »
Thanks everyone, I'm still floating and that is one of the main reasons I shared this with everyone.  So that people could understand that you can not only live with HIV, you can THRIVE in spite of HIV.  I did it through the decades with much fewer options than today.  I hope that readers take away from this that too can also celebrate many decades with HIV if they make reasonable life decisions.

And Bill, isn't that the old Dow Chemical tag line?: "Better life through Chemicals"  But who am I to argue, it's worked for me.

Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2006, 05:42:37 PM »
Those results are incredible. Which meds are those?
The only member in these forums approved by WINBA: World International Nail and Beauty Association.
Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

Offline Tim

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2006, 05:54:01 PM »
Joe,

I am absolutely astounded and elated with your current report.  That is fantabulous!!!   And, thank you so much for sharing this.  It is GREAT encouragement for the more recentlly infected, those who see life is over when it really isn't.

Congratulations, Joe.  A great big bear hug to ya.
Tim S., not to be confused with Tim Horn

Offline heartforyou

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2006, 06:03:55 PM »
Joe,

I have told you before how excited I am about your labs. Fabulous.

For all those, recently infected :
In 1995  had a viral load of millions, CD4 count of 17 and now, after 19 years of HIV  I have been undetectable for almost 9 years and my T count has been up to 950 ( currently at 580)

We are  a light in the dark for a lot of newly infected Joe.

Love u

hermie
Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
Viread, Kivexa (Epzicom),Viramune once daily

Happiness is the freedom of breathing fresh air every day.

Offline jack

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2006, 06:21:16 PM »
joe, what regimen are you on? great numbers!!! its a roller coaster.

Offline Poz Brit

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2006, 06:29:51 PM »
With results like this, considering your longevity with HIV/AIDS is an inspiration to of us newly diagnosed. Joe, you have all of my love, support and admiration, and hope to be replying to your posts well into the future.

Love & Respect

John(UK) 

Offline Moffie65

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2006, 06:34:54 PM »
Joe,

Your post makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

No, wait, I am warm and fuzzy anyway.  Oh well, you know what I mean. ;D

In Love and Happiness.
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and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

Offline RAB

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2006, 06:38:58 PM »
Joe

Nothing to add beyond what has been said---except one gigantic, huge, enormous, and  reallllllyyyyyy BIG   ;D !

Good for you!

RAB




Offline Trish

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2006, 06:49:14 PM »
WOW!!!

Fantastic Joe... I'm so very happy for you.  That's right buddy, another decade is certainly on the horizon for you, and many more of us.

Let's keep up the GOOD FIGHT!!!

HUGS & LOVE ALWAYS,

Trish :-* :)
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Offline BooBoo

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2006, 07:46:44 PM »
Congrats on the fantastic numbers, Joe!!!!  Hopefull you'll have many more milestones like this in the future.

I'll see my Doctor on Wednesday and with any luck I'll reach my personal best too.

Hugs,

Jim

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2006, 07:49:16 PM »
Hey Joe, sending some big woofy cubbyhugs your way.  Those numbers are really inspiring, and something newbies like me need to see, especially when we were diagnosed with double or single digit cd4 counts.  To see you go all the way back up there gives me hope mine will get there too in years to come.

Love ya.
Matt
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Diagnosed 17/9/2005 CD4 35 VL 293,000
Meds 23/9/2005 Sustiva/Truvada
Currently CD4 232 VL Undetectable

Offline Quarter Horse

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2006, 07:51:13 PM »
Great results Joe!!

Brian ;D
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Offline Bartro

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2006, 07:52:57 PM »
Thanks Joe.  Your testimony gives me hope for many happy and healthy tomorrows.
Rusty

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2006, 08:34:37 PM »
Joe,

Thats great news !! You obviously must be doing something right...Thanks for sharing.


Ray
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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 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

 Current % is at 13% / Previous 8/25/14 11%

  
 63 years young.

Offline Ric Wilke

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2006, 08:39:12 PM »
Joe, You're on a major roll.  Keep it going my friend.  Soar with the eagles and thanks for sharing your fantastic news.  You got a major hug coming soon.  Love you man, Ric 

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2006, 08:50:32 PM »
Joe, that is one helluva great report! Congratulations and keep on rockin'!!!

Big cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline Robert

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2006, 09:16:53 PM »

  THREE CHEERS FOR JOE!!

HIP HIP HOORAY!!

HIP HIP HOORAY!!

HIP HIP HOORAY!!

..........

Offline fearless

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2006, 11:37:31 PM »
Yeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaah.

Fantastic news Joe.
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline Terry

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2006, 12:18:56 AM »
Joe, that is wonderful news. I hope you have many more days like this.

Terry

Offline joemutt

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2006, 12:24:29 AM »
Cheers Joe , Congrats and here's to your 3rd decade   :-* and 4th and 5th...

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #32 on: June 06, 2006, 12:39:24 AM »
Awesome numbers! Congratulations!  :)

Offline Joe K

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #33 on: June 06, 2006, 12:56:11 AM »
Wow, lots of good cheer and all of this is brought to you by Truvada and Viramune.  I take exactly three pills a day to control my HIV, when my personal best was 64 pills per day in 96.  I can't believe that I once had exactly four CD4s that were named: Gizmo and Gadget and Harold and Maude (a haunting movie about funerals) and that 11 years later I could have the best labs ever, in my 22 years of being poz.

I suppose it's good that memory fades, because the cost to be here has been very dear.  Virtually everyone I had ever known from a decade of my life, just gone.  I often wonder if I was at my best then, because you had to reach beyond yourself, to address the carnage and to salvage what little hope there was.  Yet I fear that we have made little progress where it matters most, the acceptance of our existence and responses to our demands for fair and humane treatment.  To undercut ADAP programs, by mere millions, that could do so much, yet we can squander one half of one trillion dollars, that's 500 billion dollars on defense each year.

But all of this is fodder for another day ...

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #34 on: June 06, 2006, 01:29:39 AM »
Awesome awesome new Joe!  So happy for you, and you better be around for another decade...I wanna meet you at an AM gathering when I can afford to go lol.
Poz since 2003.

Offline kcmetroman

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #35 on: June 06, 2006, 01:39:18 AM »
Jesus I hate being the 35th post....

at the risk of sounding redundant....


YAY Joe!!!

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2006, 02:01:42 AM »
You're the man Joe!  Great news!
44 year old gay man .......just broke up with the only man I've ever really loved.

You can love completely without complete understanding.

Offline jack

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2006, 04:59:16 AM »
Wow, no PI's. Havent you taken these drugs before? I think I took viramune whenit first came out and of course am resistant now. I am also taking truvada, even though both viread and emtriva,on their own, have made me very sick in the past. Maybe time to buy more of this gilead stock? they seem to be on to something.
Its fun to have good numbers after so many years of them going in the other direction. Really great news.

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2006, 05:24:37 AM »
Damn I love good news. Congrats Joe...

Offline Jena

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #39 on: June 06, 2006, 07:49:02 AM »
Awesome news Joe! You give hope to all the rest of us.
Congratulations!
Jena

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #40 on: June 06, 2006, 08:04:41 AM »
That is so uplifting Joe. Just fantasic news, Im so happy for you. Lots of celebration...

Keep taking care,

mark
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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #41 on: June 06, 2006, 08:21:42 AM »
FANTABULOUS
A good friend of mine reminds me occasionally that I also named my T-cells my first go around on disability about 12 years ago. Keep it up buddy!

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #42 on: June 06, 2006, 12:46:24 PM »
"CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON!!"

Excellent news! Congratulations!
"Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful nor conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, adaptation in A Walk To Remember

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #43 on: June 06, 2006, 06:07:59 PM »
Joe,

Sorry i'm a bit late to arrive to this thread but thats absolutely brilliant news CD4 700+ and undetectable VL your definately doing something right!

Chris
Diagnosed 11/05

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Offline Optimistic

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #44 on: June 07, 2006, 04:44:54 PM »
that is awesome news.....I hope your counts will continue to be like this.  Keep up whatever you are doing, it seems to be working.

Justin
12/06 (Atripla): cd4 - 260; cd% - 33%; vl - 169
1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
9/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 356; cd% - 39.5%; vl - <50
12/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 517

Offline OzPaul

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Re: Lab Results: A Personal Milestone
« Reply #45 on: June 07, 2006, 05:08:16 PM »
Congratualtions Joe !!!

What wonderful news. I too like you have been with HIV for a very long time. You're a fighter with a heart of gold.

Cheers
Paul

 


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