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Norvir + Reyataz + Kivexa

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hiv_positive_BG:
THANKS a lot to both of you two!! To be honest, I think, that if I really get into deep, I'm really gonna lose my sleep... ;) Hope that's what doctors are for, to "know instead of you" :(. For now I don't really want to learn details about the virus...

 I just want to say Ann that yours is the greatest forum, I'll take participation in it actively, and start building a signature with my monthly CD4 / VL status here. It's a really nice idea, which members of the forum have taken up. Cheers!

Ann:
You're welcome BG.

I would advise you to become more knowledgeable about hiv and the treatment you are on. While your hiv doctor should know a lot about hiv, you need to know about it too so you can be your own advocate. Doctors who aren't hiv specialists often don't know very much about hiv so you need to be able to deal with that when you see a non-specialist.

Knowledge is power. You don't have to learn everything all at once, but you DO need to learn about this virus if you're going to be healthy and thrive despite hiv.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!

Ignorance is NOT bliss. Not where hiv is concerned.

hiv_positive_BG:
Thanks, Ann, you seem quite wise... I learn the things I need to know, by far. I mean, info about cures, most common facts about the HIV infection, as well as for my meds.

I only wonder - will the effect of "slow recovery" remain throughout the rest of my life? What I mean: I feel that wounds recover slower than before. I had a herpes simplex on my finger, and the place at which it appeared, seems to recover much slower than before... I also find it much harder to fight against dandruff.

Would that change, when my CD4 cells become 500 - 600, or only people with more than 1000 cells could deal with any kind of side effects and diseases as fast and successfully as I used to? As far as I can see from your signatures, most of the patients live with 500 to 700 cells... While the standard number with healthy people  is 1200.

I also wonder one more thing - how dangerous it REALLY is to make bareback sex with other HIV positives? Doctors told me, that there are different varieties of HIV (I found that they are 8 ), so I could end up with more than one variety in my blood.

But does that mean, that my therapy can't fight more than one variety (I guess "strain" is the correct term)?

Can I find out which strain/variety of the HIV I am ill of, as well as which other strains of the HIV infection Norvir, Reyataz and Kivexa can fight against? Because I really love to do it bareback, and some people say, that if I take my therapy strictly and regularly, the chance to become resistant to that particular therapy is quite small - no matter if I do it bareback or not.

ad2san:
Morning BG Poz  :D

A lot of questions in one post  8)


--- Quote from: hiv_positive_BG on January 11, 2013, 07:24:28 PM ---I only wonder - will the effect of "slow recovery" remain throughout the rest of my life? What I mean: I feel that wounds recover slower than before. I had a herpes simplex on my finger, and the place at which it appeared, seems to recover much slower than before... I also find it much harder to fight against dandruff.
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LOL. Well I don't think that HIV goes into the hair  ::) You are somehow nervous that's understandable. Take it easy and don't "over observe" yourself



--- Quote --- Would that change, when my CD4 cells become 500 - 600, or only people with more than 1000 cells could deal with any kind of side effects and diseases as fast and successfully as I used to? As far as I can see from your signatures, most of the patients live with 500 to 700 cells... While the standard number with healthy people  is 1200.
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I don't know if a healthy people has 1200 CD4 .... it probably varies from one person to an other. The more CD4 that less chances to get any of HIV related diseases ... I am not talking of flu but very serious condition that mostly leads to death. Some specialist can answer this point better but remember that the goal is to get your VL as low as possible i.e. undetectable (<50 or less depending of the device used to measure it).



--- Quote --- I also wonder one more thing - how dangerous it REALLY is to make bareback sex with other HIV positives? Doctors told me, that there are different varieties of HIV (I found that they are 8 ), so I could end up with more than one variety in my blood.
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Well I don't know. One risk that you have by barebacking it transmitting a virus to someone else, less likely if you have a controlled VL but until the contrary is proven not excluded. Getting a new strain when having a controlled VL ? I sincerely don't know. In the doubt, the best and easiest solution is to use condom.


--- Quote ---But does that mean, that my therapy can't fight more than one variety (I guess "strain" is the correct term)?
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A virus can get resistant to a CLASS of medication if the medication is not taken correctly, it mutates. Anyone getting that resistant virus is not going to be able to fight it back with this class of medication (or these classes of) ... bad news !!!
If you want infos about resistance (or evaluate the complexity of the topic) have a look here http://hivdb.stanford.edu/index.html


--- Quote ---Can I find out which strain/variety of the HIV I am ill of, as well as which other strains of the HIV infection Norvir, Reyataz and Kivexa can fight against? Because I really love to do it bareback, and some people say, that if I take my therapy strictly and regularly, the chance to become resistant to that particular therapy is quite small - no matter if I do it bareback or not.

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I understand you like to bareback but sincerely I don't think it is worth the trouble. Believe me, you can get a lot of ugly diseases because of a weak immune system. Don't forget that there is unfortunately no cure for AIDS .... ART is just a way to block its progression .... that a chance that I personally don't want to mess up with.

hiv_positive_BG:
Thank you a lot for your answers, ad2san !!! I've anticipated them a lot.

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