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Author Topic: I'm undetectable! Yay.  (Read 907 times)

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Offline auspoz

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I'm undetectable! Yay.
« on: December 04, 2015, 08:25:22 AM »
Hi Everyone.

So, today I had a visit with my doctor. And I'd had my bloods done 3 weeks after starting Truvada/Dolutegravir.

She said "here, look at this."  Yup, on the screen, <40. UD.

After 7 years since diagnosis, I am undetectable. I cried.

I really feel empowered now, and grateful cause of the history of people that got me here.

Celebrating. Cheers.

auspoz. :)

Offline Jeff G

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2015, 08:27:22 AM »
Congrats ! It is enormous peace of mind knowing you are on a working combo that's kicking HIV's nasty butt.
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Offline Wade

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2015, 08:39:04 AM »
That's Great News
CONGRAULATIONS !!
I remember the when I was told I was UD,
what an awesome feeling.....Wade
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Offline leatherman

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2015, 08:50:55 AM »
WooHoo! Great News!


(I recently started Prezcobix/Isentress and I'm hoping I'll have that same UD reading just before Christmas.)

leatherman (aka mIkIE)

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and the party is on fire around you and me
We're gonna burn this disco down before the morning comes
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Offline auspoz

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2015, 09:04:23 AM »
Thank you all.

And I hope the best to you, Leatherman. Fingers crossed!

auspoz.

Offline PittGurl

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2015, 11:31:38 AM »
auspoz - BIG congrat's!!!!   Have a GREAT day!!!
Infected between 5/16/15 - 7/19/15
8-2-15    CD4=286; VL=43800; 15% WB Positive Test Confirmed (waiting for genotype to start Triumeq)
9-3-15    Got meds! Was supposed to start Triumeq ....got scared :(
9-4-15    Started Triumeq thanks to the people on this board encouraging me :)
9-21-15    CD4=570; VL 26; 30% 16 days on Triumeq…. HOLY COW it's working!
10-27-15   CD4=522; VL=UNDETECTABLE!!!; 29%    7 wks, 4 days on Triumeq
12-29-15   Started 50 mgs Zoloft for anxiety & panic attacks
1-17-16    Decreased Zoloft to 25 mgs - had insomnia, tremor, skin burning sensations
1-28-16    CD4=479; VL=UD; 31% almost 5 months on Triumeq
4-27-16    CD4=580; VL=UD; 32% almost 8 months on Triumeq

Offline tednlou2

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2015, 12:56:51 AM »
Congrats! 

What is the recommendation for labs, following starting meds.  I've heard others say 4 weeks, to make sure the viral load is going down and the meds are working.  My doc said 8 weeks. 

Offline AusShep

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2015, 11:00:34 AM »
Congrats! 

What is the recommendation for labs, following starting meds.  I've heard others say 4 weeks, to make sure the viral load is going down and the meds are working.  My doc said 8 weeks.

It varies by what I've seen.  6 weeks, then 3, 6, 9, 12 months is pretty common here; with an extra at 2-3 weeks if you're just out of the hospital or they're watching other labs.  My doc scheduled another blood draw, (no office visit) 4-6 weeks after I switched meds.

Offline Bowie-esq

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2015, 03:59:32 PM »
Great news - congratulations :-)
Infected: +\-01/2010

Tested positive 08/2010
28/07/11 CD4 420 9% v.l. 20500
16/10/11 CD4 320 10% v.l. 185000
10/11/11 begin Truvada/Viramune
29/12/11 CD4 410 13% v.l. 115
14/4/12 v.l. undetectable
05/7/12 CD4 520 19% v.l. UD
21/08/13 CD4 470 20% v.l. UD
19/12/13 CD4 430 23% v.l. UD
8/12/14 CD4 600 21% v.l. UD
4/2/15 CD4 600 v.l. UD. Cholesterol 6.2 ....

Offline Mightysure

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2015, 11:45:13 PM »
Congrats.  It's awesome what these new meds are doing.  It amazes me how brilliant the scientists are in studying this nasty bug and then coming up with great ways of beating it.
Have you been struggling with getting UD?

Offline Mightysure

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2015, 11:48:02 PM »
Congrats! 

What is the recommendation for labs, following starting meds.  I've heard others say 4 weeks, to make sure the viral load is going down and the meds are working.  My doc said 8 weeks.
It depends on the doc.  But I'd say 4 weeks if all is going well. 

Offline OneTampa

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2015, 11:49:00 PM »

"He is my oldest child. The shy and retiring one over there with the Haitian headdress serving pescaíto frito."

Offline pozessed

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Re: I'm undetectable! Yay.
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2015, 12:40:17 PM »
Congratulations !!!
This is wonderful news. I can understand the feeling that you might be having !  :)
30/5/15 Diagnosed
4/6/15 CD4 365 VL 157954
15/6/15 Started Trustiva (Atripla)

 


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