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bear60:
Hi
Just for sake of comparison, I WAS treatment naive ( diagnosed HIV+ in 1989) when I started COMPLERA in April.  My first blod draw will be in July,so we'll compare rise in CD4. Mine was 350 when I started COMPLERA.
My Doc said "I'll bet you'll be over 500 by July." hmmmmmmm?

Calison:

--- Quote from: bear60 on June 05, 2013, 01:48:14 PM ---Hi
Just for sake of comparison, I WAS treatment naive ( diagnosed HIV+ in 1989) when I started COMPLERA in April.  My first blod draw will be in July,so we'll compare rise in CD4. Mine was 350 when I started COMPLERA.
My Doc said "I'll bet you'll be over 500 by July." hmmmmmmm?

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Best
 Best wishes Bear! My latest lab report(yesterday) CD4 up 30 points from 3 months ago when I was quite ill with respritory illness. I wish You all the Best with Complera. I am doing good with it.

Calison:
 
--- Quote from: Calison on June 05, 2013, 03:12:17 PM ---Best
 Best wishes Bear! My latest lab report(yesterday) CD4 up 30 points from 3 months ago when I was quite ill with respiratory illness. I wish You all the Best with Complera. I am doing good with it.

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UPDATE and general greetings to all,
At least 30 years Poz here.
 Latest Lab report received 04 June 2013 =  CD4 165 and HIV-1 RNA not detected.
Using Complera as only HIV drug treatment and  20MG Lisinopril  for HBP.  I consume various supplements and  vitamins and a very varied decent diet including many vegan choices.
Most everything else is manageable without Using other pharmaceuticals by my choice.
I used to consume a long list of prescribed drugs, including my own grown organic medical marijuana, for over 23 years that I no longer wish to consume as multi side effects had a cumulative effect that I no longer desire from each and every one of these prescribed drugs. I no longer can stomach them.
Every single doctor I have seen  since 1989 has suggested the use of cannabis and now there are studies that show it is effective agent as antiviral! But it too had side effects for me.
  I cope with this smaller drug regime fairly well and swim,walk ,and manage daily basic care for myself on my own . It is better this way, for now, with out all the other pharmaceuticals and using diet and supplements instead of Pharmacy.This is my  personal choice and I do not suggest this for anyone else.
 What the future holds is unknown, however today I am happy and my accelerated learning continues.
 I have a small 10 pound dog who is 11 years old and has been my responsibility and Joy since he was 8 weeks old. We both mourn the loss of his Female Mate who passed so quickly in my arms on 30 September 2012 at 3:30 PM of heart failure. She had been my Joy and responsibility since she was also 8 weeks old, but I met her soon after she was born and saw her often and established a immense bond before I took her to my home from her mother and litter mates. She is the most amazing dog I have ever Known and I mourn her loss from our lives often. I have enjoyed so many animals my entire life having a small farm as a boy. I love truly love all beasts... being in the presence of some wild or domestic animal is my heaven for lack of a better term.
 I have lost many friends, not all from HIV as I have an affinity for people much older than myself for all my life. So Human loss is a familiar game since my first memories.The spirit of these companions envelope my awareness almost every day and those are very good days.
My Mother might be in the beginning stages of Dementia and lives just down the street from me in her own home. I am learning much about this dementia and have great hopes that she will remain safe with the help of my siblings and extended family. I have a sense of great changes coming our way.
 Life is good for now and I have always seemed to thrive on changes in life." As one door closes another shall open" has certainly made sense for me... However the fatigue I feel of late has me less enthusiastic about change, but I know I shall make it through ,any change, if I am able to take my own time in doing so. Patience is a lesson I am still learning but have come through that certain window of it by now. Best Wishes to all out there making life for whatever purpose you find. Hope to learn about you all as your posts are published. Best wishes to all, Calison.

deibster:
Hi Calison,
My friend had a steady, low CD4 count for several years. He recently switched to Complera and his CD4 count almost doubled while his viral load remained undetectable. There's one thing to be careful about. Tenofavir, in Complera, causes permanent kidney damage in 5% of the people who take it. Your serum creatinine level, an indication of kidney function, should be checked Every time you have lab work done. Best wishes. Hugs from Provincetown, Deibster

moxieinme:
Hi -- Late on this thread but very interesting. I too was diagnosed in 1989 with CD4s at 330 and on AZT soon after. Very treatment experienced, and wasn't able to maintain an undetectable VL until the latest regimen that I started 4-5 years ago. I've had peaks and valleys (75)  in my CD4s, with the peaks usually happening early on in a new therapy. Rarely spiking over 500 or 600, usually in the 300s where I am now -- back to where I started. So is it worth my while to still strive to increase and maintain a higher CD4?

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