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Author Topic: 1 Year on.. and Hello!  (Read 1602 times)

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Offline challenger89

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1 Year on.. and Hello!
« on: August 18, 2013, 04:07:11 AM »
Hi boys and girls!

Nothing too ground-breaking here, just the inaugural hello and thank you. I tested positive on July 25, 2012 after getting the dreadful call from my ex of 4 years. I would go into more detail, but as i have learnt this past year, the past is the past and this is now who i am.

I started treatment (Isentress/Kivexa) in April 2013 after a "last hurrah" trip to the states with my best friend - CD4 ~330 and VL 19,000. After the first month i went to CD4 ~390 and VL 20. Last month (would be just after my 6 months of meds), my CD4 is up around ~490 and VL undetectable.  Gold star right ?!?!!

As kindly directed by Doc, only the closest people in my life now know the real "me". But, i have to say, diagnosis has been the worst and best time of my life. Breaking my mothers heart in telling her was the lowest point, but then telling her my latest results also the best time. My health is good, my friends are amazing and life is going good... (without sounding like a confident pr*ck).

Fresh air, good friends, a sh*t load of laughs, smiles and a good job have kept me sane.  And of course you. Thank you for all your posts (even the sometimes stomach curling ones) .

So. Hi!  See you around :)

x

Offline Bowie-esq

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2013, 04:22:06 AM »
Hi Challenger89,

Welcome and congratulations on you undetectable status. Telling family is the harest part, and something I've not managed to do. Sounds like you've made great progress in a year.

X
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

Offline EUINAU

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2013, 04:35:48 PM »
Congrats on your undetectable load and happy outlook on life.  :)

Offline mitch777

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2013, 05:00:41 PM »
Welcome Challenger!

Yes, you get a gold star!


Sounds like you are doing well all around and have a great support system. :)
Keep it up and you will get enough gold stars to cover the whole page.

The stomach curling posts come with the territory. Take a TUMS when it gets too much. ;)

m.
32 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline challenger89

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 03:51:36 AM »
Hi all,
thanks so much for your welcome  :)

mitch777 - a TUMS before or after i find the bucket..?  ha. All fun though  ;D

Offline Fisher

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2013, 08:48:32 PM »
Excellent news!
- fisher
09/22 CD 385 %22 VL UD
07/14 CD 391 %20 VL UD
04/14 CD 486 %23 VL <20
11/13 CD 351 %21  VL <20
10/13 CD 390 %16  VL <20
06/13 CD 315 %19  VL  22
02/13 CD 396 %14  VL <20
12/12 CD 392 %13  VL 320
11/12 CD 428 %13  VL 1200
*Started Meds: Atripla
10/12 CD 427 %11  VL 139000 -- 09/12 CD 408 %13 VL 92928
09/11 CD 745 %27 VL CLOT -- 10/10 CD 863 %29 VL 2782
10/09 CD 597 %30 VL 2537 -- 05/08 CD 809 %28 VL 1504
04/07 CD 797 %25 VL 3558 -- 11/06 CD 720 %28 VL 1214
06/05 CD 731 %25 VL 1575 -- 12/04 CD 1176 %30 VL 1329
01/04 CD 959 %26 VL 1011 -- 11/03 CD 1000 %28 VL 1581
12/02 CD 748 %28 -- 10/01 CD 860 %25
08/00 CD 1022 %28 -- 04/99 CD 854 %27
11/98 CD 899 %28 -- 02/97 CD 1400 %37
11/96 CD 1325  VL <500 -- 09/96 Western Blot
05/83 04/98 - Monogamous Partner Being Negative
ARS - LA '82

Offline harleymc

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2013, 09:21:31 AM »
Nice results.

How about slinging a couple of hundred of those cd4s my way.

Oh by the way it's perfectly fine to be enjoying life. A confident prick... hmmmm I like the sound of that!

Offline challenger89

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2013, 05:02:28 AM »
Thanks fisher!

Harleymc - ok, you're on ;). Post, fax or email...??

Hope you're well  :)

Offline spacebarsux

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2013, 05:06:20 AM »
Congrats Challenger on getting through with a great attitude what must have been the most challenging year of your life.  :)
Infected-  2005 or early 2006; Diagnosed- Jan 28th, 2011; Feb '11- CD4 754 @34%, VL- 39K; July '11- CD4 907@26%,  VL-81K; Feb '12- CD4 713 @31%, VL- 41K, Nov '12- CD4- 827@31%

Offline NY2011

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2013, 09:12:14 PM »
Excellent. I like reading people's annual check-ins, especially when they are encouraging and optimistic.   I'm coming up on my second year of living with this diagnosis, and I look forward to writing about my experiences within the past year. I wish to check-in for many years to come, as well as hoping to read many of yours for years and decades to come.
10/26/2011 - SEROCONVERSION (hi fever+rash)
10/31/2011 - CD4= 154  VL>500,000 
10/31/2011 - started on Truvada+Prezista+Norvir
12/14/2011 - CD4= 750 VL=6412 (45%)
01/27/2012 - switched to Atripla
04/23/2012 - CD4=1,221 VL= 140  (47%)
06/22/2012 - CD4=1,224 VL= ud    (49%)
12/18/2012 - CD4=1,031 VL= ud    (51%)
09/16/2013 - CD4=1,151 VL= ud   ( 49%)
03/26/2014 - CD4=1,050 VL= ud
11/25/2014 - CD4=1,335 VL= ud

Offline WillyWump

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Re: 1 Year on.. and Hello!
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2013, 09:33:07 PM »
HELLO!
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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