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Author Topic: Newly Diagnosed & First labs  (Read 1877 times)

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Offline Trev03

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Newly Diagnosed & First labs
« on: December 11, 2015, 10:28:25 PM »
Diagnosed 11/4 and had blood draws on 11/11. Got the results of those today & my CD4 is 629 @ 39% & VL 1223. From what my Dr said & what I've read these are really good numbers. He was surprised that a newly infected person (I believe I had seroconversion symptoms in Sept). But he still wanted to start me on a regimen & I agreed. No real questions for the board, yet. Just thoughts oh how/why my numbers are what they are & being newly infected?  A friend of mine feels that I've been infected longer than I believe. Could be possible, but my symptoms in sept were classic hiv seroconversion symptoms.

Offline Mightysure

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Re: Newly Diagnosed & First labs
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2015, 12:11:01 PM »
Sorry to hear about your diagnosis but you seem to be in good spirits; that goes a long way.  Your numbers are excellent.  It's entirely possible to be newly infected and have numbers like that.  Your CD4 percentage is amazing.  Your friend sounds like one of mine. Mine were 1060 CD4 and VL 630 and I was a newbie. I had no symptons so I had to go on testing history and exposure events. Your friend is likely going on statistics, but in most sets of stats, there are outliers.  It's entirely possible that you're one of them.  When was your last negative test?
Start treatment right away and you'll stop or prevent any new viral resevoirs from forming. 

Offline Trev03

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Re: Newly Diagnosed & First labs
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2015, 03:58:17 PM »
Thanks for replying!  Your first labs were better than mine!  I'll be starting tivicay & truvada next week. So hopefully I can be undetectable in a short time. I'm glad my dr was willing to go ahead & start treatment with my lab levels. I'd rather get in control of this sooner rather than later. I just hope side effects are minimal.

Offline GoForIt

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Re: Newly Diagnosed & First labs
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2015, 04:16:43 PM »
What Mightysure said I echo.

Low VL and great CD4 on your labs.

I'm on T&T bout 2-3 yrs and 0 side effects works for me.


08/09/2013   Diagnosed WB positive
08/20/2013   CD4-506(28%)  VL-10,800
09/12/2013   CD4-391(28%)  VL-14,900
09/17/2013   Start ART (Truvada + Tivicay)
10/11/2013   CD4-377(26%)  VL-UD
12/20/2013   CD4-590(??%)  VL-UD
03/18/2014   CD4-660(29%)  VL-UD
07/22/2014   CD4-613(29%)  VL-UD
08/01/2014    Start Phase 3 TAF (Truvada 2.0) Clinical Trial (TAF + Tivicay)
10/09/2014   CD4-498(29.5%) VL-UD
11/06/2014   CD4-600(30.2%) VL-UD
01/30/2015   CD4-529(31.3%) VL-UD
07/25/2015   CD4-742(36.5%) VL-UD
10/06/2015   CD4-765(28.9%) VL-UD
01/05/2016   CD4-907(33.1%) VL-UD
03/24/2016   CD4-770(33.5%) VL-UD

Dr. Mark Wainberg on Dolutegravir:
Video 1: https://youtu.be/wCXOgLJqJAY
Video 2: https://youtu.be/DKiaD7fHO-s
Antiretroviral Therapy in 2015: http://tinyurl.com/zet8ux2

Offline Mightysure

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Re: Newly Diagnosed & First labs
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2015, 04:54:00 PM »
I hear that's a great combo!  Side effects should be minimal.  Maybe a little nausea, but it should pass in a week if you experience it at all.  I was UD within a month and I have a similar regimen. My integrase inhibitor is different and requires a meal and a booster. 
I forgot to mention that I had tested negative a month before I tested poz. I couldn't have been infected anymore than 2 months.  The reason I tested back to back is because I had switched doctor's and he recommended I get tested. I'm thankful I agreed, but I figured it couldn't hurt anything...turns out it probably saved my life.

Just to give you an idea about my progress. I've been on treatment over a year.  My numbers have been stable around 1k CD4 and UD.  I've tested negative on 2 HIV diagnostic tests since then and I think it's because I started treatment early.  I know someone is going to ask why I tested when I knew I was infected already.

One was done by accident. My doctor ordered an HIV DNA test by mistake. He uses it for diagnostic purposes, but it didnt detect any viral DNA.  The other I took because I was joining a research study and had to test poz in order to join. Suffice it to say I wasn't able to and the managers of the study think that I was lying or misdiagnosed. LOL.  Oh well.  Not saying that that will happen to you, but I definitely think it's because I began treatment early and I was put on an integrase inhibitor.  You'll do just fine.

Offline Tonny2

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Re: Newly Diagnosed & First labs
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2015, 08:53:45 PM »
Thanks for replying!  Your first labs were better than mine!  I'll be starting tivicay & truvada next week. So hopefully I can be undetectable in a short time. I'm glad my dr was willing to go ahead & start treatment with my lab levels. I'd rather get in control of this sooner rather than later. I just hope side effects are minimal.

        ojo        Hello trevo3...welcome...your numbers are great, it seems, because of your VL, you have a new infection, so, with this good combo you are about to start, defeenetly, you will be UD, maybe, on your next blood work results and your soldiers, will rebounce, I could use some of your soldiers, would you share some of your soldiers?...again, welcome, best of luck, keep a good attitute to what we can not change, we just have to adjust to our new normal, which is not that bad nowadays, it could have been worse...proud of you for getting tested for hiv, now you know you have the bug, now you treat it...hugs            ojo

 


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