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Offline tomnsf

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First two weeks
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:39:43 PM »
I just tested positive on May 13 and have been trying to deal with it in my mind for two weeks. I am 55 and with my partner for 20 years and he is supportive and has tested negative. I have met with my doctor twice and luckily she has a lot of HIV experience. I have also met with an HIV therapy nurse specialist and have a nutritionist appointment for next week. Other than getting used to this new paradigm I feel my care so far is good.

My question for here though is about medications. My doctor is waiting for genotyping results to come back before I start medications. My viral load is 254,000 and CD4 at 285. She told me her first choice would be Complera but from what I read that requires you to have a VL less than 100,000. I am scheduled to start treatment June 19th right now. I also have read about Stribld which does not seem to have a VL requirement.

Does anybody know what a better starting medication choice is? I understand that she knows what she's doing but I am very new to this so any thoughts are helpful. I also understand that my treatment is personal. But I would be helpful to hear of other experiences. Thanks.


Online zach

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Re: First two weeks
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 02:29:57 PM »
hey tom, sorry about your dx. you seem to be coping pretty well, so you're ahead of the game there.

i'm not gonna offer any insight on med choice, i've been on two regimens, both did their job. good luck with that, its not as scary as it feels right now. definately get that genotype back, hopefully and very probable you're not resistant to anything and have options

welcome to the club. you're in good company

Offline tomnsf

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Re: First two weeks
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2014, 08:23:41 PM »
Hey thanks for the reply. I am a bit anxious but I guess I am doing ok but its a big adjustment. Tom

Offline Poppy33

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Re: First two weeks
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2014, 03:19:36 PM »
What meds did the wind up giving u?

Offline tomnsf

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Re: First two weeks
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2014, 04:09:20 PM »
Truvada and Tivicay.

My genotyping came back as wild type and no resistance. All my other markers were optimal. My viral load was 256,000 from the original work and after 30 days on the Truvada and Tivicay it was 77. My CD4 went from 285 at start of meds to 587 in 30 days.

Offline Tonny2

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Re: First two weeks
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2014, 05:18:02 PM »
Truvada and Tivicay.

My genotyping came back as wild type and no resistance. All my other markers were optimal. My viral load was 256,000 from the original work and after 30 days on the Truvada and Tivicay it was 77. My CD4 went from 285 at start of meds to 587 in 30 days.

Hi Tom
I guess this is a good beginning for you, those number are geat, I wish I got them, congratulation and good luck    ojo

Online zach

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Re: First two weeks
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2014, 08:55:49 PM »
Truvada and Tivicay.

My genotyping came back as wild type and no resistance. All my other markers were optimal. My viral load was 256,000 from the original work and after 30 days on the Truvada and Tivicay it was 77. My CD4 went from 285 at start of meds to 587 in 30 days.

thats all great... so how are you doin? feeling good? coping ok? numbers reassuring?

Offline tomnsf

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Re: First two weeks
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2014, 04:48:36 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I feel good actually, great, completely normal. I was expecting a bunch of side effects but I have had none. My Doctor has not had many on Tivicay yet so she has been very interested about how well its working and so far has been thrilled with my numbers.

 


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