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Author Topic: First two weeks  (Read 883 times)

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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.

Offline 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


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