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Author Topic: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare  (Read 566 times)

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Offline LostChild89

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CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:05:30 PM »
So as I stated, I'm leaving the country on the 27th. I went in to have my blood work checked again, and my CD4 went from 1066 to 875. I'm not supper worried, but I am scared to start meds a day or two before I leave the country for 3 months. What if I have a negative reaction to the medicine? Or how can/will I monitor if it works?

Any suggestions? If the doctor says "start" should I wait until I get back in the states?
Exposure June 2012
1st Poz Test 2/3/14
Diagnosed 2/12/14

3/15/14 CD4 1066 VL 765
6/20/14 CD4 852  VL 15552

Offline Jmarksto

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2014, 12:34:00 AM »
Lostchild;

Your CD4 change is within norm - you can see from my numbers below that I had a larger fluctuation than yours.  There are a number of factors that can influence your CD4 numbers including the time of day they were taken, whether you had a recent cold, etc.

With regard to taking your meds a few days prior to your trip - keep in mind that the majority of people do not have side effects.  That said, it wouldn't hurt to talk to your doctor ahead of time and ask them what to do if you do get side effects.  In terms of knowing if they are working -- they will work, and even if you were here you wouldn't be tested for another three months. 

I wish you the best on your trip!
JM
03/15/12 Negative
06/15/12 Positive
07/11/12 CD4 790          VL 4,000
08/06/12 CD4 816/38%   VL 49,300
08/20/12 Started Complera
11/06/12 CD4   819/41% VL 38
02/11/13 CD4   935/41% VL UD
06/06/13 CD4   816/41% VL UD
10/28/13 CD4 1131/45%  VL 25
02/25/14 CD4   792/37%  VL UD
07/09/14 CD4 1004/39%   VL UD

Offline LostChild89

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2014, 02:02:19 PM »
You know, that helped a lot! THANKS! I just can't wait to be close to or completely UD!
Exposure June 2012
1st Poz Test 2/3/14
Diagnosed 2/12/14

3/15/14 CD4 1066 VL 765
6/20/14 CD4 852  VL 15552

Offline mecch

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014, 04:33:45 PM »
Leaving for exactly how long?
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline eric48

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2014, 05:00:46 PM »
 VL 700 ... Without any meds ?

Life is unfair ...

Good for you

That is very rare indeed

Mobile.eric
NVP/ABC/3TC/... UD; CD4 > 1000; CD4/CD8 ~ 2.0   safety stock : 2 months

Offline Jmarksto

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2014, 05:08:50 PM »
Leaving for exactly how long?

... before I leave the country for 3 months...
03/15/12 Negative
06/15/12 Positive
07/11/12 CD4 790          VL 4,000
08/06/12 CD4 816/38%   VL 49,300
08/20/12 Started Complera
11/06/12 CD4   819/41% VL 38
02/11/13 CD4   935/41% VL UD
06/06/13 CD4   816/41% VL UD
10/28/13 CD4 1131/45%  VL 25
02/25/14 CD4   792/37%  VL UD
07/09/14 CD4 1004/39%   VL UD

Offline mecch

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2014, 06:15:51 PM »
Ah ok
Well 3 months is nothing with your numbers.
You don't "need" treatment. And no I wouldn't start treatment (unless an emergency) before a time away from home and my routine.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline drewm

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2014, 07:16:36 PM »
I will echo what others have said. A 191 drop is nothing to worry about. CD counts can vary greatly, even between a morning and afternoon blood draw. No worries.
Diagnosed in  May of 2010 with teh AIDS.

PCP Pneumonia . CD4 8 . VL 500,000

ATRIPLA - VALTREX -  FLUOXETINE - FENOFIBRATE


Numbers consistent since 12/2010 - VL has remained undetectable and CD4 is anywhere from 275-325

Offline LostChild89

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2014, 02:01:32 AM »
So what about VL's? I went from 786 to 15556. Anything to worry about? I think if stress can contribute, thats probably what its about. LOL
Exposure June 2012
1st Poz Test 2/3/14
Diagnosed 2/12/14

3/15/14 CD4 1066 VL 765
6/20/14 CD4 852  VL 15552

Offline drewm

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Re: CD4 Dropped a week before I leave the Country... Med Scare
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2014, 11:42:44 AM »
So what about VL's? I went from 786 to 15556. Anything to worry about? I think if stress can contribute, thats probably what its about. LOL

Your viral load might change from one test to the next, sometimes a lot. These are natural fluctuations. Your doctor will likely tell you to expect them and to try not to worry too much when they happen. More important are consistent trends, either increases or decreases, in your viral load over several tests.

Battling AIDS/HIV is a long war. There will be blips. If a repeat test shows the same or higher result, then it is real. You need to make sure that there aren't other factors involved (ie, lab error and not your sample, adherence problems, other ongoing infections or medical problems).

Your doc will monitor this and you will know more as treatment progresses. In a nutshell, try not to freak and remember trends are more important than instances of ups/downs.
Diagnosed in  May of 2010 with teh AIDS.

PCP Pneumonia . CD4 8 . VL 500,000

ATRIPLA - VALTREX -  FLUOXETINE - FENOFIBRATE


Numbers consistent since 12/2010 - VL has remained undetectable and CD4 is anywhere from 275-325

 


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