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Offline tablefor1

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Starting ART tonight!
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:51:28 PM »
I couldn't decide whether this belonged in this forum, or the one for treatment, but this forum seemed more appropriate since I don't have a question about treatment.

I got my first 30-day supply of Atripla today, so I'll be starting tonight.  I'm actually pretty excited, since I'm looking forward to all the nasty little AIDS symptoms to start going away over the next several weeks. 

Everyone please wish me luck.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2014, 07:52:54 PM »
Im wishing you the very best of luck ... Onward ! .
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Offline Ptrk3

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 08:35:21 PM »
Good luck to you.  I have had no problem with Atripla since I started taking it one year ago next week.  Once I started, my VL went from 111,000 to 440 in about a month, then down to UD shortly thereafter (where it has stayed).  My CD4, per usual with these things, is on a slower slog upward, but on the upswing.

Offline geobee

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 08:47:12 PM »
That's great, tablefor1.  It feels wonderful to start taking control / getting on top of HIV. 

Offline NewAdventure1

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2014, 10:02:43 PM »
Good luck! I just started my medicine about 11 days ago. So far no issues. Best wishes!
02/2013 Tested Negative
Exposure between 02/2013-10/2013
06/03/2014 Tested Positive
06/06/2014  VL 787 CD4 881 38%
07/08/2014 VL 1756 CD4 813 38%
07/27/2014 Started Complera
09/08/2014 Undetectable VL!
11/2014- Undetectable VL
2/2015-:Undetectable CD4 771 39%
7/2/2015: VL UD

Offline zach

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2014, 01:27:38 AM »
outstanding! are you seeing little green men yet? may want to check the windows  ;)

Offline tablefor1

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014, 08:06:54 AM »
I was a little worried about side-effects, having read the Atripla/Sustiva thread in the meds forum, but in my case, these worries were unfounded (or everybody else is just a weenie).

CNS Effects: these were mild, and actually quite pleasant.  I felt a bit warm and fuzzy, and a bit dizzy when standing up.  It was certainly not as disorienting as a few shots of liquor.

Dreams:  I naturally have very vivid dreams anyway, so I was hoping this would make them more vivid.  No such luck.  I just had a nice road-trip to some wedding with my grandpa.  It was like a buddy picture.

Other:  I feel very slightly hung-over this morning.  This has been the only unpleasant effect.  Most mornings for the past couple months, I wake up feeling as though I'd been on a cross-country run during the night, and then been expertly beaten up by secret police.  I think this is either from the HIV or the antibiotics I'm on.  This morning, I feel all of that in addition to feeling slightly woozy.

All in all, the side effects seem manageable and not unpleasant.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2014, 08:14:32 AM by tablefor1 »

Offline MadisonTeddy

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014, 08:50:17 AM »
Congrats!!  You can see my posts of my first few days on it if you want...But the take away is all of the side effects will be gone in a week or so and you will start feeling so much better as your body recovers its CD4's !! 7 months in and feel great!!

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2014, 11:07:23 PM »
Good luck!

Offline tryingtostay

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2014, 12:19:57 AM »
Man that's awesome!

Good luck :)

Offline Cojo

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2014, 02:36:02 PM »
Great news and best of luck. These meds truly are miracle workers thanks to all those who went before us.
May 2011 - Tested Positive
June 2011 - CD4 330   16%   VL182,000 no resistance
Oct 6, 2011 - CD4 300  20%  VL 60,000
Oct 7, 2011 - start Truvada / Isentress
Nov 29, 2011 CD4 280 26% VL 54
Feb 7 2012 CD4 260 25% UD!
Mar 20 2012 CD4 400 28%
June 2012 CD4 330 26% UD
Sept 2012 CD4 450 32% UD
Dec 2012 CD4 310 28% UD
May 2013 CD4 500 32% UD
Oct 2013 CD4 460 33% UD
May 2014 CD4 360 33% UD
Aug 2014 swap out Isentress for Tivicay
Oct 2014 CD4 320 33% UD
Feb 2015 CD4 420 30% UD
Jul 2015 CD4 480 32% VL51 !!
Sep 2015 UD
Feb 2016 CD4 460 35% UD

Offline Denvaux

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Re: Starting ART tonight!
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2014, 04:22:51 PM »
Good luck .. nice to see someone enjoying the Atripla experience.

I must be one of those weenies  :-\


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