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Hmm, I was afraid of that. Well, I'll try my luck. I start treatment next week
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Hey. There was a post last night about a person who was taking his vitamins with Genvoya. Seems the magnesium and Calcium made the VL Go up and CD4 go down. He said to have a 4 hour wndow between Genvoya and any other pills even vitamins. Also do not take pills like tums but can't remember why. Someone help me out here...  also st Johns wort can do bad for results.
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Thanks alot for this post! I am actually planning to visit China for a month or two for the first time since my diagnosis. I had my 10 tourist year visa approved prior to my diagnosis. Reading this is really relieving because I was worried that they'd ask questions about my pills at the Chinese border. Did you have problems re-entering Mainland China (not HK) with your meds?
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Hello everyone,

It's been about five months since my diagnosis, and I've been feeling very well and healthy. For the few who have read my "first diagnosed" post back then, you may know that I was lucky to have been put on Genvoya quickly after diagnosis and I reached undetectable after two months. However, in my recent viral load tests, it appears that my viral load went back up to 100, and as of now it is back down to 50. My HIV doctor is recommending that I add another pill to my Genvoya regiment, which is Darunavir (Prezista).

I personally feel that if my viral load plateaus at 50 cell/mL, I don't think that I would need to add another medication, despite not being undetectable. I'd rather avoid the possible side effects and hassle of carrying another drug bottle around, especially since my viral load seems to be staying low. I think my doctor may be slightly "jumping the gun" with adding another medication so quickly, but she may be suggesting so because she's concerned of a mutation? So here I am just asking for your opinions; do you think I should just remain on the one pill a day regimen, or should I take my doctor's advice and add Prezista?

Any and all comments will really help, thanks a lot!!
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Living With HIV / Re: Discarding pill bottles
« Last post by den2542 on Today at 09:53:38 PM »
So everything I go to the ID doc, he asks me if I ever shared meds. I suppose giving ur leftovers to another  friend in need is being a friend indeed, but is it illegal?  I mean I find it hard to believe that they'd want us to return them to the pharmacy so they could overcharge another patient in need. Disclaimer. I've never shared meds.
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: cuando un amigo se va
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 09:37:56 PM »


         ojo       Hola amigo Francocdmx, si, era muy joven, le encantaba ir a la Habana cada ano, de hecho, el cree que ahi se infecto...hizo muchas amistades alla, hasta ayudo a una familia cubana llehar a los Estados Unidos, se los llevo a su casa en Monterrey, despues los llevo a la frontera, ahi se entregaron a migracion americana y se hicieron ciufadanos americanos...era un buen ser humano...saven?, yo tengo casi 23 anos viviendo con vkh/sida, y no conozco a  nadie en persona que sea positivo, burno, solo uno que conoci aqui en el foro, como a TONNY, tambien de Monterrey, lo conoci en persona en uno de mis viajes a Mecivo...y solo conozco a dos amigos quw han muerto por causa del bicho, YONNY y mi mejor amigo en Mexico, que tambien vivia aca en los Estados Unidos por un buen rato, uno piensa porque sigur uno aqui, y mis amigos ya se fueron, TONNY tiene cuatro anos que murio y mi mejor amigo murio en agosto de el ano pasado, los dos murieron de cancer...lo impotante es hacerse la prueba de el vih para esos que estan teniendo sexo, todo mundo en general, monogamos o no monogamos, straight or gay, esto puede salvarles la vida...ok, gracias amigo, aqui seguimos, por el y por la familia y por uno mismo, porque la vida sigur y vale la pena vivirla con o sin vih...abrazos y gracias por responder           ojo
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Living With HIV / Re: Routine ID HIV Visit Question
« Last post by den2542 on Today at 09:10:43 PM »
Thank you Jim. You are just awesome. Thanks. I'm gonna check it out.
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Living With HIV / Re: Routine ID HIV Visit Question
« Last post by den2542 on Today at 09:08:18 PM »
Thank you Jim. You are just awesome. Thanks. I'm gonna check it out.
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Jim et al thank you for posting this. I did take the survey at helpyourselfhelpothers.org I answered as truthfully as I knew I felt at the time. It said I didn't meet the definition of depression but hell I feel bad. And please don't tell me to talk to someone. I'd prolly lose my clearance and I don't feel like telling someone my sob story bc we all have them but at thxgiving and Xmas I always get very very depressed. Nov was when I found out I was poz.  I go from "extreme sadness" to somewhat "ok I got this" to "why me" to "I hate myself for what I did" to "I knew better and still I did it" to "no one will forgive me not even God" to "see everyone hates me, my mom, my ex" to "no one wants an HIV victim to love" to  "why are they changing my meds, bet they are lying to me, I'm failing my regimen and they aren't telling me bc they don't want me to know the truth" so y'all it goes like this... a complete spiral downward of thoughts that have no basis in fact.  It never stops. So it's easier telling a stranger how you feel instead of someone face to face because I find it hard to trust someone. This all stems from childhood abuse so bad it was of the nature of the book called "A Child Called It." So there are things that others post that help me to see how they coped. Like how they felt or thought. Like for example someone said to another poster, "you will love who you will love" when someone asked the same question I asked tonight "who wants me" and with that I am trying to take small steps to love me bc it starts with me, but it's not easy being me. I appreciate everyone who shares about their struggle with depression bc the little things you say might be the big thing in my life that day that helps. Please don't think I'm weird for posting how depressed I get. Like my HIV counselor always told me, it's ok to feel sad... just don't stay there too long... there's a huge time between now and new years eve... I got to get thru the holidays in one piece.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Muy asustado!
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 08:35:57 PM »
Con tu resultado negativo a 6 semanas es casi seguro sera conclusivamente negativo a 12 semanas. 
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