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Every body responds differently.

While i hit that Vl sub 20 Mark fast,  it took years AND years before my CD4 count reached 100.
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This is the most important thing from a forum , just to understand what’s happening with others and experience which are very useful person like me whos new to this… even when i discuss with my dr , at least i have an idea that there are other option…

Yeah, as long as you take what people have experienced with a healthy dose of salt.

Look millions of people take over the counter ibuprofen every day, works fine. I also know people who are allergic and had bad reactions. Their good or bad experience does not mean much to me.

The point being and I know my explanation is short but if you are shopping for bad or good experiences you will find them for everything.

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DTG/3TC will be same TDf will be change and if it is not too risky for resistance thing, or that much harmful to switch after six month, i would suggest my dr and see

DTG & 3TC is a possible combination. Not sure if that's an available option in South Africa though? Maybe someone will chime in on that. That said if everything might remain fine on your next lab results.

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I would say wait and see what your next lab results are like. I've had better and worse ones than yours over time.  If the next results are lower again then I might consider switching to something that does not have TDF if I was in your shoes.

I would not be looking at switching if I was you so soon, but at the end of the day you need to manage your own care and what works for you.


Thank you for your answer.

True … anyway when i meet dr next time it will be 6 months and hopefully it will be UD status. This is the most important thing from a forum , just to understand what’s happening with others and experience which are very useful person like me whos new to this… even when i discuss with my dr , at least i have an idea that there are other option…

DTG/3TC will be same TDf will be change and if it is not too risky for resistance thing, or that much harmful to switch after six month, i would suggest my dr and see… like you said , if it is again bad in my report, should be changed rather being sorry later ..

Thank you for your answer with your experience… :)
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Hiya,

Can tell that you are worried about this.

Few things to keep in mind is the value is within the normal range, it's only a single snapshot moment and you only just started treatment.

I would say wait and see what your next lab results are like. I've had better and worse ones than yours over time.  If the next results are lower again then I might consider switching to something that does not have TDF if I was in your shoes.

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If it was tiredness, insomnia or nausea etc still we can manage

I have had fatigue lasting 18 months that would make you wish you would no longer want to wake up anymore and insomnia that makes would make you want to cry and beg for sleep. I would not dismiss the impact these things can have on a person as "manageable" issues unless the person themselves experience it as manageable and I would have gladly accepted a snapshot lower but within the normal range result over these issues.

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I have heard about ABC/3TC/DTG combination called “Trelavue”, At least i can do a gene test for Abacavir… emailed to my dr but not yet reply about switching medicine…”

So the HLA-B*5701 testing is for ABC hypersensitivity. The combination mentioned is the combination I have been taking for the last few years. It's great for me but it does not suit everyone, like any combo I suppose it would not suit everyone.

The brand version of this combination is called Triumeq https://www.poz.com/drug/triumeq

I would not be looking at switching if I was you so soon, but at the end of the day you need to manage your own care and what works for you.

Best, Jim.




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Im on Acriptega DTG/3TC/TDF for 3-4 months now and my eGFR decreased. Before started my treatment it was 120ml/min and just after 3 months its lower to 87ml/min. As per dr it is still in good level ( above 60 ) . But it just the beginning and that much negative effect on kidney within 3 months would be a huge issue after several years… Anyone has experienced dramatic kidney issues similar to this within short time period? And those low filtering rate due to on going damage? 

Please …Anyone here from south africa ? Kindly let me know .. i buy my medicine in South africa and looking for alternative more kidney friendly Combination. I have heard about ABC/3TC/DTG combination called “Trelavue”, At least i can do a gene test for Abacavir… emailed to my dr but not yet reply about switching medicine…

If it was tiredness, insomnia or nausea etc still we can manage but something directly harm to organs while there are alternatives, im ok to switch medicine under dr supervision.


Please reply here or PM me with your experience if you ever faced similar  and switch medicine successfully..your experience could save me before its too late for me..at least i can do something now.

Thank you
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Living With HIV / Re: PrEP and Pregnant
« Last post by Jim Allen on Today at 02:30:51 pm »
Hiya,

Firstly congrats and wishing you both the best. Keep us posted on when the little one arrives  :)

About PrEP and Folic Acid, I don't see any reason for concern. You could check drugs. com for interactions but the best would be to consult a qualified pharmacist.

The only other comment I have is I really don't understand why the PrEP to start with? I really don't get that.

Jim
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Living With HIV / Re: PrEP and Pregnant
« Last post by Bunny on Today at 12:24:58 pm »
Any inputs please
Thanks in advance
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Thanks Jim for the reply.
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Hiya,

I already answered it's not an HIV concern, you are asking me the same questions after playing at home with a banana. This thread has had all the top myths in it so far, Subtypes with new or unknown transmission modes, fingering and PEP, the banana test, water testing and the old condom mirco holes.

Poking holes in a condom and sticking it on a banana is not the same mechanics, stress and the situation your concerned about. You are not going to find out something new at home after 40 years of this pandemic.

All I can recommend is that you eat the banana, use condoms for intercourse and test out of routine yearly. Stop playing arround and move on with your life.

Jim

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I am a bit OCD type, so please bear with me. I tried to replicate the act with a condom on a banana and found that it is easy to poke holes on the condom with teeth if care is not taken to avoid teeth... and the condom doesnt shred into pieces (as you have mentioned in many posts in this forum) and it is as if there is no damage ... only when I fill water, the small holes made with the teeth are found (pardon me for filling water again to test, I am worried and anxious) ...

so if we assume that the sex worker is not so professional and the condom got few minute holes on it from her teeth..., and after her blow job, with the same condom on (say with a few minute unnoticeable holes) I had vaginal sex ... would it be a concern?

Thank You.
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