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Offline RICKY77531

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« on: June 11, 2007, 06:28:21 PM »
 Hello Everyone..... I have been a positive 28 year old for a month now...recently got tested because I came down with a bout of the shingles. My first cd 4 were 266 and viral load 62...fully recovered from the shingles and feel great...my partner of 7 yrs has been there for me..he is negative...thank god! The first month was depressing but have excepted it and forums like this really help for info and support...Went to the doc today and another round of test ...hopefully no other dieases and my counts hopefully are better...maybe treatment if it is off. I  asked the doctor if he was doing a restance test and genotype test and he said it wasn't neccesary since he thinks I have been infected for quite some time...He is a very well respected doctor that has worked with hiv/aids since the 80"s so I am certain he must know what he is doing...anyways just wanted to introduce myself..thanks everyone for all the info!!!....... 8) 
06/2007   CD4 266  Vl 62000
06/2007   CD4 200  Vl 13495
07/2007   ATRIPLA
09/2007   CD4 323  VL Undetectable
11/2007   CD4 428  VL Undetectable
01/2008   CD4 357  VL Undetectable
04/2008   CD4 357  VL UNDETECTABLE
08/2008   CD4 402  VL UNDETECTABLE
11/2008   CD4 421  79 DETECTABLE..
2/2009     CD4 450  VL UNDETECTABLE

Offline JPinLA

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2007, 06:42:34 PM »
Hi there and welcome!

I'm sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis.  I am fairly recently diagnosed (7 months) and my partner of 9 years tested neg last time (let's hope the next one is too). 

It sounds like you have a lot going for you, good dr,good partner and a good attitude.  It does get easier with time and for me I have tried to remain calm and do the one day at a time thing.

Good luck to you and welcome!

11/06 - Diagnosed - VL/5784 & CD4 326
2/07 - VL/6000 & CD4 290 2/07
3//07 -Began Truvada/Viramune 
4/07 VL/undetectable and CD4 320 22%
7/07 VL/undetectable and CD4 286 22%
11/07 VL/undetectable and CD4 302 26%

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2007, 08:36:40 PM »
Hi Ricky,

welcome to the forums :) Keep us informed about your new numbers!

mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline pozattitude

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2007, 10:36:25 PM »
Hi Ricky,

I always feel weird saying "welcome to the forum", but what else? ???
You sound like you are in a good place right now, I'm glad to hear that.
Have you taken any shots for Hep A and B, pneumonia? How about HPV test?  I'm quite sure your doctor is taking care of everything, I'm just making sure that you test for HPV and get a pap ( I never heard of it until I changed doctors and I wish I had known before).
Stay healthy, keep up the good attitude

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2007, 11:24:09 PM »
Hi Ricky, glad you found us (i guess sounds better than welcome to the forums... i also find it strange to say so).

I am a three months diagnosed and well, i can tell you this is the right place to be. People are funny, crazy, creative and most important... human. You will find lot of info and lot of things that will make you think and analyse your life... but the most important, you will find a real perspective of what to live with Hiv is. Coming from a region in the world where info is not updated and stigma is huge, to be here have been a big difference for my life.

Three months here and quite optimistic, there are many years to come and i know everything will be ok.

Hugs and feel like home :) (and don't get scared for the questions about scat and pee at off topic forum LOL)


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13/03/07 1er diagnóstico /Peso: 79kg
19/04/07 CD4: 494 /CViral: ?? /Peso: 80kg
19/07/07 CD4: 659 /CViral: ?? /Peso: 79.5kg
06/03/08 CD4: 573 (después de meses muy deprimido) /CViral: ?? /Peso: 79kg
17/09/08 CD4: ?? /CViral: ?? /Peso: 84Kg
06/02/09 CD4: ?? /CViral: ?? /Peso: 85Kg /HCV: Neg /HBV: Neg.
07/03/09 CD4: ?? /CViral: ?? /Peso: 87Kg / Gym 3días/semana y Natación 2días/semana.
12/05/09 CD4: 470 /Cviral: ?? /Peso: 87Kg.
08/07/09 CD4: ? /CViral: ? /Peso: 77Kg.
09/12/09 CD4: 510 /CViral: ? /Peso: 78kg. No medicinas aún
10/01/10 CD4: ? /CViral: ? /Peso: 76Kg.
15/05/10 CD4: 320 /CViral: ? /Peso: 76Kg.
01/02/11 CD4: 291 /CViral: ? /Peso: 78kg.
05/05/11 CD4: 366 /CViral: ? /Peso: 78kg.
27/07/11 CD4: 255 /CViral: 138000 /Peso: 78kg.

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Offline Ann

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2007, 06:40:12 AM »
Hi Ricky,

Chances are that your CD4 will indeed be higher once you've recovered from shingles. I had shingles in March, 2004. My CD4s in January of that year were 518, 28%, in March (at the tail end of the shingles) they were 218, 23%, in June they were 460, 27%, in August they were 568, 26% and by November they were 645, 28%. I wasn't on meds at the time and I'm still not on meds either - positive for ten years, going strong with no meds. (last labs - CD4 441, 26%, VL 7,610)

I'm not too sure if your doctor is correct about not needing resistance testing - check out this thread:

Get a genotype (resistance) test when you first test positive.

This is something you may want to research further. It could be that he isn't doing it because of your low viral load... if that viral load wasn't a typo.

If you haven't already, you might want to read through the Welcome Thread where you'll find links to other sections of this website, like the highly informative Lessons.

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Offline englishgirl

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007, 02:22:30 PM »
welcome to our club. sorry youve had to seek us out but im glad you found us and hope we can help you.

also please let your partner know about the 'someone i care about...' section if he has any questions.

wishing you all the best


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Offline RICKY77531

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2007, 08:26:05 PM »
Thanks everyone for all the support and information....I hope to be a good friend of this community!!! thanks again!!! ;)
06/2007   CD4 266  Vl 62000
06/2007   CD4 200  Vl 13495
07/2007   ATRIPLA
09/2007   CD4 323  VL Undetectable
11/2007   CD4 428  VL Undetectable
01/2008   CD4 357  VL Undetectable
04/2008   CD4 357  VL UNDETECTABLE
08/2008   CD4 402  VL UNDETECTABLE
11/2008   CD4 421  79 DETECTABLE..
2/2009     CD4 450  VL UNDETECTABLE


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