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Have you been tested for Hep. C Virus yet?

Have you had the Hep. C virus test yet?
1 (8.3%)
Did You Test Positive?
0 (0%)
Did You Test Negative?
11 (91.7%)
If you tested Poz will you start treatment?
0 (0%)
Id you tested poz will you have a liver biopsy for stagiing?
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If recommended will you go on combination therapy?
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Total Members Voted: 12

Voting closed: December 13, 2007, 03:13:14 PM

Author Topic: Dual Diagnosis.  (Read 1185 times)

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Offline RonG20YRSpoz

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Dual Diagnosis.
« on: November 13, 2007, 03:13:14 PM »
I started this poll before but didn't get a good response.  Thanks to those of you that did.  I have had hiv for 20 years and Hep C Virus for 11 years.  I have been on combo treatment for 4 years and each time get a remission from the HCV, viral neg., but within 6 months it comes back.  The good next is I had a liver biopsy 10 years ago and was Stage One and after 10 years I had another liver biopsy and still am at stage 1, mild fibroses. The docs said if I did nothing for that 10 years I would probably have Cirrhosis of the liver or Cancer of the liver by now.  The treatment is rough but the med. team is very supportive and got me through with everything, meds for pain, nausea, headaches, body aches, etc.  Also you adjust after the first 2 months on and it is 12 months of treatment so I got by.  I also go depressed but the more I went outside and did things and went with friends, they had to drag me along, lol, I felt better.  I was about to go back on low dose long term therapy but my viral load is so low now my doctor says to wait.  My advise, get treatment.  Slow this silent killer down.  People are dying from liver disease and not HIV now and if you are coninfected try to treat it.  You can do it if I can is my motto.  I wanted to give up but my friends and family pushed me forward.  I am grateful to them and to forums like this where I  gain a lot of support.  So thanks to all, and love one another, share the good times and the bad and try to get through each day.  My love to a great group of people......Ron

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« Last Edit: November 13, 2007, 03:15:17 PM by RonG20YRSpoz »
20 years with HIV, 10 years with HCV and still rocking.  Do yourselves a favor, do a lot of research on reputable sites, find a multidisciplinary care team, think POZ., no more fun drugs booze, eat well, enjoy good safe sex a lot, and network in forums like this where there some people with knowledge.  Otherwise get a health care advocate through your local A.S.O.   Smile and be adventurous.  Help your peers and my best to you all!


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