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Author Topic: Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir: four month (almost) report  (Read 1449 times)

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Offline BlueMoon

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Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir: four month (almost) report
« on: June 18, 2008, 07:10:40 PM »
I began my first HAART regimen in February, and it's been quite tolerable so far.  The only noticeable side effect was some temporary skin yellowing from the Reyataz.  For the first few weeks I seemed to have more energy than usual while also sleeping more, but that also has returned to normal.  There has been no nausea or diarrhea, or unusual sensations. 

So far so good, but numbers are important too.  Last week I had blood drawn and today Nurse Mark called with the results.  Although I didn't hit the home run I was hoping for, I can't complain about my progress.

11/07-- 229,000.....209.....22
12/07-- 273,000.....157.....22
3/08-- ......5210.....187.....21
6/08-- ........202.....217.....27

CD4 is still a little shakey and I'm disappointed to not get to undetectable, but I'm close.  Maybe next time.  Meanwhile I'll just keep popping my pills and trying to maintain healthy habits. 

There have been a few bumps in the road.  I've had several niggling skin problems since December, which have all finally cleared up recently.  And there was an outbreak of shingles last month.  Those are reminders that I can't take my health for granted anymore.  Overall though I'm satisfied with how things have turned out since those first dark weeks after my diagnosis.  Thank you to everyone here who has shared their stories and helped me to realize that I can still live a "normal" (haha!) life despite HIV.  We've got a lot of livin' to do.     
08/10-- ......<40.....290.....42
05/10-- ......<48.....290.....46
02/10-- ......<48.....481.....44
10/09-- ......<48.....277.....46
07/09-- ......<48.....300.....38
05/09-- ........51.....449.....39
03/09-- Added Isentress
02/09-- ........65.....299.....34
11/08-- ........62.....242.....40
08/08-- ........66.....212.....29
05/08-- ......202.....217.....27
03/08-- ....5210.....187.....21
02/08-- Began Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
12/07-- 273,000.....157.....22
11/07-- 229,000.....209.....22
10/07-- Diagnosis

It's a complex world.

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir: four month (almost) report
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2008, 10:56:31 PM »
Looks like it is working for you. Congrats!

Offline Robert

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Re: Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir: four month (almost) report
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2008, 12:52:05 AM »
hey bluemoon.

Those are good numbers.  YOur CD percent is really up there.  Nothing to complain about.  And when you're talking about a VL of 500,00+ or 1,000,000, then 202 is certainly nothing more than a drop in the bucket.

It's great combo you're on.  I've been on it for 4 years and really have no complaints.  All the usual suspects are there, of course, like fatigue, depression, ennui, a skin rash every now and then but I'm more inclined to chalk that up to the meds in general and not  our particular combo.

I think this is one of the finest combos around.


Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir: four month (almost) report
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2008, 08:38:10 AM »
Bluemoon -- you're doin' great.  You had a nice pop in your CD4%.  The fact that the absolute hasn't risen much could be explained by the bout of shingles you had.  Regardless, it's often the case that they rise very slowly over time.  They don't move as quickly as VL does.

Great news on the lack of side effects!


Offline woodshere

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Re: Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir: four month (almost) report
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008, 09:30:28 AM »
After testing positive I immediately started the same combo and have had very similar results to yours Bluemoon and even felt the same way.  My VL went to undetectable very quickly however for 18 months the cd4 rose ever so slowly and  I became very discouraged.  My dr said give it time it will rise, but remember it is your VL we want to keep undetectable.  And he was right.  BOOM, it jumped over 200 points and topped 500 with a % in the mid to upper 20's. 

Try not to get to discouraged and keep popping those pills. 

"Let us give pubicity to HV/AIDS and not hide it..." "One of the things destroying people with AIDS is the stigma we attach to it."   Nelson Mandela


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