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Author Topic: 21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!  (Read 4330 times)

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Offline iPOZ

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21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!
« on: March 08, 2009, 02:16:06 PM »
Well, I made it another year. I have now been HIV positive for 21 years. I either have really good genes or I'm just the luckiest bastard on earth! My first partner of 8 years passed away on April 19, 1995 from AIDS and I figured I wouldn't be far behind him. Now I have been with my 2nd partner for nearly 9 years (he is negative, thanks goodness) and it looks like I'm still going strong. My CD4 counts are low (142) but my viral load is undetectable. I'm only on Atripla right now. I really like Atripla since I only have to take 1 pill, 1 time a day. It's excellent! No side affects at all! I have a great job and I'm in school working on my MBA. One of these days I'll be really smart.  ;D Perhaps I will get lucky and live to see the day when they figure out how to cure AIDS, but I'm not holding my breath. I just hope I can make it another 21 years without getting sick. I have found that eating right, exercising 4 times a week, and not drinking alcohol at all, and a constant positive attitude seem to be helping me stay in pretty good shape. At the ripe age of 44 I think I feel better than I ever have. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm bragging because I really do feel so fortunate that I made it this far, and I know that at any moment I could get sick and it will all be over. I'm just happy that I can sit here and write this and I hope the best for all of you who read this. Take care.


Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: 21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 02:22:18 PM »
Congrats, iPoz.  We must be soul sisters because I'm in my 21st year too, and we're both the exact same age :)

Here's to 21 more years for you.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline mjmel

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Re: 21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009, 02:44:47 PM »
Congrats in reaching the hallmark and revelling it and welcome to the forum.

I sometimes consider the way things have worked out too.....that I've also continued to endure and enjoy life well beyond expectations. Tested hiv+ in '89.


Offline jayjax

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Re: 21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 05:21:31 PM »
Congrats and thanks  for sharing this IPoz.  It's very encouraging to read stories, comments and suggestions from all the LTS.
08 Oct 08:  Diagnosed
18 Oct 08:  1st Lab Work: CD4 - 268, VL 7,000
18 Nov 08:  Started Atripla
28 Jan 09:   CD4 - 195, VL 70
05 May 09:  CD4 - 201, VL = Undetectable
16 Aug 09: CD4 - 235, VL = Undetectable
30 Nov 09 CD4 - 300, VL = Undetectable
30 Mar 10 CD4 - 305, VL = Undetectable
27 Jul 10 CD4 -  301, VL = 100
13 Aug 10 -- Switched to Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
30 Sep 10 --  CD4 598, VL = Undetectable

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: 21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 06:33:25 PM »
I have found that eating right, exercising 4 times a week, and not drinking alcohol at all, and a constant positive attitude seem to be helping me stay in pretty good shape..


Hello Jim,

I couldn't agree with you more.  Welcome !!  This October will mark my 24th year, There are good days and bad days, but overall things are going pretty well, and I am always looking toward the future !!

Take care----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline lforsyth

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Re: 21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2009, 09:13:54 AM »
Glad you are doing well.

Anonymous testing wasn't available in Long Beach until 1986 when I found out. Every guy I had relationships with from 1980 forward were all positive also. I've survived all of my family that thought they would be taking care of me.
Tested POZ in 1986, knew there was something wrong in 1985. 04/2010 CD4: 975 Viral Load undetectable. Prezista, Norvir, Truvada, Acyclovir, Plavix, Lisinopril, Metoprolol and a bedtime snack of Lipitor (YUM)

Offline PRMike

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Re: 21 Years Positive and Somehow Still Alive!
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2009, 11:27:10 AM »
Hi iPOZ, welcome and I too have wondered how I have survived for these past 29 years, to be honest I should be dead because i had been using Drugs for a very long time and I even tried to take my life but I guess GOD has a purpose for me to live, Or at least that's what I've been told,, my health is great my T-cells are in the 521 to upper 400's and I have been Undectable ever since I quit using Drugs and I only got sick once and that was because I went back to using Drugs which made my t-cells drop to 6 and Viral load 400,000 +
so it's not bragging but we hace to be grateful that we're still here..
I have seen many come and Go..
so please hang in there We can Make it...
ok bye for now always your friend PRMike


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