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Author Topic: Summary of my first year hiv pos  (Read 5948 times)

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Offline tommy246

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Summary of my first year hiv pos
« on: November 04, 2009, 07:13:02 AM »
I want to write this in the hope it will help many people newly diagnosed as they will be in total panic as i was initially thinking it will never get better but it does as many wise experienced posters on here will tell you thank you to you all.First thing to say is that with modern meds hiv is now a chronic illness and with meds you will live practically as long as a non hiv person and the gap is narrowing constantly with new better meds.I am a married man aged 49 with 9 year old daughter. I strayed sexually and ended up here thankfully my wife is neg as we have no sex life and she accepted my situation.I found out i was pos on the 3 dec 2008 ,the same day i lost my best friend in a car accident(that made me think god i have hiv but at least im still here) ,this covered my depression about the hiv news as i didnt tell my wife untlil april 09 as she was seriously ill,so i kept it to myself which was hard but i found this website which was my life saviour with great support and information,as i am not the type to join a support group.It takes some reading and theres alot to take in but its good to be informed.To this day i have only told my brother and i dont think i will be telling anybody else and im fine with that,i am toying about telling my business partner so he doest expect to much of me as i dont want to work under to much pressure.
EARLY MONTHS :My first few months i thought about hiv everyday i coudnt get it out my head i would have many highs and lows but as i found out more info on here and read threads ,asked questions i started to feel better about life and the long term future i was infected sometime after jan 06 and my numb
ers were ok cd4 505,16%,vl 2.500.
3 TO 9 MONTHS: Again good days a bad days but more good than bad as i thought less and less about the hiv ,appreciated the little things in life again ,living positively eating well drinking loads less,and stopping completely my weekend coke habit. Only downside was i had pnuemonia in august and spent 18 days in hospital although it wasnt an oportunistic infection i suffer from bronquitus and one led to the other.
LAST 2 MONTHS;Feeling good gained my wieght back i lost in hospital and although aware i have hiv i pass whole days sometimes without thinking about it.Read up alot on meds preparing to start them which i have started this week
and i was happy to do so i could of waited a bit longer as my numbers were border line  cd4 591, %15(low),vl 59.000,but why wait the older you are i learnt its harder for the cd count to recover to high levels ,and with modern meds being alot better and constantly improving i feel positive,about the future

From my reading my conclusions on the health front are that many people with hiv can have calcium, vit D (thins your bones) and selenium (helps fight hiv)deficiencies and to a lesser degree testorone deficiencies(affects energy levels),so i have had these tests done today ,and now feel i am in control of my situation.
One final bit of advice is dont panic into telling everyone you know you have hiv as you might regret it at a later date i nearly did that with one person and now we are not friends, tell those closest and dearest to you who can give you the best support.
Anyway thats my take on things i hope it can be of some help or comfort to someone,i am only pos myself for 11 months and am by no means an expert ,so good luck ,stay strong,think positive and once again thanks to all yoou regular posters your help support and knowledge is priceless.

jan 06 neg
dec 08 pos cd4 505 ,16%, 1,500vl
april 09 cd4 635 ,16%,60,000
july 09 ,cd4 545,17%,80,000
aug 09,hosptal 18days pneumonia cd190,225,000,15%
1 week later cd4 415 20%
nov 09 cd4 591 ,vl 59,000,14%,started atripla
dec 09  cd4 787, vl 266, 16%
march 2010  cd4 720 vl non detectable -20  20%
june 2010  cd4  680, 21%, ND

Offline HOPPE

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Re: Summary of my first year hiv pos
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 02:13:01 PM »

I really enjoyed reading your comment. I was diagnosed in July and it was very difficult for me.

I have to congratulate you for having left the habits of coke at the weekend and I'm glad you accepted your situation.

one thing that happened to me was to see who I trust and who not ... many friends I discovered do not trust after the diagnosis hiv... ironically I told all to my bosses because I wanted to leave the job due to stress caused by dignose and they answered me that today could have a normal life .. I should not leave the job. faithfully believe that today things are very different from the 80's and 90's. my doctor said the similarity of HIV today with diabetes, as beig two controllable cronical diseases. this comparison made me feel hope!

We must continue to think positive not allowing us fear! life is wonderful and HIV showed me how life can give us great happiness with little things ...

take care of you  ;)
08/2009 - CD4. 12  VL. 73000
Started Truvada + kaletra

09/ 2009 - CD4. 32 VL. <20
12/ 2009  - CD4. 78 VL.<20
02/ 2010  - CD4. 125 VL. <20
05/ 2010 -  CD4. 208 VL. <20

08/2010 - New tests


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