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Author Topic: Undetectable After One Month  (Read 1833 times)

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Offline EngryBird

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Undetectable After One Month
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:56:37 AM »
I am a treatment naive individual that starter meds at the beginning of February.  I chose Truvada/Isentress combo.  My viral load before starting the treatment amounted to over 100,000. 
After one month on the treatment, my viral load dropped to 25!  I did not expect that -- such a huge drop after one month. 
According to the new measuring standards, I am still not undetectable (my viral load is not below 20 copies) but I am thrilled with the results.
I would recommend this combo to anyone that is debating about starting the treatment and did not make a decision about his or her combo.  I have not had any side effects -- not even a single episode of a side effects.
Also, I did not strictly adhere to the timing of taking the meds.  There were days that I forgot to take Isentress in the morning so I took the morning pill with my lunch insted of taking it with my morning coffee.
For me the bottom line is that if something is supposed to work for you it will -- it's just about finding the right thing...

Offline elf

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Re: Undetectable After One Month
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 03:34:17 PM »
I got from 300 000 VL to undetectable in 6 weeks, 3 years ago, taking very old drugs (Kaletra& Combivir). I was taking 800 micrograms of selenium a day too.  ;D

I started taking meds 7 months after I got infected.

I guess in recently infected people, UD is achievable in 4-8 weeks, even with extremely high VL.

As for being undetectable,
1. clinically speaking, if your VL is < 50, your have UD VL (clinically and epidemiologically)
2. speaking in laboratory terms, no HIV+ person can be UD, because with the new tests, even the smallest parts of HIV (that is its NA) can be detected, so you can get numbers like 21 or 19 or 9 or 1 (the amount of HIV in your blood is never zero, because the inactive/dead viral parts are released from old cells and from reservoirs; scientists believe the HIV replication is minimal once your VL<50).

So, 25 or 20 or 15 or 9,,,it does not really matter.
I haven't been UD for a year now, I always get a number, my highest VL was 21, my lowest was 6.

;) Just take your pills and stay healthy.

I like my current combo: Sustiva + Epzicom, it's just two pills before going to sleep (at 01:00 a.m.) I wouldn't like to go back to the twice-a-day combo.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2012, 03:48:51 PM by elf »
Getting used to my breakfasts with a pill of Complera.


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