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Offline absopozilutely

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« on: March 18, 2014, 01:40:24 AM »
It's such a challenge reading some of this information, I'm a newbie, and reading some of these posts is so scary. Knowing that there's such a high chance of a heart attack, or people not getting their pills, or thrush, or all the other things it's a constant worry of when will it happen to me? WILL it happen to me. I'm a happy guy, I accept my diagnoses, I take my meds for 2 weeks now, I'm just so scared, I've been doing fine until now when I'm suddenly scared again, when my anxiety is back. Be honest guys. Thanks. I'll also text if anyone wants to chat!
12/18 Infected
2/4 12:22pm tested POZ via ORAquick
2/19 WB Confirmation
2/4-2/19 VL 104,678 CD4 407
3/2 Genotype back, and Started Complera
4/2-CD4 688 38% and VL 1,600
5/1-CD4 592 42% and VL 336
5/22-CD4 732 31% and VL 109 :( STILL NOT UD!
5/31 Switched to Stribild :( I'll miss you Complera!
6/19 CD4 508 35% and VL UD!!!!! Crying at work like a baby.
9/19 CD4 799 46% VL UD yayyyy

Offline Cpt.Mauzer

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Re: Challenges
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2014, 02:39:06 AM »
First off, you are on meds, and assuming your doctor is at least half way competent at his/her job, you were tested for drug resistance.  In which case as long as you take the meds they /should/ work (you'll get more lab word drawn at 1 month in to make sure).  Unless you are already at a very low viral load count (like below 250) you cannot and will not ever develop thrush (barring you quitting your meds). 

As far as the heart attack thing, honestly I don't even know how scientists are getting these voodoo statistics.  The medications haven't been around long enough to document actual long term side effects (not to mention, most of our long-term survivors have been on AZT and god knows what else in the early 90s that could easily skew results). 

Anyways, my point is, you don't need to panic, take your pills, go in for your regular bloodwork and you will be fine :)

Also, if you are feeling extra optimistic, try eating healthier and working out...
6-7-13 Detected
6-10-13 74949 VL CD4 458 (32%)
6-27-13 Started Stribild
7-29-13 VL 29 CD4 731 (31%)

Offline buginme2

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Re: Challenges
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2014, 02:39:56 AM »
If you take emotion out of the equation you are left with statistics that show for someone newly diagnosed and on treatment your life expectancy is pretty much the same as someone who is hiv negative.  There are even some who speculate that it may be a little longer than average due to the frequency and regularity of receiving routine medical care can catch things quicker.

However, being hiv positive does increase your chances of developing certain conditions such as cancer, heart disease, liver disease, and kidney disease.  That's just part of your new facts of life. 

You can reduce your risks by being adherent to your medication (the #1 thing you can do to stay health is making sure you take your meds every day...sometimes that's no easy feat).  You can also do things to improve your health like eating right and exercising.

If you are not currently someone who exercises and eats right. Well, let hiv be your motivation.  You have a reason to be fit now.

There are things you can change and there are things you can't.  You can no longer change that you have HIV but you can do things to keep you healthy.
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