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Author Topic: 8 weeks in, thank y'all for your advice on this forums  (Read 1211 times)

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Offline resilient

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8 weeks in, thank y'all for your advice on this forums
« on: May 11, 2014, 01:25:16 PM »
Hi everyone,

First post here. Just wanted to thank all of you for providing great advice, plenty of information and sometimes entertaining reading.

I was diagnosed March 14, had to wait for the Western Blood, then my initial blood work, 4 weeks for the genotype and then see the doc and get started with treatment. I have been reading this forum since I found out I was + and although it has been 8 stressful weeks, knowing that I'm not alone and that things will be ok as I read here, has helped me a lot. There were days that I thought I wouldn't be able to handle this but reading someone else's experiences gave me hope. It's still hard, but I'm getting better at not thinking about it all the time. Starting meds gives me some peace of mind, like I have things under control again.

I started Truvada + Tivicay this week, my last negative HIV was December 2013 and the + one was in march, CD4 323 30% with VL 37k, no resistance per genotype. According to my doc "my infection is very treatable at this point". I asked him about a one pill a day option but he suggested the Truvada + Tivicay and tested for HLA so I can switch to Tivicay + Epzicom when it becomes available as a single pill. Got great hope on treatment and I'm going back for labs in 6 weeks.

Than y'all again for giving me hope when needed, even though I'm not the kind to post and ask a lot of questions, or ask for help even when I need it. Reading this forum made a big difference.
03/14/2014 - Diagnosed
04/09/2014 - CD4 323 30% VL 37,281
05/06/2014 - Started Tivicay + Truvada
06/19/2014 - CD4 456 31% VL 21
09/11/2014 - VL <20 Detected
01/15/2015 - VL <20 Not detected

Offline OneTampa

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Re: 8 weeks in, thank y'all for your advice on this forums
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 07:53:26 PM »
Welcome Resilient,

Glad that you find the Boards and the Members here helpful.

Good to also read that you are taking care of yourself.

Wishing you the very best.
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Offline vertigo

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Re: 8 weeks in, thank y'all for your advice on this forums
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014, 08:25:37 PM »
Hi resilient, welcome to the forums.  Glad that these posts have been helpful to you, and thanks for adding your own.  It's always nice to hear a bit of personal history.

It sounds as though you caught your infection very early, so that's good.  And Tivicay/Truvada is an excellent and very modern therapy choice.  I'm sure you'll do well.

Good luck and keep us posted.


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