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Author Topic: Here's my Story.  (Read 1232 times)

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Offline redrobot

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Here's my Story.
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:33:57 AM »
Hi everyone.

I've never actually properly introduced myself.
I'm going to use part of a post I made on another topic, add to it and tell you guys a bit about me.

I'm a 36 year old male and have been co-infected with HIV/HCV since i was 17 [fuc*, just hit me it's been almost 20 years  :o... nevermind]. I live in the UK and I've got British, Spanish and Portuguese ancestry.

My HIV viral load has been UD for many years now. My VL popped up briefly to detectable levels a couple years ago due to my constant drug use [smoking heroin] but after reducing drug use it went back do UD.
I'm not sure about the exact numbers on my CD4 but I think they around the 700/800 mark.

Hopefully I'll get rid of my HepC early next year. I was supposed to start treatment last January but the interferon and the potential year long treatment scared/worried the sh*t out of me. I cancelled treatment 1 hour before i was due my 1st interferon injection. I was a calculated risk though. I knew new HCV meds were coming soon [with no interferon] and my liver biopsy showed almost no chance from 5 years ago [mild scaring]. So my HepC doctor said there was no problem for me to wait a bit longer for new meds. The new treatment is also shorter [12 weeks] and has got higher success rate [90%.... probs 60/70% for cos of HIV].

I've also just found out I'm immune to Hep.B. Not entirely sure how that happened. I know i had a mate [16 years ago] who had it. We smoked heroin together once while he had it and shared a smoking foil tube [even though I smoked with the opposite side], but while he had a full blown jaundice, I never had any Hep.B symptoms whatsoever. But I've been exposed and got immune. Which is really good.

I've just rekindled an old flame [the person I loved for most my life] and getting rid of HepC is a big part of me thinking about long term future with a bit more certainty and commitment. Due to my status I never thought about long term future before.
I'm a recovering drug addict [heroin, coke, weed mainly], I stopped smoking fags 2 weeks ago [mainly due to me having dental implants last week] and i haven't drunk alcohol for over 3 years [I started hating the hangovers, my liver status didn't help].

I haven't quit drugs totally that long ago [still on 14mg of methadone daily] and I still got a lot of gremlins running wild in my head [having an addictive personally isn't easy] but I'm ready to finally give life a great shot. It will not be easy, by any stretch of imagination, and I need to be more disciplined but hopefully I'll succeed.


Offline Dan0

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Re: Here's my Story.
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2014, 10:58:37 AM »
Welcome! It sounds as if things are turning right for you and congratulations for that. It certainly has been a hard road and your strength through this is evident. Keep up the positive thoughts and best of luck!
"Honey, you should never ask advice from a drunk drag queen who has a show to do." - JG

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10/2006 Atripla UD
10/2013 Stribild Still UD
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