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Offline newbie92

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New To This...
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:58:10 PM »
Hello Everyone! Long story short. I'm new to this POZ world. I was just recently diagnosed via Oraquick this past March. Nobody knows except my boyfriend (he was born HIV+). I'm assuming he gave it to me but that's not important. I started Tivicay and Epzicom in June and haven't missed a dose!! :) Go me! I'm still having a hard time adjusting. I know it will take time. I worry a lot about my health and my dreams of going to med school. I don't want this to consume me or change my life path. I want to feel normal again. I want to treat it just how I treat my asthma. I haven't disclosed to anyone because I don't want to anyone to be disappointed in me. I need advice on coping!

Offline newbie92

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2014, 06:37:27 PM »
Correction, I started the regimen this past May.

Offline YellowFever

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2014, 08:00:42 PM »
Welcome to the forums. And to the longest ride of your life! Just to be clear, you've had a confirmation from a doctor about your diagnosis right? I'm assuming you're not just taking your boyfriends' meds after the oraquick results.

Anyways, worrying about your health is something you'll eventually fine-tune. I found myself freaking out at every single 'symptom' in my body, but over time, most of them have gone away and could have been adequately explained by stress. And as for your goals and dreams, I would say: start researching. Look for companies, states or even countries that don't discriminate against HIV+ employees. And start moving your life in that direction. If you already live in a country where it is illegal to discriminate against HIV+ people (like if they are classified as disabled) then great!
08/2010 HIV- 08/2012 HIV+
10/2012 CD4 415
04/2013 CD4 457
10/2013 CD4 520 VL 650
02/2014 CD4 410 VL 390
08/2014 CD4 580
01/2015 CD4 500 VL UD
05/2015 CD4 420 VL 2500
08/2015 CD4 460 VL UD
03/2016 CD4 500 VL UD
08/2016 CD4 410 VL 4467

Offline phoenix

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2014, 11:15:29 PM »
Welcome   Great job on the meds. Yeah it will take time to adjust, Just take the time you need. Have you talked to your boyfriend about it? Someone to talk to will help. Understand you have a illness and remember your still the same person you were before your diagnoses. Take your time in deciding when and who to tell.  you may be surprised at the love and support you receive. Follow your dreams  Agree with YellowFever move your life in the direction you want it to go.  Best wishes.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems but it will annoy enough people to make it worthwhile.                              The point of the journey is not to arrive.

Offline newbie92

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2014, 04:35:15 AM »
Thanks for replying! No the doctor confirmed my Oraquick test and prescribed me medicine. Yes, me and boyfriend have talked about it. I don't want to tell anyone until I feel like I'm comfortable with myself dealing with it. I do live in the US.

Offline absopozilutely

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2014, 11:37:32 AM »
Woah, your doctor needs to do a western blot confirmatory test, and genotype or phenotype testing far before you should begin meds. Either you missed them taking quite a few vials of blood, or your doctor needs to be reported to the board of medicine. Do you know your CD4 or Viral Load?
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 newbie92

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2014, 11:47:54 AM »
I had all of those tests done. My viral load was around 50,000 and my CD4 was around 330. He then prescribed me the Epzicom and Tivicay.

Offline JosephP

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2014, 10:59:46 PM »
Well... Welcome to the forums!!! It has been almost 10 months for me and I have yet to be  able to embrace it! I have not disclosed or ear of many things but reading these posts gives me hope...I am on Stribild and I think is a miracle drug! Hang in there we are all in this ride!
We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd

Offline newbie92

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Re: New To This...
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2014, 12:37:49 AM »
I know we will get through this! I'm not going to give up.


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