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Author Topic: 1st Labs Since Starting Treatment (Stribild)  (Read 1368 times)

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Offline fzdst08

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1st Labs Since Starting Treatment (Stribild)
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:12:16 AM »
So It's been a while since I started my meds (Stribild) June 10th to be exact. Just a little back story I started out with 20 cd4's and a viral load of around 54,000. So going these couple months without knowing have been hell!

Last week on Monday I went to have my blood work done for my next doc visit. I didn't get the results until early this am. It had me on edge lol. For some reason I was thinking I would have gotten them in just a few days vs. a week! I just knew something was wrong. Here is the breakdown:

Cd4's: 87
VL: U N D E T E C T A B L E   
Cd4%: 6%

Then my met panel, out of range as follows:

AST: 44
ALT: 57

Don't get me wrong I am super stoked that I am undetectable!!!! I just knew I wasn't and the virus was still running rampant, so it is comforting to know that is not the case for now. However my liver enzyme levels have me a bit concerned. I was reading online that an increase in these #'s is a known issue with Stribild. I was wondering if you guys could share your knowledge and or experience applied to that topic. As for my Cd4's it isn't a huge jump but hey any increase is better than 20 lol! Slow and steady wins the race. I just don't want my doc to pull the meds b/c of the elevated AST/ALT. Any experience, knowledge, and or words of wisdom is much appreciated.


« Last Edit: August 18, 2014, 07:17:39 AM by fzdst08 »
04/21/14 Diagnosed
05/08/14 VL 90,843:CD4 20
05/27/14 VL 54,200
06/10/14 Started Stribild
08/11/14 VL UD:CD4 87

Offline drewm

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Re: 1st Labs Since Starting Treatment (Stribild)
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 10:01:12 AM »
Impressive numbers! Congrats! Nice smackdown of the viral load. CD4's will likely continue to rebound. (All things in time.) Your doc is not likely to recommend a change based on one set of labs. Everything with HIV/AIDS is a marathon not a sprint so hang in there!
Diagnosed in  May of 2010 with teh AIDS.

PCP Pneumonia . CD4 8 . VL 500,000


Numbers consistent since 12/2010 - VL has remained undetectable and CD4 is anywhere from 275-325

Offline eric48

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Re: 1st Labs Since Starting Treatment (Stribild)
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 11:21:14 AM »
Good job

Alt/ast are a concern when starting to exceed 5 times the range

So anything below 200-250 is not a concern

I am currently at 90, so my doc explained this to me

Stay well, keep that VL UD, and everything should be fine
NVP/ABC/3TC/... UD ; CD4 > 900; CD4/CD8 ~ 1.5   stock : 6 months (2013: FOTO= 5d. ON 2d. OFF ; 2014: Clin. Trial NCT02157311 = 4days ON, 3days OFF ; 2015: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02157311 ; 2016: use of granted patent US9101633, 3 days ON, 4days OFF; 2017: added TDF, so NVP/TDF/ABC/3TC, once weekly


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