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Author Topic: 25 months on treatment  (Read 1113 times)

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Offline Riseandrise

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  • Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.
25 months on treatment
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:18:25 pm »
Hello again!

Just a quick update, hopefully this can be useful for some newbies (I am one of those) out there.

This is my 25th month on meds and if you are still thinking that you can wait a little bit longer (that's fine, it is a personal desition and it is a big one).

In this two years my life I have being going throught a lot. Being in your middle 20's, leave collegue, try to get a nice (or at least a decent) job, dating, career desitionts and stuff. No one said that being alive was be a piece of cake, but we have to enjoy our own rides.

I was diagnosed late in 2015 I was in a middle of an intership and dealing with my senior year in college. After a lot of time dealing will all the Mexican paperwork requiered to be transfered with an infections diseases specialist. I had my first appointment in January of 2016 to get even more labs and my first VL and CD4.

At the beginning of Feb (Feb 4th to be precise) I had my first results:

VL 1'200,000 and my cd4 430 @ 12%

I had a long talk with the specialist and she asked if I was ready to start the treatment. I am not going to lie, I was afraid. I was tryging to stay focused on my senior year and I was fighting for a place I the company where I was doing my intership. I would said that I was not 100%, but I was afraid to get used to it. After 30 minutes of pros and cons the specialist offer to see me every 3 weeks just to make sure that I was doing well with the side effects (that was my big excuse). I took my first dose as soon as I get home and hided the pills. At that time I was living with my parents and in Mexico the privacy is not a big thing.

Six months later I had another round of labs, this time my results were totally different.

On September 2016. VL UD and CD4 730.

On march of 2017 another round:

VL under 40 (UD) and CD4 907 @ 24%

Today I got my labs and follow up appointment....

VL still below 40 (UD)
CD4 871 @ 40.53%

If this helps someone (and it is my personal point of view) Do not wait to start your meds. Dealing with some bad days is hard, yeah. But you should not lose the control of your own life. You will travel, you will find someone if you want to, you will grow.

Thanks to Tonny2 that has been there always.

Lots of positive vibes.

A, from Mexico.

Offline Batou

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Re: 25 months on treatment
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2018, 05:01:00 am »
Hey Riseandrise,

I just wanted to thank you, for some reason i can't explain, as a newly diagnosed Poz, your post cheered me up and gave me hope.

I wish you a long and prosperous life.
01/18 - Diagnosed Poz -- CD4 364 (25%) -- VL 25,505
02/18 - Start of Tivicay + Truvada (15days) -- CD4 464 (21%) -- VL 21

Offline harleymc

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Re: 25 months on treatment
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2018, 06:34:07 pm »
Well done.

Offline marseilliais

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Re: 25 months on treatment
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2018, 12:27:59 am »
Thank you so much for sharing. Really heartwarming to read.
Jun. 09/17 - diagnosed, CD4: ?, VL: ?
Jul. 20/17 - CD4: 450, VL: 3,000,000
Started Genvoya
Aug. 20/17 - CD4: 700, VL: UD
Sep. 25/17 - CD4: ?, VL: 157
Oct. 26/17 - CD4: 724, VL: 53
Dec. 10/17 - CD4: 640, VL: 55
Started Triumeq, discontinued Genvoya
Jan. 20/18 - CD4: ?, VL: 77
Apr. 3/18 - CD4: ?, VL: UD
Jul. 10/18 - CD4: 710, VL: UD


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