Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
December 13, 2018, 11:17:13 am

Login with username, password and session length


Members
  • Total Members: 33796
  • Latest: Davai
Stats
  • Total Posts: 738748
  • Total Topics: 61284
  • Online Today: 287
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 am)
Users Online
Users: 5
Guests: 221
Total: 226

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: Illness  (Read 1209 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline MadDog125

  • Member
  • Posts: 46
Illness
« on: August 31, 2018, 11:28:56 pm »
I've been on more than I would like lately. 
I have to ask anyone else find their sick a lot?  I was originally diagnosed after a cold that wouldn't clear after more than six weeks.  Since then I have been constantly developing or getting over a cold.  Roughly eight months now.  How long before that is over?  The latest bout has been going on two weeks and is turning into a chest cold.

Offline Mojito

  • Member
  • Posts: 11
Re: Illness
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 12:05:54 am »
Are you currently on ARV and any prophylaxis medication? If yes, since when? what is your latest CD4 and VL counts?

Offline JimDublin

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 10,198
  • Twitter @JimAllenDublin
    • HIV Lessons
Re: Illness
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 06:39:50 am »
Hiya

You are UD and have a good CD4 count, so your HIV is suppressed and not a factor.

Sorry to hear your feeling under the weather, colds etc can take weeks to clear that's normal and in life. See people get sick, people living with HIV who are on effective HIV treatment still get sick like everyone else and that is life and no difference

Could it simply be you are more aware of your body or focusing on it now you know your HIV status?

So what i am saying is do and treat illness as you normally would, see the doctor if you are concerned.

Jim
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Transmission and Risks:
HIV Transmission and Risks
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

Offline MadDog125

  • Member
  • Posts: 46
Re: Illness
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 12:24:59 pm »
298 CD4 and 61 VL respectively, been on AVR for a little over seven months soon to be eight.
As for noticing my health? Probably a one, two combo.  I never used to get the seasonal cold every year.  So even that wasn't "normal" I work outside mostly and I'm not really exposed to people.  It was actually my aunt who pointed out that I was still coughing six weeks on.  It's not that I didn't notice, I just usually had self care.  Prior to diagnosis I generally only saw medical professionals for annual vaccines, tetanus boosters, and the six month audio gram required in my industry along with random drug screening.  Hell the day I went in I still had self applied stitches to a cut I took to the arm. 
Biggest change I've noticed is I'm perpetually under the weather, and fatigue big time.  A year ago 12, 14 hour days no problem.  Last week pulled a ten hour on a 737 and had all I could do to close up properly.
I've read that underlying infections can come to the fore early on with AVR.  I'm just wondering from those further down this path than me, is that normal, and better yet how long till it passes?  My Co horts don't know what's going on but they know I'm well off my usual game.  My IA even asked about it Thursday night.

Offline JimDublin

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 10,198
  • Twitter @JimAllenDublin
    • HIV Lessons
Re: Illness
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2018, 12:36:13 pm »
Aha

Yeah look your going to notice plenty of stuff post diagnosis that did not happen pre-diagnosis, this does not mean its HIV related, certainly not in someone with a fine CD4 count and a suppressed HIV level.

I've had tones of issues post diagnosis, some i never had before my diagnosis and with some of the issues i heal quicker that others around me suffering from the same or quicker than expected and sometimes I am slower to mend, that's life.

As for the coughing, before your HIV status was known to you what would you have done? 'm guessing thinking nothing of it and seeing a doctor if it holds on, so nothing has changed from post diagnosis time, treat it the same and don't overthink it. So if you are not healing up see the doctor nothing more to it ;)

Try not to read too much it often lacks real world context.
Hope you feel better soon though

Jim
« Last Edit: September 01, 2018, 12:38:42 pm by JimDublin »
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Transmission and Risks:
HIV Transmission and Risks
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

Offline Mojito

  • Member
  • Posts: 11
Re: Illness
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2018, 12:53:03 am »
People do get sick with or without HIV. I know that once a person is diagnosed positive, we tend to relate anything and everything happening to us to HIV. However it would be good to check with your doctor if the cough if more than 6 weeks. They may screen you for some OI like TB or pneumonia.

Offline CaveyUK

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 1,594
Re: Illness
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2018, 01:37:46 pm »
I had a 'cold' and cough that lasted weeks earlier this year. It was hugely annoying.

Turned out to be sinusitis (which I've not knowingly had before) and the cough was due to the post nasal drip. Spoke to an online GP service, had some bog standard antibiotics posted to me, and within a few days was as right as rain.

I think everyone panics to some extent when something doesn't clear up quickly, but it's best not to second guess what the answer is and by talking to your GP if it is bothering you.

As Jim said, with an UD VL and a decent CD4 count, whatever it is, is highly unlikely to be anything related to HIV, so just put that out of your head.
HIV - Basics
HIV 101
You can read more about Transmission and Risks here:
HIV Transmission and Risks
You can read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
You can read more about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read more about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
You can read more about PEP and PrEP here:
PEP and PrEP

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2018 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.