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Author Topic: Yaz3 Tested poz intro thread  (Read 1310 times)

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Offline Yaz3

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Yaz3 Tested poz intro thread
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:12:55 pm »
Hi thanks for sharing your story.  This is my 1st time on this site.  I was diagnosed 2 months ago as Poz. I was blessed enough to catch it early and had no symptoms. I was fatigued alot though.  I'm 43 years old and after 2 months of Biktarvy I'm undetectable and CD4 is about 599. I was so scared when I found out and I still think about it daily.  Some days better than others.  I have a history of depression to, so that made it even more difficult. I worked hard to deal with conquering my mental health,  only to be told this, after my annual exam.
You know what,  after just 2 months of knowing and I'm working my butt off to remember everything I learned and worked hard to change in my life, with overcoming the thoughts that depression brings on. I'm going to be just fine and I'm proud of myself for waking up daily and giving life a fair shot, regardless of being Poz . At 1st I didn't feel like me anymore. Like I was alone. Thank God for forums like this, where I hear how others are hopeful and still thriving. I will pray for all of us.

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Re: Yaz3 Tested poz intro thread
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2018, 04:53:11 am »

Welcome to the forum and sorry to hear about the HIV diagnosis.

I moved your thread here as its customary for newbies to open their own introduction thread.

Glad to read you have a "live my life" attitude regarding the diagnosis. With treatment living with HIV is just that living, its not the game changer it once was. 

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Re: Yaz3 Tested poz intro thread
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 08:28:05 am »
Yes welcome, and good to see you are taking a positive mental approach to the diagnosis.

It's really hard for any of us to see shortly after a diagnosis, but for the vast majority of people - and especially those diagnosed early - living with HIV does get easier over time and in some ways it becomes fairly mundane after a while.

The first year is full of tests and starting meds, but after that things get quite routine. I was diagnosed 2.5yrs ago and whilst it was a whirlwind in the first year, I'm now onto six month clinic appointments (the same as my dentist), and have been told that after my CD4 is checked next January, I won't ever have it checked again, assuming I stay undetectable. My life is pretty much what it was before diagnosis, aside from taking a pill each day.

It can be hard to start with, but you are doing everything right and before you know it, the diagnosis won't weigh as heavily on you.

And if you have any questions then please ask in here, as we have some really knowledgable folk here :)
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Re: Yaz3 Tested poz intro thread
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2018, 09:20:04 am »
Hi Yaz,

Welcome to the group and glad that it was caught early.  I assume this was during your annual doctor appointment?  My Dx was caught late but the doctors are very optimistic that they have mine under control.

The Rx regiment is so much easier then I thought it would be.  I'm on such a routine now but I am still living my life and doing all the same stuff I did before.  Yes, I have a few more doctor appointments but I can live with that.

Just make sure to ask your doctor any questions that you have.  I had to switch ID doctor to one that I felt comfortable with and was so worth it.  They are also having me talk to someone and that is very beneficial as well.

Hope you have a great day.

03/13/2019 - CD4 170 (16%) VL - <20
January 2019 - Started Triumeq
12/05/2108 - CD4 174 (18%) VL - <20
08/28/2018 - CD4 166 (15%) VL - <20
05/08/2018 - CD4 106 (11%) VL - <20
03/05/2018 - CD4   90 (10%) VL - <20
12/11/2017 - CD4   60 (  8%) VL - Unknown
09/07/2017 - CD4   42 (  6%) VL  54        (1.70)
May 2017 - Started Atripla
05/11/2017 - CD4     2 (  1%) VL 169,969 (5.23)
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