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Author Topic: Are we considered immunocompromised?  (Read 437 times)

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Offline fabio

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Are we considered immunocompromised?
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:23:20 am »
Even though we take the meds and we keep our cd4 on check and the vl on check,are we still considered immunocompromised?
In short,if something happens to us are we in more danger? (Healthwise).

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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 05:07:07 am »
Fabio.

I love you I mean it. I get the feeling from your posts that the future still concerns you. So I'll say that you are young, living in an era of vastly improved meds and, HIV with that treatment is not in itself a road block to leading a long healthy life.

Whatever will be will be in life, no point worrying about it too much or getting hung up on definition of a wide group. Although if you want to improve your odds of living healthier than same as the rest of the population, exercise more, better diets, avoid smoking, don't drink too much and quality of sleep, above all care for your mental health during your journey of life.

Even though we take the meds and we keep our cd4 on check and the vl on check,are we still considered immunocompromised?
In short,if something happens to us are we in more danger? (Healthwise).

Are we 'immunocompromised'?

https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=64772.msg
https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=68128.msg

We belong to a group of people that are ‘immunocompromised" . It's a wide net with some more so fitting that term than others I suppose

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If something happens to us are we in more danger?

Depends on what, how and to who. "Us" is a wide group.
As a group we have certain increased risk factors for certain things.

See it's your health, you are young, picked up on the infection early and started quickly modern treatment. This is greatly different to some people lumped into the same group of immunocompromised or statistical outcome data.

Realistically when facing the same issues as we're all different we will have different outcomes. Hence reduce your manageable factors is something you can focus on. The flip side it also can in a way come with decreased risks or early detection of problems HIV Negative counterparts miss out on as a group.

Jim
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Offline fabio

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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 10:13:15 am »
Haha thanks for the answer. It's been bugging me so much. I've been watching on flu's and colds (the pig flu) and in general simple diseases like that. All the articles say that that simple flu lasts x time and clears up on it's own bla bla,unless you are immunocompromised. And that was the "but" of every article.
So I wondered if we are in a bigger risk of infections than other people without hiv could get.
Also I kinda got scared for me,because even though I had a high cd4 count when I was diagnosed (340),I had quite many symptoms of early infection,had really bad colds,shivers,nightsweats,bad fevers with puking. All that stuff that for all of my 20 years of living never ever had. And I got scared of that getting normal and being easily infected with everything.
Anyways,thank you so much. Every dumb question I write here gets answered haha.

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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 10:25:40 am »
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simple flu lasts x time and clears up on it's own bla bla

The simple flu, simply kills*, simple as.

It can and does kill people with or without other immune problems, keeping in mind someone with diabetes and/or a host of common conditions is classed as immunocompromised

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https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1213-flu-death-estimate.html

Look if you are worried about the flu or getting sick, than consider reasonable precautions such as getting vaccinated to reduce your risks. This is the same for a number of illnesses.

No need to panic every time someone sneezes or you sneeze, its HIV not Ebola

Jim
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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 11:10:17 am »
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Every dumb question I write here gets answered haha.

Unless its infected KFC, or about anal probing by Aliens from outer-space there are no dumb questions and absolutely no need to worry about asking, that is in part what the forum is for and many people have been in a similar place were your thoughts & concerns are and have lived through it ;)

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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 12:51:11 pm »
I can tell you my own side.  The last couple years before I was diagnosed.  I went from someone who never got sick to three colds a year and they lingered.  Both the id's I have been under have said the same thing be careful not paranoid.  With a low cd4 count the risk is higher not certain.  They have both stressed vaccination.  Basicly arm the hell out of the army your system has.  They were both more worried about my emotional state than my medical status.  Hell they even told me not to cancel the global tour I have planned just be smart about it.
DX 28DEC17, cd4 112, VC 63000
13FEB18, cd4 215, VC 156
14MAY18, cd4 260, VC 31
23AUG18, cd4 298, VC 61
03OCT18, cd4 300, VC 35
21NOV18, cd4 259, VC <20
18JAN19, cd4 284, VC 24

Offline fabio

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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2019, 01:33:07 pm »
Yeah my docs said the same. They did give me the prescription for the year flu shot (which I didn't have to pay hehe 😆😁😄) but now I feel better.
I don't feel those shivers or extreme nightsweats.

Offline TexasDragon

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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2019, 04:08:36 pm »
My ID has vaccinated the bajeebas out of me - flu, phenomena, Hep A and B, tetnus, shingles, Every time I go I leave jabbed!

‘Stick to the plan, and die an old man!’ And part of the plan is to get vaccinated whenever possible.
Exposure 10-04-2018
Dx 11-08-2018
1st Appt 11-15-2018
11-15-2018 Blood Draw - CD4 468 11% VL 316,000
2nd Appt 12-04-2018 - Hep A and B Vaccines
Start of Biktarvy 12-14-2018
3rd Appt 01-15-2019 - All Good - 2nd Hep B Vaccine
01-16-2019 Blood Draw - CD4 934 28% VL 98
Next Appointment in April!

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Re: Are we considered immunocompromised?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2019, 12:04:11 pm »


    olí.    Hi FABIO...I don’t know your story, but I think you should let go to all those nonsense worries. Please go back tovlive your normal life...picture this. 24 years ago a guy got and AIDS dx, he was told he just had two more years to live. This guy started his treatment went back to work, he kept doing what he used to do before his dx. Even though this guy knew his treatmentnot wasn't working, he kept taking his meds. I won't lie to you, this guy lost some battles to AIDS losing almost all his vision, he had to retire early from work. Then, when he was told, go home and wait for an oportunistic infection to kill you. Later on his doctor caloed him to offer him a new treatment that still wasn't approved by the FDA, long story short, treatment worked and this guy is still alive after taking this new treatment for 12 years?...this guy is me?..so relax, live your life and don't waste time, it won't come back...I got to go...hugs and good luck.     ojo

 


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