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dave66intx - Introduction thread
« on: February 13, 2019, 07:56:08 pm »
Diagnosed with HIV November 2018...started ART 29 Dec 18.

Starting viral load:  434000.   Starting CD4:  88

Current viral load:  8000.   Current CD4:  138

So far so good.  Making great progress and, God willing, will be virus undetectable by the end of March if not sooner.

But since starting ART I have gained 20 lbs.   Most of it in the midsection with no diet change and substantial walking/exercise.

Have started back to strenuous exercise but no results on it yet; will give it a few weeks.

I'm taking Symtuza and sulfameth (for the CD4)...only other prescriptions I'm taking are omeprazole (for acid reflux) and losartan (for high blood pressure; prior to HIV diagnosis).

So my question is:   has anyone else experienced weight gain with ART?

Thanks and God bless

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Re: dave66intx - Introduction thread
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2019, 10:49:56 pm »
Hiya

Welcome to the forum, although sorry to hear about the diagnosis.
I moved your post here to "I Just tested positive" so it can work as your introduction thread 

45 days and a 20 lbs weight gain? You should talk to your doctor about this if you have no done so already.

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So my question is:   has anyone else experienced weight gain with ART?

Its a wide question, my personal thoughts are some initial weight gain is reasonably normal and healthy in the context that once treatment starts controlling the virus, the body is no longer having to working overtime to fight a loosing fight, particularly for people who simultaneously have other infections or health issues that are treated

That said certain meds & HIV itself also seem to have correlation with weight gain so re-think the diet if you can to reduce the effects if you don't want the weight gain.

Best, Jim

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Re: dave66intx - Introduction thread
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 02:13:12 pm »
Hiya

Just wanted to check on how you are doing?

Best, Jim
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