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Author Topic: It looks like I'll be starting Triumeq Next Week!  (Read 1253 times)

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Offline MrHopeful

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It looks like I'll be starting Triumeq Next Week!
« on: April 02, 2019, 11:10:50 pm »
As I've mentioned elsewhere in the forum, I'm in Mexico and being treated at CAPISITS. The folks there are super nice and super helpful. I had my first visit with the doc there and I need to get the HLA-B*5701 test and I've already done my Framingham risk calculation, so I should be good to go.

I'm looking forward to getting my viral load down and making progress on my treatment.

The alternative here is Stribild, which I'm less excited about and I'm happy that Triumeq is available here and the my Doc agrees that it's a good fit.

In case anyone is interested, I found this course helpful for understanding the virology and actions of HIV and it's treatment, even though the course is about 4 years out of date:
https://www.khanacademy.org/science/health-and-medicine/infectious-diseases/hiv-and-aids/a/what-is-hivaids

And just because I can't help but to want to know everything about my health, I found an up to date clinical training course for anyone who wants more in depth knowledge.
https://iversity.org/en/my/courses/relaunch-clinical-management-of-hiv
Diagnosed: 2/18/19
Viral Load: 175000
CD4: 330
Started Tirumeq: 4/22/19
5/22/19
Viral Load: 320
CD4:639
8/14/19
Viral Load: Undetectable
9/17/19 Start Biktarvy

Offline CraigJ

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Re: It looks like I'll be starting Triumeq Next Week!
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019, 10:20:57 am »
Hi MrH
Sorry to hear about the diagnosis.
I was started on Triumeq and seen my VL go to undetectable very quickly. I also seen a very sharp rise in my CD4.
I hope you see similar results. I found it to be easier than I thought it would be. I over thought the side effects or potential side effects and found that yes there were initial effects these were very mild and eased within a week and are now non existent.
You won't need it but i will say it anyway.

Good luck
C
Dx Nov 2018 (likely Oct 2018 ex)
Dec 2018 - VL- 30,996 - CD4 - 485/33%
Jan 2019 - VL - UD <40 - CD4 not done
Feb 2019 - VL - UD <40 - CD4 - 719/43%
Apr 2019 - VL - UD <40 - CD4 not done
July 2019 - VL - UD <40 - CD4 1313/41%
Nov 2019 - VL - UD <40 - CD4 1132/37%

Offline leatherman

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Re: It looks like I'll be starting Triumeq Next Week!
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2019, 10:29:23 am »
for anyone who wants more in depth knowledge
a ton of HIV information is here too:  https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics  ;)
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It looks like I'll be starting Triumeq Next Week!
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2019, 08:09:48 pm »
Hi There,..

Good luck with the Triumeq !


I started on Triumeq, on April 23rd, 2018.  So, I've been on that pill, for just about a year.

Prior to Triumeq,  I was on Viramune and Epzicom, for almost 15 years or so.

I decided on Triumec, because it was a single pill , once a day dose, which made it more convenient to take, and I was already on two of the drugs within Triumeq.

And I will say that my t-cells increased more than I expected, several months after starting on Triumeq.  I contribute that to the Dolutegravir portion of Triumeq.

You can take this medication with or without food, which makes it nice.


Good luck to you !!

Ray  8)
Current Meds ; Viramune / Epzicom , 20 mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 7/15/20

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of July 8th,20,  Viral load remains Undetectable

CD 4 @589 /  CD4 % @ 17 %
68 YEARS YOUNG
  
WEAR A MASK !! COVID KILLS !

Offline leatherman

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Re: It looks like I'll be starting Triumeq Next Week!
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2019, 04:51:24 pm »
And I will say that my t-cells increased more than I expected, several months after starting on Triumeq.  I contribute that to the Dolutegravir portion of Triumeq.
nice! I had a similar experience.  for the last 2 yrs on tivicay (dolutegravir) my tcells increased quickly up to just shy of 500 and have been holding around there.
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

 


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