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Online daveR

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Recent Results
« on: October 30, 2020, 11:32:16 am »
Hi All,

Just had my 4 1/2 year positive anniversary blood tests. Happy to say all is well still. CD4 count at just over 700, 41%. Undetectable still. All other blood work, including kidney function and liver function in normal range. Still taking the same two pill version of Complera, this time though to help save some money they swapped out the Truvade for Ricovir EM, half the cost. The doctor smiled when she recommended the change, said I will probably be taking them for a long time so may as well start saving. I took her comments as they were meant in a positive manner. She also said that as my CD4 count has always been normal from 6 weeks after starting treatment and I have never had a blip that my next visit in April can be my last 6 monthly one. She recommends me to switch to 12 monthly visits. I will go along with it, one advantage of living in Thailand is I can just nip down the road to a private clinic if I suddenly do get the urge to test, they send the sample to the hospital that treats me for analysis for about half the price.

Still working out, trying to turn the clock back with little success. It does seem to be getting harder to do now though. I no longer have the energy that I had a couple of years ago. Not sure if it is the virus, medication of my trying to push to much at the age of 57. Or a combination of all of them. I just keep doing what I can. Work is still a problem, oil price slump, not being able to work in the Middle East any more and lets not forget Covid. Haven't returned to work since March due to travel restrictions and quarantines. Hopefully life will return to normal soon as being self employed, lack of income is an issue.

All in all though, I can't really complain. I hope everybody else on here is doing OK too.


Offline Mindless

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Re: Recent Results
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2020, 10:28:43 am »
Hi Dave,

Nice to hear from you and that the health is good. Not sure you remember me but I live on Thailand too. You helped me a lot during my first months in. Thank you again.

Iím on generic Complera too (Red Cross) but as other options are/will be available at TRCAC Iím considering a switch. Thereís a thread about that if youíre interested (generic DTG in Thailand).

I wish you the best for your work. Iím 51, so I know something about getting old 😉


Online daveR

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Re: Recent Results
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2020, 09:43:18 pm »
Thanks Mindless,
Glad I have managed to help somebody on the forum, it is what it is all about in the end.

I considered raising the DTG subject with my Doctor, I saw on here that the generic version is available and reasonably priced in Bangkok. I decided to leave it for now until this Covid mess is over. Just incase for any reason there is a supply issue, I can't see why there would be but you never know, concerns were being raised in the early weeks.

Hope you are doing well now.


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