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May 6, 2012

Hi there! I tested positive in Dec 2011. I only did it on a complete whim. I had no symptoms or health problems whatsoever. I had my initial labs done on 1/23/12 which were: VL 25460, CD4 234. My Doctor decided to start me on Atripla. I've never missed a dose and always take my medicine around the same time (1-3 hr variant). So far, I have not had any complications on it. (Continues to cross fingers)! I went back for my 2 month evaluation on 3/28/12 and my numbers were VL 110, CD4 437. My nurse said I would be undetectable very soon. I feel great and proud that I am keeping everything in check. Ever since diagnosis, I have been very careful not to put myself and others at risk. What confused me was that they said my next appt was in Oct 2012. Now I know I'm new to all of this lol, but is this normal? I also am gastric bypass patient. Do you believe that this helps/hurts anything as far as therapy is concerned?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Sounds like you're doing terrifically. Your viral load is very near to undetectable levels on a regimen that you're tolerating and being adherent to.

The gastric bypass shouldn't be a problem (so long as the size of the Atripla pill is ok with your doctors), as evidenced by the reduction in your viral load and increase in your CD4 cells.

I hope that's helpful, BY



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