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Here comes the drugs!
      #162049 - 10/18/05 05:40 PM

So I decided to go ahead and register on here, because I'm prob going to spend alot of time on here now! Firstly, I'd like to express my excitement and comfort in finding this website! What a phenomenal resource!

I am 27 years old and have been Positive for nearly 2 yaers now. Two weeks ago I found out that my CD4 had dropped to 194 and my PCP asked me to visit my HIV specialist. I travel quite frequently for work and had just returned from a 2-week tour while simultaneously moving from a 2 bedroom condo to a newly purchased 3 bedroom house... I was a bit overwhelmed to say the least! I put off caling my specialist in NYC for several days. I was on the edge, very irritable and snapping at the drop of a hat... good thing I had that house move as a cover! :)

I worried and thought of every scenario. Finally, yesterday, I went to my appointmenet. What a sigh of relief. Its not as if everything magically went away, but it seems to be easier than I thought. My doc decided that a combination of Sustiva and Truvada once a day would be best for me. He told me about all the exciting side effects, mainly the vivid dreams... which for me is somewhat humurous... I am excessively creative and can't even phathom what adventures I will come up with! He told me about a patient who had HORRIBLE dreams, but then started watching porn everynight before going to bed and he always had AMAZING dreams after that. I guess I'll keep that handy!

So now I just have to take that next big step and deliver the script to the pharmacy and begin taking the medication. I have 2 more weeks off the road from work, so I guess now is as good of a time as any other!

The one thing that I'm not so clear on and I know I need to do more of my "homework," but the 3 different types of drugs thoroughly confuse me! Inhibitors, non-inhibitors, bojangles and bananas! I'm so lost on that! Guess I should check on here huh? Does anyone know a clear "3 Types of Drugs for Dummied" website?

Thank you to all who have provided their fond words of encoragement to my Mr.Anonymous posts. I look forward to now getting to know everyone and hopefully making some great friends along the way.

All the best!

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      #162728 - 10/25/05 05:47 PM has a good description of the various classes of medications.

For reference, you're on an NNRTI (Sustiva) and 2 NRTI's (Truvada...which is Viread and Emtriva baked together)

NNRTI stands for Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor.

NRTI stands for nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor.

All of the classes of medications are named for the stages at which they block the virus from replicating. has a good lesson section which will show you how the virus attempts to replicate. Once you see the viral life cycle, the medication class names will begin to make sense.

Good luck, and send me a message if you have any questions. I've been on the same medications as you for almost a year now, so I'll be happy to relay any experience to you or answer any questions you may have.


P.S. They're working on a combo pill of Sustiva and Truvada which may become available as early as 2006...which means we'll only have to take 1 pill instead of 2!

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