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my first lab results
      #241334 - 08/13/08 03:00 PM

hello all. i got my first lab results yesterday and i would like to share them with you.

CD4: 640
VL: undetectable.

I ve been infected sometime between Nov 2007 and July 2008. i believe i am hiv pos for at least 4 months. I did another blood test yesterday to confirm that the VL is really undetectable. I will have the results of my second test next week. My doc told me that the reason that the VL is so low is mainly because of 2 reasons. The amount of the virus got into my body was too little or my system is strong enough at least now to fight it. Either way, I supposed that is good news.

I wanted to ask if there is any alternative ways besides medication to help you keep the CD4 numbers high and the VL low. I ve been reading here about herbal treatment but i have no idea if it is appropriate to start anything at this point. My doctor suggest to continue to do just what i do every day to keep my body strong (which is nothing particular, just good food, no drinks, and some exercise) but i wonder if there anything more that i can do to avoid starting medication, as much as this is possible.

This is still a big shock. I cant take it out of my mind, i am stressed all the time but other than that my body i guess feels fine.

any thoughts or comments will be highly appreciated.
thank you all

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Re: my first lab results new
      #241338 - 08/13/08 04:19 PM

I'm repeating myself here, but so what.
Its the way your numbers look after a year of having blood drawn every 3 or 4 months that is important. Do this regardless if you THINK your numbers are fine ( which they seem to be right now).
Get a specialist, be sure you are comfortable with him/her.
Make sure you save all bloodwork reports.
Good luck.

6 ft tall poz bear in Philadelphia

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Re: my first lab results new
      #241344 - 08/13/08 05:50 PM

definitely. i will have to keep checking my numbers every 3-4 months. My numbers look fine now but who knows how long they will keep that way. i wish there was something to do to keep like this.

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Re: my first lab results new
      #241348 - 08/13/08 07:05 PM

Good results! Congratulations.

A long life ahead of you ...

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Re: my first lab results new
      #241594 - 08/22/08 06:57 PM

Hey Blue,

I agree with Bear about finding a physician you're comfortable with right now (which you're already doing based on your other post). If things aren't broke, don't try fix them. Keep exercising, doing what you're doing and give yourself some time to come to terms with the diagnosis.

The one thing that I would recommend though is to read and gather as much information as you can deal with right now. If you like reading, I have found 2 books to be extremely useful for me personally in understanding my test results and what to expect. I would recommend reading "The First Year: HIV: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (First Year, The)" by Brett Grodek. I thought it did a good job of giving a high level overview that prepared me for my discussions with my doctor. It also offered some good advice like keeping a health journal. The second book, I would recommend reading, but not right away is The Guide to Living with HIV Infection: Developed at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinic. It goes into some topics that aren't covered by The First Year. It's a lot more clinical and I found it harder to read as a result. Hopefully, you'll never need the information contained in either book.

Hang in there.

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