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Reged: 03/11/12
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Loc: Florida
Wait or not to Wait - medications
      #261931 - 03/20/12 11:01 PM

I found out I was + in Feb 2012 and saw my ID doc for the first time last week. I went to the appointment all prepared ( so I thought). I ask about medications and when to start them? He said he wouldn't do anything with just one set of labs he needed two, as it is right now I don't need them yet. What does everyone feel about early treatment? should I start now or wait til my numbers say I need them? Just need some helpful advice. Thank you all for the encouraging words on my first post. I appreciate it. Dealing better now with some ativan to relieve some anxiety. Anyway thank you again.

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Re: Wait or not to Wait - medications new
      #261943 - 03/21/12 11:38 PM

Oh i wasn't playing role of the Doc.... He said right now I don't need them with my first set of numbers but he doesn't like to decide anything til he has 2 sets to go by. I asked about early treatment and he said I could if I wanted to it was my decision kinda. I just wanted to hear from others if they think starting early was good thing.

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Re: Wait or not to Wait - medications new
      #261946 - 03/22/12 08:59 AM

There was a time when doctors used your numbers in regards to treatment but now they are seeing early treatment as a better route. Again see what your doctor thinks and discuss your thoughts in this matter.

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Reged: 03/18/12
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Loc: MN, USA
Re: Wait or not to Wait - medications new
      #261957 - 03/22/12 10:42 PM

I agree with what has been said so far. I would say take heart that your doctor says you don't need to be on meds yet.

On my first panel, my numbers indicated that I need to be on meds as soon as I was released from the hospital but he needed an additional panel of tests to decide the kinds of meds I needed.

Either way, it is currently your choice. Do research and be prepared for huge costs of some of the medications. That may be a consideration as well. Call your local information group. I am going through the same process but it is not to consider starting the meds but how to pay for my continued care after my finances/insurance/HSA run out in a couple months.

Good Luck

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Re: Wait or not to Wait - medications new
      #262081 - 03/28/12 02:57 PM

I was dx'd in 2/10 and waited to get a trend of the numbers before deciding to begin treatment in 9/10. Within 3 months, the VL went to undetectable levels and the CD4 remained about steady. My unqualified advice would be to see what the numbers do. In the mean time, look at treatment options so when it's time to decide whether to begin treatment, you will be armed with enough information to make the best choice for you.

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Re: Wait or not to Wait - medications new
      #264799 - 07/22/12 05:10 PM

First of all I'm sorry to hear you tested positive. That kind of news is never good and usually lead people to do all sorts of stupid things. Take a deep breath. You need to take time to sort all this out...and there's a lot of information you're going to need but for right now let me suggest you keep your chin up and remember things today are a lot better than they were just a few years ago. I've been positive for over ten years now...and I'm still around. I know people who have been positive for over 25 years. Its no longer a death sentence.

Before you even consider meds you need more medical information...There's also a blood test they do to see what meds your body will tolerate better and you see its not a matter of rushing in to take medication. Right now you need to absorb your diagnosis, have more test done, blood work and etc and then when your doctor has more information...he'll probably suggest a combination. But that's down the road. Right now you probably need to see a counselor or a therapist to discuss your feelings. HIV is not something you run out and tell just least it wasn't for me. Check your computer to see what resources your community has to there an Aids Taskforce for example. Once you get a case worker they can sit you down and discuss your options. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask ....I suspect you'll find a lot of people here on this site who will support you and give you what information you require. I've just return to this site after a long absence but I'll try to check in on you when I'm able.

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