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Starting Medication
      #226268 - 03/28/07 07:12 AM

Hello everyone I am HIV positive for over two years now but still not taking any meds when I was first tested my CD4 is 878 VL of 140,000 my doctor waited for a little bit after three months my CD4 is around 750 and VL 54,000 without taking any meds my doctor suggest that I have to be tested again after 6 months and fter 6 months my CD4 is still high around 800 again and my VL went high around 71,000 my test results been almost the same for over two years and I started feeling really depressed and I have panic attacks which I have it before and I stop medicating because I don't like the side effect and I noticed that I forget things a lot and even sometimes tried to remember the word I want to say and that scares me my doctor suggest that I have to start medication because it might be the cause of HIV even though my CD4 is high but my VL didn't go down, so if someone here have the same experience do you think I need to take medication even though at this high CD4? thank you.. by the way this is my latest counts: CD4 780 VL 71,000

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      #227148 - 05/16/07 08:55 PM

Iíve been positive for three years and just started anti-viral therapy. For the past three years I was low CD4 and viral of about 50k or so. Not the best but I felt and feel great. I really didnít think that I needed meds. But, one thing to keep in mind, ID doctors use different variables to determine when to start you on meds. For me it was a hard thing to hear since I didnít feel sick or have had any HIV related issues. I think the biggest reason I didnít want to start meds was that it would be a constant reminder of being positive. Hell, itís only been a year that Iíve been able to look at myself and feel good about being me and not thinking about HIV over and over all day long. I had finally come to peace with the diagnoses and now I had to come to grippes with meds. With some reluctance I made up my mind to start meds. The biggest driving factor that made up my mind was remembering what it was like to be in hospital with 105 temp for a week. I had lost 30lbs and was extremely weak. Couldnít walk or take care of myself. I was jacked up! Remembering that and knowing that I never want to go back there again, I started meds.
So, what to do? My advice to you is not to wait; start meds before you get sick or have your CD4 become compromised (<200). Keep your body strong and do everything you can to maintain it. I hope this helps. If there is anything I can doÖ ever if itís just to talk - hit me back.

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