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magneticmama
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Reged: 10/09/08
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Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options?
      10/23/08 03:28 AM

Hi there,

my husband is poz and when we found out his CD4 was 12 and he was really sick. So when he started with his meds he had quite a few side effects, bad ones, like fever and puking and nightmares etc. But he stuck it out and he's been taking them for 2 years now with almost no side effects. I live and work as an HIV counsellor in South Africa where only 2 regimens are available for most people (if that) and in my experience the majority of the side effects go away after about 6 weeks. Think about it this way: your body is and has been fighting its own battle against this disease for many years. When you add meds into the pic, they take over this battle and while they are socking it to the virus, you get crappy side effects. Once they're in control the side effects ease off.

I totally get your frustration, having a new tiny person around whom you want to be able to enjoy without worrying about feeling crappy because of medication side effects. However, resistance is a horrible and scary reality and however bad the drugs make you feel you must never NEVER NEVER stop taking them on your own accord. EVER. Speak to your doctor honestly and if he doesn't listen, find another one!

Thinking of you in support, congrats to you (and the dad) on your baby!

Magneticmama

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