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Gary in Scotland

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      06/06/06 08:12 PM


I have just been diagnosed in the last week.

I had been feeling fairly rough the last few years, but I put it down to being severly overworked and having a few issues in my personal life.

When I got my first set of meds, I was astonished. It turns out my CD4 count was less than 10, and my viral load in excess of 700,000+.

My follow up visit to my Doctor's visit started with the discovery thay I had the onset of Karposi's Sarcoma. Has anyone else had this, and been successfully treated for it? Does it disappear completely with the introduction of HAART?

I have also been experiencing what I found out was Peripheral Neuropathy. Has anyone else had symptoms of this, which they have been successfully treated for?

I am due to commence therapy in the next day, however, my mind is in a complete whirl.... I am opting for Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir, but wondered if I should be opting for Truvada/Sustiva instead (Is this easier to take than a P.I. option)? Has anyone else commenced therapy with similar labs to myself, and on these combo's? If so, what did you think of each one? What are the side effects like?

Also, do you make a complete recovery, and go on to lead a normal lifestyle? This is one of my main concerns.

I'm sorry if I'm asking so many questions, but I'm sitting here at the moment wondering which way to turn. I feel I'm at a crossroads, and a little guidance and help would be very much appreciated.

I live in quite a remote part of Scotland in the UK, and there is nothing in the way of HIV support networks for many miles, hence the reason I came to post on The Body.

I would be very grateful if anyone would like to post a reply to my message, and would like to thank any of those now who care to do so.

Many thanks,


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