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Reged: 06/24/08
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I'm starting treatment
      06/28/08 03:48 PM

I was just diagnosed on June 12th. It's been a range of emotions for me. I'm still having a lot of trouble dealing with all of this.

On the day I found out, my doctor took another blood sample to determine my cd4, viral load, and resistance test. He told me to come back in 2 weeks for the results. Those 2 weeks were pure torture. I spent most of the first week scouring the internet for information. I found many claims about natural therapy.

I decided to try a few. I tried mixing apple cider vinegar with water 3 times a day and also taking a selenium tablet. I started taking these about 5 days leading up to my second appointment.

I went to my second appointment on June 26th. My doctor gave me the results of my blood test on June 12th. He said my cd4 was 63 and my viral load was 64,000. He said he didn't want to start treatment based on the results of one test. He took another blood sample on my second appt. He said treatment with Altripla would probably start next week unless the second blood test turned up something.

He called yesterday and said my cd4 count was 152. I'm still waiting on the viral load number. I asked him if that quick jump could be the result of anything I tried. He said fluctuations in the numbers are common and he doubted it was anything I tried. But I can't help but be curious.

I'm supposed to start on Altripla next week. I'm scared of the side effects. I have a skin rash now and I'm worried it might make it worse. Any advice?

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* I'm starting treatment gotham 06/28/08 03:48 PM
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