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September 16, 2013

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Starting Early | Treatment Guidelines | Deciding Whether to Start Meds | Pregnancy and Starting Treatment | Resistance

Starting Early

Treatment Guidelines

Deciding Whether to Start Meds

Pregnancy and Starting Treatment


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Comment by: Lovelylady (Bronx NY) Tue., Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm UTC
First of all, I would like to say I've been living with the HIV/AIDS virus for almost 22 years. However, now that you contracted the virus doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Thus, a new beginning in your life. Yes, the viral load are copies of the HIV virus and it is possible you can spread it. That's how your received it. As to when to begin the medication, that's your decision, but I wouldn't suggest you allow the viral load get up in the millions. Also you can live with HIV/AIDS for many, many years, as you can see I am an example. Yet, you have to read illustrates attend workshops on HIV/AIDS and take care of yourself. This is how I take care of myself I take my medication daily, eat right, get enough of rest exercise sometimes and most importantly I try to stay away from stress. About 15 years ago I said to myself, I'm the owner of this body (building) and the virus (tenant) and it's will respect me till it can't respect me any longer. Besides taking care of myself I will fight whatever ailments I encounter till I can't fight any longer and AIDS overpower me( organs) and my T-cells can't fight any more. With that saying every one take care of yourself and remember it's mind over matter. Your mind controls your surrounding not your surrounding controls your mind!!!
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Comment by: Debbie Gaspar (Redwood City, CA) Thu., Nov. 14, 2013 at 6:43 am UTC
I enjoyed your article about two new meds for first time users being approved in the last few months. I think that is fantastic. I noticed that Complera was not on the list. I have been HIV+ for at least 24 years. I only started on meds about 3 years ago. Complera had just recently come out on the market and was for for medication naive folks. It's one pill once daily taken with food. I have not had any side effects. I had many people in my life that I watched take so many pills multiple times a day, with food, without food, with horrible side effects. In the end most of them passed. I have a few left but it made me afraid of ever having to take meds. The time came, I needed to start so I am greatful for Complera.
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Comment by: subash (Hyderabad, India) Wed., Sep. 18, 2013 at 8:52 am UTC
Namaste Dr i am male 47, positive since 9/2009,CD4 is 627,CD 4 + T cells percentage is 20.53. my doctor suggest me to wait to start medicines. pl confirm or pl give good suggestion. thanq sir.
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Comment by: natalie trudeaux (kentucky) Mon., May. 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm UTC
This is not for facebook. This is not a facebook Post. How do i know if my retroviral is still effective for my illness? Ive been on Atripla and it now makes me nausaeted. Ive got doctor's appointments coming up and i need to tell my physician everything..should i?
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