10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin HIV Treatment
By Heidi Nass; edited by Myles Helfand From TheBody.com
9. What if it doesn't work?
As good as today's HIV medications are, it's possible that, for one reason or another, your first regimen might not work for you. Maybe you'll find you are missing doses regularly. Or maybe your lab tests will show that your viral load isn't dropping as much as it should. Or maybe some side effect will emerge that makes you want to just say no to treatment.
When you're researching your first regimen and discussing it with your doctor, why not consider your second, just-in-case regimen, too? In fact, it's a good idea to always have a plan B in mind.
Comment by: james nyamu
Mon., Jun. 17, 2013 at 3:47 am EDT
this is to encourange you who have tested H.I.V positive and have not accepted their new medical status.i tested H.I.V positive in 1996 when here in kenya there was no medication to carter H.I.V infected persons and rejection and death was the order of the day.so seek treatment and you health will be restored with art it works for real.
Comment by: Saeed
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 at 9:45 am EDT
Matt: Keep the news flowing on the team here in Providence ..got a felieng they will be more important this year supplying players to Boston with the cap era we are now in.What do you think of the idea of a hockey doubleheader? For an appetizer, an AHL game with Providence and say Lowell or Hartford and then and then the NHL game between the parent teams (Bos vs New Jersey or NY Rangers ..you get the idea.) Didn't Philly do that last year? I think it was in the pre-season but I think that would be a great idea. Are the Jacobs listening? Sounds like a a nice treat for both teams season ticket holders .call it a hockey stimulus .2 games for the price of one!!!How about in season updates on our draft picks .guys in college or juniors to see what they're up to.More video links too.Thanks .keep up the good work. Hockey season can't start soon enough!
Comment by: MOSES
Sat., Jun. 8, 2013 at 2:10 am EDT
i was diagnosed with HIV in 1992. I believe that I contracted the virus earlier than that. Ever since I have relied on the use of known plants which provide helpful phyto chemicals from time to time. I have always visited the lab to have my CD4 monitored. My CD4 has always been going down but for the past years the CD4 has been almost constant thus 398 .I feel very strong as I always engange mysel in simple exercises like walking 4km every morning. I have never taken any antiretro vial but I still feel healthy and strong.
Comment by: Claret
Fri., Jun. 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm EDT
I had sex 2 times witout protection nd both ad precum witout me gettin pregnant.now i av swollen mouth and rashes al over my body even on my head.does that mean that i am HIV POSITIVE.AM just 17yrs.my dad has d swollen rashes whenever his sugar is high and i urinate a lot dis days.does it av anytin 2 do wit sugar and not HIV
Comment by: etownerin
Sat., Jun. 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm EDT You could be diabetic not HIV the best way to know is to get tested
Comment by: dmo8654
Wed., Jun. 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm EDT
I just wonder why is it taking so long to find a cure or is it that researchers don't want to? I was diagnosed in feb and couldn't believe im on meds now and feel ok in the beginning I must admit I felt drugged but now I over passed that stage been on meds for about one month and few weeks andbim able to tolerated it numbers when up and only side effect is that I create alot of anxiety.
Comment by: Steve F
Thu., May. 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm EDT
"It helps clarify what your main motivation will be to take your HIV medications day after day." Uhh, how about to not die from AIDS? That motivation would work for me if I was ever in that situation.
Comment by: Joto
Mon., May. 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm EDT
I find the premise of this "article" absolutely asinine! The only way that HIV/AIDS will be eradicated is if those infected treat the virus and become non-infectious. The idea that people with HIV should whimsically decide when to start their treatment is irresponsible.
Comment by: Allapat
Sun., May. 26, 2013 at 1:19 am EDT
I was diagnosed in 1992 I've been on meds ever since. I've never had an oppertunisic infection.
My CD4 was as low 12 and now it hasn't dropped below a 1000 in over 10 yrs. I'm very adherent to my meds. You have to be with this kind of illness.
This is something that you have to stay on top of with your docs and know as much as possible. You can still lead a meaningful and productive life with this as long as you stay in control. Find some support outlets, friends, family, even clergy... Find out who's going to be there for you when you need them. Embrace them, as for the others that are still ignorant to this. They will fall by the wayside..... Knowledge is power!!!
I went through all the stages of denial many yrs ago. If you want to live you fight. Meds are so much better now than when I was diagnosed. AZT was really wicked, and had hellacious side effects to it, not to mention taking almost 20 pills a day. Luckily I don't have to take that many anymore. To all the people out there that have this, may you have inner peace, and the strength to keep moving forward. This is a life changing manageable chronic illness. There are a lot worse conditions out there. Stay Strong and try to live a healthy and productive life!!
Comment by: Ken
Thu., May. 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm EDT
#11. Can you afford it? Even with insurance-the cost can be staggering. In the 22 years I have been positive I have had to file bankruptcy twice and also lost my home.
Comment by: Froggy
Sun., May. 12, 2013 at 7:17 am EDT
Now just one question. What is the longest anybody has lived with no treatment ? A CD 4 count ranging from an absolute 4 and up to 12 ? I was told that with my counts something would kill me soon. I needed treatments.
I refused and have not taken them. That was in 97. Today my count is 12 and I am alive and well.
Comment by: Ben
Tue., May. 14, 2013 at 9:09 am EDT Good for you! Medications should be left for last. If u feel good and you CD4 count is fine, why should you start! I do prefer the medications, once i dropped to 250 and my dr. told me to start but i refused and started to take better care of myself and the next test was 475. O_o
This medications stuff is all business.
Comment by: Jean Bosco Bosoko Botokeyande
Wed., May. 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm EDT Hi Froggy,
as a medical doctor treating people with Hiv infection, i always illustrate the following picture for them to realize the urgency of treatment.I tell them to imagine an attractive house without windows and doors but full of important furnitures, ampliances, food stuffs,etc.How long will it survive without thieves, criminals or street dwellers invading it? That's what HIV does to you; it exposes your body to all sorts of invaders: viral, bacterial, and fungal infections which will speed up death. ARV treatment restores your house's doors and windows. Take good care.
Comment by: Forest jack
Thu., May. 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm EDT U are bless praise god
Comment by: Anonymous
Fri., May. 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm EDT
I don't think I'll ever be in the right mind set with taking HIV meds. I was diagnosed on 7-3-12 and I started meds because I was told and I had side effects up until last month. I've switched Drs who have switched my meds but I haven't started them. I probably won't go back on meds until my CD4 drops. Since I've been off my meds I feel a lot better.
I'm not good taking meds, I wasn't a fan of always popping pills.
Comment by: Just Me
Thu., May. 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm EDT I was diagnosed 4-23-11, and immediately went on meds within two weeks. I wanted every part to slow down the progression. I live a very active life, so I make it a habit to take my meds with every dinner. Its programmed now that that is when I take my tablets, and in doing so, I have never missed a dose.
Comment by: Angel
Thu., Jun. 13, 2013 at 8:40 am EDT Taking HIV meds and adhering to it is the best method of fighting HIV. the side effects will resolve with time it is better to have one medical doctor to help u monitor the virus and your immune system. waiting for the cd4 to drop down is not such a good idea as you will be exposed to all kinds of bacteria. you can fight this you only need to be strong and love life
Comment by: Chicie
Wed., Mar. 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm EST
Odd that a gay-oriented blog like AdvanceIndiana has had absolutely nhitong to say about the controversies swirling around ENDA.Of course, it should be noted that all four Hoosier Republican Congressmen are adamantly opposed to any form of ENDA whatsoever - no L, no G, no B and especially above all: no T!
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