The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Hell YES (Today Is Mine)

January 3, 2014

Start off by saying this has been a very long day so I am enjoying my Friday evening like any other old man. I am in bed by 2100!

As I told all you fine folks yesterday, I had my first ID appointment of the year today. I was a bit nervous about it due to not really knowing any of my lab results since starting Stribild back in late Sept. I was due for an appointment in Dec but the clinic had to reschedule me and today was the first time they could get me in.

Well the results are in ... (drumroll please) ... I AM UNDETECTABLE! The lab that the VA uses can read >20 so anything under 20 they consider to be undetectable. And the news gets better ... Since starting Stribild my CD4 count has gone from 636 in Sept to 1000 when my labs were taken in early Dec. This really just made me feel so great to know that my body was responding so good to my medication. I have had been worrying about this in the back of my mind since I started. I was worried that since I have a resistance to Sustiva, then I might have a resistence to other meds as well.

I figured while I was at it I wanted to make sure I had a clean bill of health to start the year off with. I asked my ID doc to do a full STD/STI work up while I was in the office. I had to give blood, urine, and have 2 anal swabs. My ID doc suggested I have an anal pap smear which is used to test for HPV. He has been suggesting it for like a year now and I kept putting it off because ... well we all know things like that are awkward. But I figured since I was having a full work up I might as well get it over with. To be honest it was not as bad as I was fearing, just another swab.

So with all that great news I also got registered for classes today. I had to leave the VA and drive about 2 hours to school because Monday is the last day to get registered. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, but I still ended up getting all the classes I needed for the semester. All my classes are on Tuesday and Thursday which I like because I get long weekends.

So as you can see it has been a long day and I am physically and mentally drained, but it was well worth it. Just to get that bit of news is like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Now looking back I am not sure why I was so scared to start meds, I should have done it awhile back.

I have a feeling I am going to sleep good tonight, that is if I can come down from this high I have been riding since I found out. So I bid you all a good night.

Visit Brian's live blog at

Send Brian an email.

Read Brian's blog, AMarineAndHIV.

Get email notifications every time Brian's blog is updated.

This article was provided by TheBody.
See Also
6 Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds
Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment
More Personal Accounts of Staying Adherent to HIV/AIDS Medications


Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:

Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:


The content on this page is free of advertiser influence and was produced by our editorial team. See our advertising policy.