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Doctor Appointment and Lab Results

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Posted: April 2011

Autumn Preusser

Autumn Preusser

"I'm a 31-year-old transsexual woman living in rural Arkansas with my boyfriend of five years. I enjoy dancing and music, and I really like photography. I am disabled and on SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Right now I'm just learning to live with HIV."

Well, I had my doctor appointment with the infectious disease specialist.

I loved the whole team. They were great. Very caring and sympathetic.

I had a ton of blood drawn, over 13 vials worth. They tested for everything under the sun.

I ended up having to wait quite a while to get my results back. Several weeks actually.

The results were good though:

  • My CD4 count is 456
  • My viral load is 2,077
  • I'm not resistant to any meds
  • My white count is high
  • I'm vitamin D deficient
  • The hepatitis C and A tests were negative
  • I'm immune to hep B

My doctor does want to start me on meds. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but I'm going to move forward and do what they say.

Overall, my counts and everything are A LOT better than I thought they would be. I'm very thankful for that.

My next appointment with him is March 2nd. I guess we will start the meds then.

I'll add more soon,

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