Wondering if we fall into the immune compromised category as described by the CDC if our CD 4 count is in the range of normal. It probably doesn't matter for me since I'm in my 60's and have kidney disease which both put me in the high risk category for the Coronavirus. Also I have heard through the HIV grapevine that being on AIDS meds might offer some protection.
I live in Seattle, the epicenter of the virus for the US so looking for as much information to, I guess, convince myself I'll be… read more
I'm heading to Asia for a month and have to fly with Air China. They said on the news that they are treating it with ARTs.
I thought wow Thank God I'm already taking one. Kills to birds with one stone. I guess there are benefits to being positive undetectable after all.
Does anyone feel the same way?
I read that they (can't remember which country it was, China?) were going to use Kaletra to combat it. So it's just that drug and not all ARTs I believe. I was on Kaletra for ten years. Horrible drug… read more
I have no idea why or how but according to my viral load test my VL went from undetectable to 93. I have never missed my biktarvy. None of it makes sense.
My doctor mentioned possibly switching from biktarvy to something else to see if another medication would “jump start” my cd4. Now she may really want to since my VL is increasing.
Have you ever read the pamphlet on your medications?
Some medications you can just take them without food.
Other medications you have to take them with food.
for the medications that you have to take with food do you know what kind of food you have to eat to make that drug work at its maximum?
Did you know that some HIV medications work better when you eat fatty foods?
It's important to read those pamphlets that come with the medications then you know how to actually take your medications.
Since being on the new drug, I have gained a significant amount of weight. To the tune of 60 pounds. On top of that, I’ve experienced weird itching all over my body.
Has anyone else gone through this? I don’t want to be on this if this is a side effect.
Taking meds daily at the right time can keep up undetectable. For some people, after awhile that/those pill/pills can get frustrating. Have you or had you, ever decided to stop taking your meds? If you stopped, are you still off them? If you stopped and restarted, what made you restart? Have you ever thought about it but never did it?
Used to be in the old days back in the 80's and 90's HIV was one community fighting on the front lines. Watching our friends dying, fighting with the government for the President to just say the word HIV and fund monies for HIV support, and encourage Pharmaceutical companies to begin clinical trials with new meds other than AZT and DDI which was all that was available. In 1996 clinical trials for protease inhibitors began lives being saved that would have died, me included,, which started the… read more
HIV therapies are a must to keep the virus in check. Keeping the time you take your pill(s) at the same time everyday will help keep you at an undetectable level. Besides taking your HIV regimen religiously every day, do you tend to lag behind on any other medications you take? I take my HIV pill at 8pm every night. But my neurapathy pill, inflammatory pills, lung medication I tend to lack on sometimes. I have alarms set to take my meds, but sometimes I just don't take them. BESIDES your HIV… read more