Quotes. This page is part of Pocket ART, an easy guide to HIV treatment. My viral load was , and my CD4 was less than Therefore I had to We are both HIV positive and not using condoms is a special part of our relationship. Relationship between CD4 count, viral burden, and quality of life over time in time are associated with lower initial viral load and with increases in CD4 counts. All quotes were used in as part of the i-Base Introduction to ART. My viral load was , and my CD4 was less than Therefore I We are both HIV positive and not using condoms is a special part of our relationship.
I had nightmares the first night, but these went away. Even though I took the pill at night, I could not sleep properly.
Answering the AIDS Denialists: CD4 (T-Cell) Counts, and Viral Load
Perhaps because of poor sleep I felt agitated during the day. Sometimes I need to work late into the night, but the dizziness after taking my pill would prevent me from doing so. I continued for a few weeks, but was unhappy with the effect the pill was having on my life.
So I switched the efavirenz to raltegravir. My life quickly came back to normal. I am sleeping properly. No sweats, no tossing and turning, no insomnia, no weird dreams, no dizziness, no falling over when I go to the bathroom!
I am much happier, even though this means I take a twice daily treatment. My first reaction was to put off starting therapy for as long as possible. I tried to improve my immune system by stopping smoking and using supplements, until I realised that my best bet was to use ARVs. They are the only way to ensure my long-term survival.
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After 8 months of resisting treatment I eventually started ARVs. I do not say that I gave in but that I became more clever! Looking back, I wish I had started sooner. I still wonder whether the three years I spent waiting for my CD4 count to fall would have been happier and more active ones if I had started treatment at a higher CD4 count, when my doctor recommended this.
I discussed the pros and cons of each drug with the nurse but most of it went in one ear and out of the other. I needed time to find out about the different drugs and side effects, but with a low CD4 count I needed to start treatment soon. The information I got from the clinic was detailed and complex. I had a good network of positive friends and got sound advice in terms I could understand.
Over the past 18 years, I have seen treatments become easier to take with far less side effects. HIV treatment is not rocket science. You can easily learn about it. This gives me the confidence that I should live a long and happy life, just with a manageable illness. I talk with my doctor and I take an active role in my choice of treatment.
I always say if I have problems with side effects or adherence. I was confused about how my clinic worked, even when I was on treatment. It was tremendously helpful. I was very scared of treatment. I did not think it worked cause I had just arrived from Zimbabwe. I came to the UK after my husband died and I needed treatment immediately.
I told my doctor that I did not want to be on d4T and ddI and he laughed because these drugs were no longer used in the UK. It is amazing what the disparity of wealth does to countries. I never used to read about the meds I was given but after my experience with efavirenz which I changed I now read every detail on every drug. Now I tell everyone that the drugs are fantastic because they have given me a new lease of life.
Get involved in choosing your treatment. It needs to fit to your life, schedules and routines as much as possible. Being able to share with my relatives and close friends has helped me a lot. My boyfriend always asks me if I took the pills on time. When I started, no one would have imagined the choice we have now. I now feel truly optimistic about the future.
As new drugs become available, choices will become even more individualised. A good relationship with our doctors and nurses is important: Part of the reason I started combination therapy was hearing the experiences of other people living with HIV and seeing how well they looked. I now run treatment workshops with African people in the UK. People want to know more about their treatments and want to learn.
Diarrhoea and insomnia added to my depression, anxiety and agoraphobia. Fatigue from lack of sleep and anxiety have at times made me reclusive. I found psychological side effects are extremely hard to describe or quantify to a doctor. It is definitely better to ask for help early. Asking for help at a time of crisis might mean a waiting lists to see a counsellor. Anti depressants can help but sometimes have their own side effects.
It was great at getting my viral load reduced, but the side effects were too difficult and I switched to etravirine. Within days this was like lifting dark clouds and the sun coming out. I developed a rash and called my consultant immediately. I was told to go to the clinic and then to stop taking Septrin. So this side effect was from the antibiotic and not the HIV drugs. After two years my consultant changed my drugs because I was putting on weight. I take my medication everyday, and the experience I have with these drugs is awesome, I call them good side effects.
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I used to have bad side effects. Not only because of my physical appearance but also because the pressure from inside and the feeling of being full were very unpleasant. I decided to do something about it. I changed treatment, and my diet — more fruit and veg.
It is the success that comes along with adherence. The victory after all those days you feel like the drugs were a burden. With this, young women can lead a life without worry of infecting their partners.
For the first time, I see I am not afraid of infecting someone else because I am virally suppressed! I can finally have a fear-free relationship. I am the safest relationship any guy can have! It can help raise broader public awareness of HIV, reduce stigma towards people living with HIV, undermine self-stigma, increase HIV testing, motivate early initiation of treatment and improve treatment adherence.
So far, 60 organisations, including eleven state organisations, have signed on to the statement in the 14 countries of the region. Nonetheless, there are very real barriers to treatment in the region, including frequent stock outs of medication. In many low- and middle-income countries, viral load monitoring is not routinely available, making it impossible for an individual to be confident that they really are undetectable.
John Blandford of the CDC said that the campaign was conceived as an intervention that would both support changes in HIV care and reduce stigma. The information has been shared via social media, in community meetings and through press coverage. The community advocacy has helped build support among people with HIV and healthcare practitioners for a switch from CD4 to viral load monitoring.
Since the mid s, data showing the inverse relationship between the level of virus and the rate of HIV transmission have been accumulating. Nonetheless, Fauci did not feel he needed to wait for these results to state: If the hypothesis is that HIV can be transmitted when a person is taking effective antiretroviral therapy, then the null hypothesis is that HIV cannot be transmitted in these circumstances.
In science, it is the null hypothesis which a researcher aims to disprove or falsify.