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    Those of us on borrowed time get to be candid ;)

    Kidding aside, that's 45 years in which the possibility of real and significant improvement in treatment, including gene therapy and other "functional cures" have a high likelihood.

    There's already an improved one a day medication, like Atripla, but with less side effects.  I know someone who started on it and went to undetectable in two weeks.

    The biggest threat to my health right now is Republicans and their fucking Austerity.

    We have the elite, smart people on our side.

    by fearisthemindkiller on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:43:44 PM PDT

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    •  There is that possibility (3+ / 0-)
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      FogCityJohn, corvo, Cassandra Waites

      Though I've seen mixed reviews on the newest multiple treatment; I believe it's called Stribild. It includes Viread which I am no longer able to tolerate; apparently the latest study (there was a diary here about it a couple of weeks ago) noted a fairly high potential for kidney damage which is precisely why I went off of Viread.

      •  And it's expensive too. (2+ / 0-)
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        I've heard different things, but Stribild costs somewhere between $28,000 and $34,000 for a year's supply.  

        OT:  I may have to go off of Truvada because of kidney problems.  Do you mind telling me what drug you were switched to?  I'm seeing the doctor tomorrow.

        "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

        by FogCityJohn on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:08:40 PM PDT

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        •  Currently... (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm only on Sustiva and Isentress. This is somewhat atypical I know (my doctor is famous for her unusual treatment regimens). I'll get new numbers in a few weeks; we've talked about possibly adding Maraviroc.

          •  My doc is talking about Epzicom. (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm a little nervous about switching regimens.  I've been doing really well on this one, with the exception of this kidney issue.  Guess I'll find out tomorrow how serious it is and whether Epzicom is even an option.  Some people have bad reactions to it.

            "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

            by FogCityJohn on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:03:04 PM PDT

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            •  A combo of Ziagen and Epivir (2+ / 0-)
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              Epivir is a very old medication, originally called 3TC. I was taken off of Ziagen simultaneously with Viread. I'm not entirely sure why my doctor did that but then again I'd been taking it for quite some time (though not as long as I've been on Sustiva). It may not be compatible with Isentress.

              Here is some info about Epzicom.

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