Hello All! I am 26 and was also recently diagnosed 3-1-2011. My initial CD4:438 and VL:63,000 . While I found that this was sort of shocking, I thought I would have been much higher. I figure that I have been positive now for about 9 months since my last negative test. I also know where it originated from my former partner. I didn't waste anytime I immediately got into a great care coordinator and got setup on Ryan White and other assistance programs. I am very lucky that we have these options available . It was suggested that I start my medication now as the threshold is now typically 500. It made more sense to not waste time with a one pill a day option, Atripla. Whew I took it at 11am this morning for the first time and I see why they say for you to take it PM. Today I think I realized this is real when I seen the size of the pills. I am still having a hard time coming to terms. My partner of 3 years was positive, but I thought I was invincible. I am still having some issues with coming to terms with my options as for dating. While I didn't judge my former partner its not that common. I also have learned to keep my mouth shut on telling people my status on a need to know basis and of course family and close friends. I have been looking for an outlet and I hope this can be one for now. I would say that I have touched many bases in a month, I have already done a lot in a months time. Just wanted to say hello and give a little background.
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