I was diagnosed HIV+ in 2004. I did research on alternative therapies for HIV, and was asymptomatic for five years. I refused medication, stopped seeing my doctor, and began treating myself as if HIV was a "harmless retrovirus" that required no extra attention.
In 2009 I began to have horrible itchy skin patches similar to Psoriasis or eczema. Less than a year later I was hospitalized with a severe case of Pnuemocystis Pnuemonia (PCP). I discovered in the hospital that my viral load was over 300,000 and my CD4 count was >10. I had lost almost twenty pounds, and was staring death straight in the face.
As someone who was taken in by AIDS dissident theories, I truly hope that you find a doctor that you trust and who will monitor your T-Cells. Do not underestimate the HIV virus. Although I am sure that alternative treatments may be helpful, they are quite expensive and not covered by any medical insurance. Since starting my medication, I have gained back the weight I lost and more (which is good since I have always been skinny). I have more energy, I tolerate my once a day meds beautifully, and have found a doctor who I trust. My viral load is now undetectable and I use what I have learned about alternative therapies to assist my body in rebuilding my immune system and boosting my CD4s to a healthy level.
While in the hospital, my doctors told me something that I will never forget. One of my younger doctors told me that no one should be passing away from HIV anymore; that we have moved past that.
I wish you all the best, and please feel free to message me with any questions you have about treatment. Keep your head up and know that there is hope and effective proven treatments.