undetectible viral load with decreasing t cells
Aug 6, 2004
I am currently on Sustiva, Epivir and Viread and have an undectible viral load. However, t cells are continue to decrease below 200. Also haveHepatitis C and need an operation. Surgeon will not procede unless tcells increase. How can I increase tcells? Thank you
Response from Dr. McGovern
This is a very difficult question. It sounds like you are doing a great job taking your HIV medications since your viral load is not detectable. Sometimes it takes a while for your T cells to recover. If your T cells are going down but your T cell percentage is staying the same or increasing, then maybe something else is causing a mild decrease in your total white count. If your total white count is going down, this can cause your T cell count to also fall. However, if your HIV disease is in good control, I would expect your T cell percentage to be stable or to be increasing.
Discuss these possibilities with your physician to get a better handle on why your T count may be lower than expected.
Your surgeons are worried about surgical infections, but if your T cell percentage is good this would be reassuring to them. Dr. McGovern
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