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Ts Danger Zone

Dec 24, 2001

Hi: I recently discovered I had thrush and promptly went to my doctor. I discovered my T cell count was 26, after 4 years of it being well over 500 (no meds). I am now a standard med regimen (ABC,AZT,3DT,Sustiva) and feel fine. Also on prophylaxis antibiodics (Bactrim, Zithromax). My question is: With Ts that low, how worried should I be about getting a serious opportunistic infection? Will these antibiodics keep me out of danger until my Ts recover and viral load goes down? Thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

That is an extremely low CD4 count. You are at great risk for OIs, although the antibiotics you are taking will protect you from getting PCP, MAC, or toxoplasmosis. That 4 drug HIV regimen should get you out of the danger zone within a couple of months. MH

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