|sore throat/head cold and viral load
Oct 31, 2000
Hello. My boyfriend's viral load is around 50,000, his t cell count about 370 and he's going on a Combivir/Sustiva combo next month. This week he has a sore throat and the symptoms of a head cold that many people are gettig this fall. He's worried that this cold is going to significantly increase his vl and decrease his t-cell count. How badly can a common cold affect him, knowing his numbers and otherwise good health?? Thanks
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
There is no data to my knowledge about how the common cold affects these numbers. We do know that serious infections and vaccinations can increase viral load by 2-100 times. However, these are usually transient increases, and most people get back to baseline in about 4 weeks. When people go on HIV therapy, we usually don't see these increases at all. I wouldn't worry and make sure he starts his therapy. MH
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Burning Urethra After Fingering Worried I Have HIV
- Diarrhea After Anal With Condom Worried I Have HIV
- Itchy Rash After Giving Oral Sex Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Loose Stool After Anal Sex Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Rectal Bleeding After Licking Vagina Worried I Have HIV
- Runny Nose After Sex With Stripper Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.