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Always Aids?

Jan 17, 2001

I don't really know who to ask this question to, I hope you can help. I'm hiv+ since end of 1984 and I was diagnosed as having Aids in 1997, my cd4 count was 40 and I had an Avium-infection. After starting treatment and an uphill struggle I'm now in the position where my cd4 is over 600 and I no longer have opportunistic infections. My question is: am I still an Aids patient or am I back to being just hiv+ ?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

For reporting purposes, your lowest CD4 count defines the fact you had/have AIDS. From a biological perspective, you no longer have AIDS. You have regained sufficient immunologic function back, that you are no longer in danger of developing AIDS defining illnesses/infections.


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