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T-cell & Viral Load

Dec 8, 2000

Dr. A member of my family tested positive for the HIV virus 2 weeks ago. Is T-cell count is at 375 and viral load 5960. He is currently healthy, however, the doctor told him yesterday that he gave him a year to live. I really don't understand why a doctor would say that. Do these numbers indicate that he is in full blown AIDS now? With a viral load number as low as his is, isn't it better low than high?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Wow! Not sure what the doctor was saying. Those numbers indicate he is in very good shape. AIDS is defined as a CD4 count of < 200. He is not even close. That viral load is in the relatively low range. I would probably recommend treatment given those numbers.


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