|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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