May 27, 2002
Dear Dr, even though I have been HIV+ for 16 years, I've had very little medical help and don't understand much about my advanced illness. I am female and I have diabetes, something that mimmics sjogren's syndrome, anaemia, chronic conjunctivitis, thrush, swollen lower legs, hair loss, prominent eye sockets, huge stomach and breasts, crumbling feeling in my joints, bloody, loose diarrhoea, fatigue and more. I had some immune tests done recently and it showed the B cells had fallen below normal and the CD8's had fallen to the border line. What does this mean? Someone told me this happens in the final stages of HIV.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
You don't indicate what your CD4 count or viral load are, or if you are receiving HIV treatment. Thus, it is very hard to interpret these blood count changes in context. The symptoms you describe could be the result of many kinds of diseases.
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