always described as having aids
Nov 28, 2004
Hi, i have a question! My husband was diagnosed has having AIDS last Aug, his CD4 count was 14 and viral load very high, i can't remember the exact number. My question is, even though he is on meds and doing really well on them(he is due to have his labs done next month), even if his viral load becomes undectectable and CD4 count goes way up, will he always be considered as having AIDS or is there a point where he can be called hiv+, just curious! You guys are so great, thank u.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
By definition, anyone with a CD4 count < 200 or 14%, or who has one of the many AIDS-defining illnesses has AIDS. Many people who go on to start treatment will achieve CD4 counts greater than 200 and therefore by definition don't have AIDS from an immune system status point of view, which is the most important definition anyway.
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