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t cell count

Apr 30, 2006

dear doctor, if you have never had any treatments for hiv or aids and you go to the doctor and your t cell count is 24, what does that mean? and how long on average does someone live with a t cell count this low?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A CD4 count of 24 indicates an AIDS diagnosis and very advanced HIV infection. It means a person is at a very significant risk of developing serious opportunistic infections and possibly death. Without treatment of any kind, one has a high likelihood of dying within the next few months to a year. HIV treatment is indicated ASAP and can prevent these complications.

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