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Confusion over diagnosis
Nov 5, 2006

I was diagnosed as being HIV positive with a CD4 count of 72. That was six months ago. Since then I have been on Truvada and Sustiva and my CD4 counts on my last labs were 226. Considering that I have read that an AIDS diagnosis is given when CD4 counts go beneath 200, what is my current prognosis? Am I still considered an AIDS diagnosis? If my CD4 counts continue to climb and I am not sick, what then?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You had AIDS for historical purposes. Given where your CD4 count is now, and its potential for further increases, you are not in the same risk category anymore for developing opportunistic infections like those people who still have a CD4 count < 200.



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