|AIDS in under a year
Jan 14, 2007
I am 27 years old and was told in May of 06 that I am positive. The labs at that point were vl 65,000 and CD4 350ish. At the first of January my vl was 50,000 and my CD4 was 164. I am pretty certain I was infected December of 05. I know for sure I was not infected in June of 2003. My question is this: Why are my CD4's so low so fast? Most articles I read say it takes years to dip this low on average. I started Atripla and Bactrim just a few days ago and plan on taking care of myself. Is this normal? Does this mean I could be in for some serious trouble sooner than the "average"?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Your case is not unique but does not occur commonly. Since you have started HIV treatment, you have arrested the process and should see a significant increase in your CD4 count very soon. That should take you out of the trouble zone for a very long time.
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