Oct 5, 2008
year 2007 it all started.i got admitted for kidney inflamation and then the next 4 months dec-jan2008) i had PCP-pneumocyctis carini infection in lungs.its also teh time where i was diagnosed positive.i didnt start taking arv until july.then august i have active CMV retinitis.its an AIDS defining condition right? in that span of time, why it happened so fast? i got only admitted and started getting sick last quarter of 2007 and now im already in AIDS stage? can you explain?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
You don't indicate what your CD4 counts were, but likely when diagnosed, the CD4 count was < 200. That puts you at risk for all sorts of opportunistic infections including the two you had. So by definition, you have AIDS. Although you were diagnosed with HIV during this time, that does not mean you were infected at that time. So, you could have been infected long before that and not known it and your CD4 count continued to decline from a normal range to where it is today.
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