Diagnosed as HIV positive in May 2009
Sep 6, 2009
My husband was diagnosed as HIV positive in May. His Viral load was 'lower than detectable" and his CD4 count was 181. He was given anti retroviral treatment immediately. What do thses lab results show? he is taking the meds at the same time each day.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It is a bit unusual for someone to have a low CD4 count like that and have an undetectable HIV viral load in the absence of HIV treatment. His CD4 count is < 200 and so by definition means he had AIDS or very significant impairment of his immune system that would make him susceptible to serious opportunistic infections. The good news is he started HIV treatment and he should begin to see an increase in the CD4 count very soon.
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