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cd4 slowly responding, confusing

Mar 21, 2010

im a 63 yr old african lady in south africa living with hiv. i was diagnosed last yr feb n started treatment in march,cd4 was 140, vl 5400,was started on truvada n efavirens with bactrim 960 mg dly.6/12 later in sept cd4 was 209, vl 80, then 6/12 in march this yr cd4 was 213, vl below 40. im v religious with taking my meds. ive regained my weight back n look n feel healthy, dont drink or smoke, also eat v healthily and ive been abstaining since my diagnosis. im happy with my viral load response, what i dont get is my cd4 response. im also taking a multivitamin n an immune booster called procidin. im not sure if maybe the immune booster is doing me harm, my doctor says atleast my cd4 is not declining but im not happy with his responce. pls help, i have nowhere to turn to n it is stressing me. please help. stressed granny

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I understand your concern. Your viral load response to treatment has been excellent and your CD4 count response is a bit below average. I would give it some more time. As we age, the CD4 count increases may be smaller than in younger people, but you should see an additional increase over time. Keep doing what you are doing.

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