Long term HIV survival. Why is my CD4 so high? Are there a lot of us?
Mar 2, 2013
I am a 49 year old man who has confirmed infection in 1977 and was diagnosed in early 1985. It took a long time to figure out how I was infected, because I was a non IV using virgin when I was diagnosed. At this point it is beside the point. I was asymptomatic until 1995 when I got shingles and thrush. 1996 got full blown PCP with a CD4 of 14 and a Viral load of 189,000. Started meds in 96, but the CD4 stayed <400 with VL of ~5000 until 2000. In 2000, I changed meds to HAART and my CD4 went to 1200 with an undetectable VL. It has stayed between 1290 to 1400 ever since. 3 months ago it went high to 1580 with my CD8 going high at >1800, and VL is still undetectable at <12. Is this unique? I can't seem to find anything like it anywhere. My small-town Dr. says "just be happy". Is this a blood disorder? Could it be cancer? Could the meds cause this? Am I whining? My concerns are ultra long term HIV effects and 17 years on meds long term effects. Am I alone?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
You are not alone. We have patients in the clinic who have been infected for over 20-25 years. HIV medications work. How many people there are in your situation is currently unknown.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.