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T cell & viral load #s

May 5, 2013

I was diagnosed w/HIV a week ago. My TCL is 179 & VL 52000. Does this mean I'm close to or may have already developed AIDS?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

In someone with HIV infection, a diagnosis of AIDS usually means they have a CD4 < 200 or a CD4% of < 14%, or they have developed one or more opportunistic infections. The HIV viral load level does not factor into the definition. So yes, with a CD4 count of 179, that means someone would have AIDS. The good news is starting HIV treatment now will reverse all this. Your viral load will become undetectable in a few weeks to months and your CD4 count will increase significantly above 200, whereby your immune system will recover to a point you no longer have AIDS.

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