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AIDS Diagnosis with Low TCell Count & High Viral Levels
Aug 18, 2013

My brothers is 43 years old, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia which turned out to be PCP and he was diagnosed with AIDS. He was released from the hospital and given medications for the PCP. The Dr told him he probably got AIDS about 2 years ago. He was tested 3 years ago and it was negative. When he was released his tcell count is 30 and and viral levels in the millions. Will he be able to be treated for AIDS and get his levels up/down or should we be expecting the worse? He's not telling us much and there is so much information out there we aren't sure what is correct.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Treatment for HIV infection today is highly effective. Although his CD4 count is very low and he is still at great risk for developing other kinds of infections, HIV treatment can reduce the viral load to undetectable and his CD4 count will increase. We can't predict how much immune system recovery (as measured by an increase in CD4 count) he will have. And because his CD4 count is so low now it will take some time to recover. He will see a quicker response in viral load decline.



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