Mar 30, 2014
My Cd4% is 18%, i dont know about my viral load because they do only the cd4 in my country... I started medications about a month ago, How soon will my cd4% go up to the normal range and what is my life expetancy? I am on Efavirenz....I will also like to ask if smoking cigarette and intake of alcohol have any effect on my HIV meds. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks
Response from Dr. Holodniy
You will begin to see an increase in CD4 percent within the first 1-3 months. Whether you will achieve a normal CD4% (normal range is 30-50%) is difficult to predict. In general, alcohol and cigarette smoking do not affect your HIV meds, although there could be an interaction in your liver, as both alcohol and efavirenz are metabolized by the liver. All efforts should be made to stop cigarette smoking anyway.
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