|How good is my immune system?
Feb 28, 2000
I was diagnosed HIV positive in December 1997. I must have been infected 2 years before that, as I had had a test and it was negative (stupidly, I didn't retest after 3 months)in late 1995.
My CD4 count has always remained above 500, and my viral load has never risen above 1500. I am not on any drug regime. I attend regular three monthly check ups and try to live healthy, although I smoke. The only symptoms that could possibly be related to HIV infection are that I get IBS (but this is in my family anyway,) and once I got a herpes like rash near my eye, which went in a week. What does this tell you about the status of my immune system?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Your immune system is pretty good thus far. That low, but detectable viral load is a bit high for my comfort. Most people with long term nonprogression (>10 years of infection) have viral loads <500, and CD4 >500. As long as the CD4 cells are hanging tight, probably nothing needs to be done. If the start to drop, treatment should be started.
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