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Very Advanced HIV or AIDS?
Dec 17, 1999

I was just told that my Dad was tested ( Aug 99 ) and found to have very advanced HIV, his CD4 cell count was 40,and a very low fraction of 5%.His viral load was 96200.

He also has mild oral candidiasis,oral hairy leukoplakia and shotty nodes in right axilla.

I want to help my Dad and need to understand how sick he is, my GP told me he is gravely ill, is this true?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

He does indeed have advanced HIV disease, and by definition has AIDS (CD4 count<200 or 14%). I would not consider him gravely ill. With effective treatment for HIV infection, his CD4 count can improve dramatically and his viral load can become undetectable. This will make him feel better and get rid of some of the symptoms he has like thrush.

MH



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