low t-cell/high viral load in newly infected individual
Nov 29, 1999
My brother tested positive to hiv a month ago, and is showing a cd4 of 50, viral load of 200,000. He also suffers numbness of his feet/hands. The doctors suggested he must have been infected 10 years ago, but he did have a negative test result in 1994. Could his results be because of an aggressive strain of the virus given his earlier negative test? How successful are meds in reversing these results? (he has no other symptoms at the moment except diarrhea and fatique)
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It is possible to have been infected 5 years ago and have a CD4 count of 50 now. His doctors are referring to studies which suggest that people on average lose about 50-70 CD4 cells per year of infection. Treatment should be very effective in reducing viral load and increasing CD4 cells to at least 200 or more. MH
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