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Sicknesses related to HIV
Jan 11, 2005

Dear Dr

I visited a doctor who advised me that HIV can cause sicknesses even if your CD4 count is still high. How far true is that? Would those sicknesses be serious in a way that could lead to death. I always thought if your CD4 count is high you are still fairly safe from sicknesses.

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Young

Yes, persons with HIV, irrespective of CD4 cell count can have a variety of illnesses. The vast majority of persons with normal CD4 cell counts and HIV infection don't have major health issues, but a small percentage of persons do have more serious issues.

So, your doctor is correct-- I'd advise you (and all those with HIV) to get periodic health monitoring (though clinic visits and laboratory assessment), even if their CD4 cell counts are "high".


i was just diagnosed
High viral load. Should I do something?

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