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when does one get sick?
Jan 20, 2005

I am wondering, when does one with HIV get sick? At which level? What VL or CD counts?

Response from Dr. Young

In general terms, simply having a high viral load does not result in sickness. By contrast, persons with lower CD4 cell counts (definitely below 200, though some are symptomatic with numbers in the 300-range) are commonly symptomatic.

The time from initial infection to symptoms varies from person to person (and at a rate which seems to depend on viral load), though is usually measured in years. BY

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