The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

low cd4 high vl meds?
Apr 4, 2005

Hello, my roommate believes that he is too sick to start taking HIV meds. His last cd4 was 34 his vl >750,000. Is he correct? Thank you so much for any help. You guys are fabulous.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

While your friend has a very low CD4 count and very high viral load, I'd disagree with the idea that he's too sick to start on HIV medications. There are a number of recent studies that show that people like him have a very good likelihood of having HIV virus suppression and immune health reconstitution.

So, talk to your friend-- let him know about this one doctor's opinion on this point. Feel free to write back (or have him write) with any questions, any time.

Good luck, thanks for your complements too. BY

Waiting for liver enzymes to get better before starting treatment
Lowest ever, highest ever question

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint