|Final Stages of Aids
Nov 20, 2007
My 35 year old son was diagnosed with HIV several/many years ago. He has been on again and off again with taking his medication for years. Most recently (only a few months) he has been seeing a doctor and has been taking medication. Unfortunately, he now has full blown Aids with a T-Cell count of only four (4). He is in constant pain, has Tuberculosis, coughs a lot, has no appetitie, vomits everyday, has Thrush, and as he puts it, "I'm just miserable all of the time." I have read many of the articles here but would appreciate a detailed list of the final stages of advanced Aids. That is my real question. However, what symptoms do I look for? Is it too late to hope for a healthier son after his years of neglecting his health?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
I'm very sorry to hear about your son; having tuberculosis and HIV together can complicate treatment management. This is not an irreversible condition at all, but he does need to be on effective TB treatment and soon after starting his TB medications, his doctors need to find effective HIV treatments.
As for the final stages of AIDS, it's very individual- much depends on the nature of the complications that the patient has. It certainly sounds like your son is quite ill- hopefully these many symptoms can improve with treatment.
Time and adherence are critical. With current medications for HIV, even patients with drug resistant virus have real chances at improved health.
Best of luck to you, BY
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