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Oct 25, 2008

my question is, if a person is diagnosed with AIDS ,at one point in there life, can they take a good regimen, increase their CD4 count, and decrease thier viral load, can they progress back to HIV? (and this person has no oppertunist infections.)

Response from Dr. Young

Thank you for your post.

This terminology is a cause of frequent confusion. Once diagnosed with AIDS, a person carries this diagnosis. On the other hand, from a risk perspective, such a person on a successful drug regimen will increase their CD4 count above 200. After such time, their risk of having a new AIDS-related complication is very, very low; though we generally don't forget about their previous AIDS status.

In either case, HIV or AIDS, the person is HIV-infected.

Hope this helps,


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