|AIDS to HIV
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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