t cell count 34
Feb 26, 2009
i have an cousin who gotvery ill he has been HIV positive for yearsfound out he has full blown AIDS with a t cell count of 34 just started meds how long will he live
Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for your post.
Your cousin has quite advanced AIDS- CD4 counts below 200 qualify, he is well below this level.
While his health isn't a guarantee, current treatments, when carefully selected and optimally taken can restore health and immune function to the vast majority of persons who have access. As such, I counsel all of my newly diagnosed patients (advanced or not) to expect a normal, or near-normal life span.
The key thing for you to do at this point is to provide emotional and spiritual support to your cousin-- make sure that he gets to his doctor's appointments and takes his medications with as perfect adherence as humanly possible.
Best of health to him and please feel free to write back anytime.
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