Oct 2, 2010
if someone cd4 count is 150.... will they have side effects or be pefectly normal
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Someone with a CD4 count of 150 has very serious immune system compromise and meets laboratory criteria for AIDS. Such people are at very significant risk for infectious and malignant complications of AIDS.
As for medications, most current medications are very well tolerated in the large majority of individuals. That said, both medication- and HIV-related side effects increase in rate in persons with lower CD4 levels.
In any event, this person should be working towards starting on HIV combination treatment and an antibiotic (trimethoprim/sulfa) to prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia. Once started (and adhered to), I'd expect that HIV viral loads will reach undetectable levels and health (and long-term prognosis) will improve. Most patients starting on treatment today can expect normal, or near-normal life spans.
I hope this helps.
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