Nov 28, 2010
doctor said my CD4 is 10 an viral load 70million,i dont understand please explain,i am naive.
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Your lab tests are quite concerning. Your CD4 count of 10 is evidence of very severe immune deficiency. Normal CD4 counts range from 350-1500, AIDS is defined as having a CD4 count below 200.
A viral load of 70 million is also very high and predicts rapid decline in immune function.
In any event, such values should be confirmed (by repeat testing)if possible. If follow up testing confirms such low CD4 count levels, it's time to start on combination HIV treatments as well as trimethoprim/sulfa (Bactrim, Septra, Cotrimoxazole) and azithromycin (Zithromax) to prevent certain types of AIDS complications.
Please feel free to write back and be well, BY
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