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CD4 DROPPED
Feb 19, 2012

MY CD4 COUNT IS 12 AND VIRAL LOAD IS 0 CAN I STILL MAKE IT,IM ON PURBAC AND ATRIPLA PLEASE HELP VERY WOORIED

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

You do indeed have a quite serious medical situation with a CD4 count well below the AIDS-defining level of 200. As such, it's good to hear that you're on an excellent treatment for HIV (Atripla) and for prevention of certain types of opportunistic infections (trimethoprim-sulfa; sold under various names, Bactrim, Septra, Cotrimoxazole and Purbac).

If you focus on your adherence to medications and medical appointments, you can expect your health and CD4 to gradually improve- perhaps as much as 100 to 200 CD4 cells in the first year.

Perhaps our other readers can share their experiences on medications with you and provide a word or two of encouragement.

Be well, BY



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