cotromoxaxole and HIV
Aug 7, 2012
I have noted people with cd4 500 and above put on cotri is it okay, can Hiv be isolate in a person with normal cd4 count
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
If I understand your questions:
1) Yes, cotrimoxazole (Bactrim, TMP/SMX) is an antibiotic that is commonly administered to people HIV+ and HIV-. It is also recommended as a first-line preventative treatment in HIV+ persons with CD4s less than 200 in order to prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia.
2) Absolutely. In people not on HIV treatment, HIV can be detected in body fluids- independent of CD4 cell count.
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