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CD4 count is 760 what is my viral load

Oct 25, 2016

Hi recently I tested and found HIV positive and I did not had any unprotected sex since last 9 months I don't know how is it positive. I had once unprotected with my wife is there any chance with one time sex she can get infected we have one baby boy 5 months old can we do breast feeding or we need to stop. my age is 33 now how long will I live. When I consulted doctor he said now treatment is not required when to start the treatment . Please suggest what best way to live long life what are at home precocious I need to take so that it will not transmit to my family .

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Sorry to learn about your recent diagnosis. I (and the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services Panel) disagree with your doctor- these organizations' evidence-based treatment guidelines recommend HIV treatment initiation for all people living with HIV. One's CD4 count is not a critical factor in this recommendations, as the risk of serious health threats (like TB, cancer or AIDS or death) is significantly reduced with treatment, even in people without symptoms or those with high CD4 counts.

People who initiate treatment (especially those who start before serious illness) can have normal life spans with high quality of life. HIV medications can eliminate transmission to others- having an undetectable viral load on treatment essentially eliminates the risk of sexual transmission. More than anything else, this is the best way to reduce risk of transmission to others.

Today's treatments are very effective, durable and rarely cause significant side effects; most treatments are dosed once-daily, with one (or sometimes two or three) pills. #HIVtreatmentworks

Beyond HIV treatment, staying engaged in your health care, preventive medical interventions (like annual flu and periodic pneumonia vaccinations; cancer and mental health screenings) can ensure that you live a long, healthy and happy life.

Be well, BY



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