Dec 13, 2004
With the understanding that anything is possible--can an initial CD4 count of less than 200 & a VL greater than 55 000 indicate a greater chance of developing AIDS within 10 years? Are there any certain circumstances that should be taken into account when determining the life expectency of HIVers?
Response from Dr. Horwath
A CD4 count of less than 200 meets the CDC definition of AIDS all by itself. Life expectancy is affected by many variables, including antiretroviral treatment, age, history of other medical problems and a variety of other factors.
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