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Will I Recover From My Serious Drop in T Cell?
Apr 24, 2014

Last year I lost my job and my health insurance was way too expensive. So I stopped my HIV meds thinking it would only be temporary. Within 8 months I became seriously ill, with PCP. My T cells dropped to 18 and I was hospitalized for an extended period. After 5 months, I am much better now and back again on insurance and meds. My T cells are making improvements, but will I ever be fully recovered? I am still having a hard time walking, breathing properly, and functioning.

Response from Mr. Vergel

It takes a while to recover from PCP and its related weight loss and fatigue. But as your reach undetectable viral load, your CD4 cells will most probably climb again. First line ARV studies show people gaining 100-150 cells/ml in the first 6 months. But response if difficult to predict.

If you ever lose your insurance please do not stop your HIV medications. Call your nearest HIV clinic to apply for assistance: HIV Clinics in the US for people with no insurance

Try to get rest, eat well, take your meds on time (including Bactrim), and slowly you will regain your strength and lung function. I have seen people bounce back pretty quickly within 3-4 months as long as their weight returns to normal and they achieve undetectable viral load.

Hang in there. It will get better. Let us know how you are doing soon.

Nelson



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