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Nov 27, 2010

My husband and i are thinking of getting a baby, my CD4 is 700 while his is 140. What is the safe level of CD4 for getting a baby?

Response from Dr. Frascino


There is no specific cutoff for CD4 counts when considering pregnancy. However, it's important to note that while your CD4 count is quite good (700), your husband's (140) is very worrisome! Counts below 200 confer the diagnosis of AIDS (as opposed to HIV positive) and indicate a significant increased risk or opportunistic infections and malignancies. Is your husband under the care of an HIV specialist; taking antiretroviral medications; and taking prophylaxis against opportunistic infections, such as PCP? If not, he should be doing all three!

Regarding pregnancy, discuss the issue with your HIV specialist. He will refer you to an HIV-knowledgable obstetrician who will further explain the options and risks involved with starting a family. You should also review the information in the chapter in the archives of this forum devoted to pregnancy.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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