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HIV Complications - Likelyhood w/ UDL
Feb 1, 1998

I know that people with HIV are more likely to have complications with several different conditions. If someone is successful with therapy and is UDL,has a normal cd4, never had any complications and whose CD4 count never went below 450, are they still at a higher risk for complications? I realize that it would be less likely than if you had a high VL and low CD4, but are you any more likely than a HIV neg person to these various complications (including minor ones)?

Response from Dr. Gallant

There are a few complications that can occur at normal CD4 cell counts, though they are far from common. They include Kaposi's sarcoma, body lymphomas, thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts).

As your CD4 count starts to fall below 500, there is an increased risk of things like shingles, herpes, and bacterial pneumonia.

Having an undetectable viral load would presumably make these complications even less likely to occur.

JG



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