Oct 13, 2001
Hi. In regards to this question, I think I can answer this from my own experience.
I was diagnosed with full blown AIDS 5 years ago. My T-cells ranged from 0-3, not sure what my VL was, but I would say VERY high. My liver was inlarged, spleen and heart. Also diagnosed with severe MAI infection.First time admitted to the hospital, I needed 3 blood transfusions.(now mind you, I was being treated by my primary care phys.during this time. I was never tested, even with him knowing my backgound. His ignorance and my fear, big mistake)
I am very happy to say, that my VL has been undetectable now for 4.5 years(under 50) and my T-cells now are 480!
There is hope for everyone out there with this God awful virus. Just stay strong and NEVER give up hope.It was rough for me, but I made it, and damn proud of it!And make sure you see a Dr.who has the knowledge about HIV, not just any Joe Blow Dr.
Best regards to all! Bob
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your comments. I believe, like you do, that persons with HIV infection definately fare better, live longer and better when they are cared for by experienced medical care providers. Best luck. BY
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