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Starting HIV Treatment With a Low CD4 Count: What You Need to Know

August 25, 2016


Starting Treatment With a Low CD4 Count

You may be among the one-in-four people who received their HIV diagnosis "late." In other words, you found out you had HIV when your immune system was already significantly weakened (as indicated by a CD4 cell count below 200). Your diagnosis may have come at a time when you were already feeling unwell due to illnesses and infections that your immune system was unable to fight off.

If you're in this situation, your doctor is most likely urging you to start HIV treatment straight away. Is this the right thing to do? What can you expect in the next months and years? Read on to find out.

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