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Can A Person Still Function Healthily With A Cd4 Less Than 200

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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...between the two or it will be difficult to compare results overtime. Viral load results are reported as copies of HIV in one milliliter of blood.Numbers can range from about one million copies to as few as 50 copies. If youhave less than 50 copies, your health care provider may tell you that yourresults are "undetectable." Being undetectable is the best result because it means your virus is undercontrol. However, undetectable does not mean...
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Hi,I was diagnosed with HIV around 15 months ago. Since then my health has been good (especially in the last six months) but my CD4 count has fallen a bit rapidly from 470 to 371 to 324 over this time period. However, my CD4 percentage count has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...pregnant but i lost the baby due to stress from the results and my partner and i want to try again as we are aware that there is less than 2% chance of the baby being hiv +ive and my doctor is unsure whether if i should start meds before we try... Read more »

Why is my CD4 count lagging?

Dr. Henry, I'm just curious about why some individuals have such a laggard CD4 response compared to others. I just read a post from someone who had a CD4 jump from 40 to 400 in 18 months. In those same 18 months, mine has gone from 78 to 163. ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...CD4 recovery depends on a number of variable besides effective control of HIV replication. Some of the key factors identified have Read more »

Psycological response to longterm HIV diagnosis?

I read a most interesting and self confirming article in the May/June Issue of PA (Positively Aware) magazine. It was titled, "Is it all in your head?" Since I have been diagnosed now being over 16 years, I have been finding myself depressed, mood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some type of pathological brain changes on autopsy.Today, the incidence (number of new cases) of HAD is dramatically lower -- less than 1% in some studies. In the European CASCADE cohort, for example, the incidence rate of HAD fell from 6.49 per... Read more »

Stepped on a Needle on A Beach and Get Infected

Dear Dr. Bob,I am 64, married, and have been positive for over 14 years. I was infected in a most bizarre fashion....I stepped on a hypo needle on a Florida beach. I started on Crixivan and Combivir 13 years ago, and am still on them. CD4 is 1300...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Contracting HIV from stepping on a discarded hypodermic needle is indeed a very rare occurrence. With your normal CD4 count and undetectable viral load, one wonders if indeed you are really HIV infected. Was your initial test ever reconfirmed Read more »
The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...FDA-approved immune-based therapies for HIV diseaseavailable. How does HIV Damage the Immune System? HIV Reduces the Number of CD4 Cells HIV attacks the immune system's soldiers -- the CD4 cells. When the immune system loses too many CD4... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV and Kidney Disease people who: Are African-American Have diabetes Have high blood pressure Are older Have a lower CD4 count (see Fact Sheet 124 ) Have a higher viral load (see Fact Sheet 125 ) Have hepatitis B or C (see Fact... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and the Brain

...HIV-associated dementia (HAD) is much rarer, especially since effective HIV drugs have become available. HAD typically occurs in less than 2% of HIV-positive people and generally when the immune system is failing. HAD is not really a disease, but... Read more »
Project Inform

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...years, CD4+ cells below 50 Two to six years old, CD4+ cells below 75 One to two years old, CD4+ cells below 500 Less than twelve months old, CD4+ cells below 750 Azithromycin and clarithromycin are both available as a liquid for... Read more »
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When does a person start taking ARV meds?

Posted by Carrie, 5 Replies
...My boyfriends CD4 count is over 1100 and his Viral count is under 400. From my own researching, this appears to still be ok (considering the circumstances Read more »

Please explain what these results mean

Posted by Soloandlonely, 4 Replies
...what the following information mean? Does it mean one needs treatment or not? RNA copies : 160080 cp/ml Log units : 5.204 CD4 ( 444) Please answer.. Read more »

please reply

Posted by pozpete, 4 Replies
...emotional turmoil (anger, fear, sadness, frustrations) I would be getting better physically quicker. My VL continues to drop but my CD4 is not coming up and I feel more sick. What has helped people the most with their emotional distress??? -pete... Read more »

Liver cancer, heart disease, counts, resistance

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...highly correlated (i.e. there is a significant statistical relationship). Liver cancer is very rare in the US accounting for less than 1% of total cancers. The relationship is unproven, since many long term HIV+ people, those infected 15 years or... Read more »