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Preventing Other Infections

In HIV, your CD4 count is key. It's the most important measure of your immune system's health. When it's high, you're in good shape. But when it's low, you're at risk for developing a number of potentially dangerous illnesses. These illnesses are generally known as "opportunistic infections," or OIs for short. Are You At Risk? The danger zone for your CD4 count is around 200. If your CD4 count goes below this level (or your CD4 percentage...
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Low CD4 High Viral Load and 2 OIs in 6 months

My sister was recently diagnosed with Toxoplasmosis and 6 months ago she was admitted with pneumonia. Her CD4 is 20, CD8 is 68, and her viral load is 350,000. She had not been taking any meds for quite a while. They discharged her with the toxo...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
She has fairly advanced HIV infection and AIDS. HIV treatment should be started immediately, along with the toxo treatment. I would also suggest getting a HIV resistance test to determine whether her virus strain is resistant to any HIV drugs. Yes,... Read more »

When does trouble begin?

Dear Dr. Henry, At what cd4 count level does a patient have to begin worrying about PCP and other serious OI's? Is there danger before the t-cell count falls to 200 or less(AIDS), or can danger exist with a cd4 count of 350 or 400?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
At a CD4 count of 200 or below there is increased danger for PCP and other AIDS related infections (particularly if the CD4 count is 350 (still an increased risk for problems like bacterial pneumonia or herpes zoster/shingles). KH Read more »

CD4 counts and HIV treatment

I have a friend who is HIV positive and could possible be at the AIDS stage. His last CD4 cell count was about 110. He then went on to anti-retroviral treatment. He has been for about a month now. Before starting it, he had numerous OI's such as...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Absolutely he has a chance. It is sometimes more difficult when starting at a time that the CD4 is so low and the immune system is so weak. This being said, there are countless examples of people such as your friend who go on treatment and have... Read more »

very high viral load

Hi Doc.I diagnosed with Aids about 4 months ago and my viral load was over half a million and my CD4 was 120.Within 2 months of meds my vl is down to 576 and my CD4 is 277.Am I out of immediate danger with a CD4 of 277 and what are the implications...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Sounds like you have had a great response to treatment. Yes you are out of immediate danger from OIs. Natural history studies in the absence of treatment found a very high progression rate to AIDS or death with high viral loads such as yours. In the... Read more »
The Well Project

Talking With Your Children About HIV: HIV Awareness for Children

Table of Contents The Facts About HIV Starting the Discussion Talking to Children of Different Ages Taking Care of Yourself HIV is a tough subject for parents, guardians, and caregivers to discuss with their children. However it... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Gut Basics The Gut and HIV Diarrhea and HIV Coping With Diarrhea Nausea, Vomiting and Anorexia Gas, Bloating and Heartburn Taking Care of Yourself Gut Basics The gut includes the stomach, small... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

What Are Opportunistic Infections? Testing for OIs OIs and AIDS What Are the Most Common OIs? Preventing OIs Treating OIs What Are Opportunistic Infections? In our bodies, we carry many germs -- bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and... Read more »
The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

Table of Contents Basic Facts Preventing and Treating OIs OIs and Women Most Common Opportunistic Infections (OIs) in HIV-Positive People Basic Facts While many viruses can be controlled by the immune system , HIV targets and... Read more »
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New to all of this.....

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
Hi there. I am recently diagnosed, and wanted to reach out to speak out to others. Basically, I was diagnosed very late, i.e. with the following labs: Viral Load - 770,000 CD4 count - 13 Has anyone else out there been diagnosed with advanced HIV... Read more »

Feelings of anxiety

Posted by Dreamer76, 3 Replies
Hi Everyone, I tested H.I.V positive March 20th! had my first blood test April 8th. I phoned the doctor the following day, he had been in contact with the lab that took my bloods and told me that all was good and that my results were excellent! As... Read more »

WHO guidelines/ WBC count/ OI's

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Questions: 1. Does anyone know what is WHO window period guidelines? 2. Do WBC count drop during primary infections - say like 10 days - 2 weeks post infection. By WBC count drop, does it mean total leucocyte count or only lymphocytes count. This I... Read more »

To Douche

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I have been following your posts and wanted to comment. You keep mentioning that your symptoms are related to the "stripper" incident where douche was splashed in your face from the stripper's vagina. Are you aware that the contents in douche are... Read more »