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Weight Gain, Low T Cell Count

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Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

The Basics CD4 Count and HIV CD4 Count and HIV Treatment CD4 Cell Test The Bottom Line The Basics Your immune system protects your body by fighting germs and infections.White blood cells are an important part of your immune system. HIV infects and destroys a type of white blood cell called aCD4 cell (sometimes called a T-cell). As the immune system loses CD4 cells, it becomes weaker and is less able tofight off germs. When it...
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Low testosterone and trouble gaining weight - Androgel/Oxandrin?

Hello,I have been HIV+ since 2004 and am in good health. My T-Cells have never increased above 400 since becoming HIV+ and have been at 350-375 on my current treatment of Isentress+Truvada.I have been on Androgel for HRT due to low testosterone...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
I am including an excerpt from my first book " Built to Survive: A Comprehensive Guide to the Medical Use of Anabolic Therapies, Nutrition and Exercise for HIV+ Men and Women" (available on :Oxandrolone is the only anabolic... Read more »

Gaining Weight

I was diagonosed 3 years ago. Currently no Viral load and T-Cell count of 650. I have now switched to Atripla from Combivir/Sustiva. I'm experiencing muscle/fat loss in legs and arms. Fortunately, I have not developed a fatty deposits on...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Switching from Combivir/Sustiva to Atriple (tenofovir/FTC/efavirenz-Sustiva) may slow down/reverse subcutaneous fat loss. The HIV drugs rarely directly cause loss of muscle mass. Exercise, diet changes such as an increased protein intake, and... Read more »

weight gain

Dr. DieterichI need to gain weight... I am 6ft and only weigh about 150 pounds. I have tried Megace, ensure and ensure plus and several other over the counter brands. but nothing works. I have been hiv+ for 11 years and my last t-cell count was 810...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
The first thing to do is check your testosterone level and if low to supplement it! If not you can consider anabolic agents like deca or oxandrolone. However you should not try to make yourself something you are not and to try to get above your idea... Read more »

how to gain weight

I have a relative who is hiv positive and is losing weight rapidly - age 52 and now weights 40kg. how can she put on more weight. she is not taking any medication at the moment...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Rapid weight loss in a person with HIV is very concerning for the posibility of an opportunisitic infection or other AIDS-related complication. At the very least, it's suggestive of AIDS-related wasting.The essential thing... Read more »
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CD4 count at 8--gained weight

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Oh my I just got cd4 count at 8--down from a whopping 35 last year--freaked out my ID Doc who didn't even look at cd8 or resistance or any of that because if you're at 8 it isn't too great!

He decided to Difllucan me again on a permanent basis. He... Read more »

Problematic Weight Gain

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
Well, I feel odd speaking of the subject, but I have an increasing problem with my weight since going on the cocktail. My VL is 10K and TCells are 480, but my weight keeps going up. Is has become such a problem that my Dr is now increasing my... Read more »

Low White Blood Cell count

Posted by adlers, 1 Reply
I recently had a Full Blood Count taken as routine as i have had bad stomach aches etc recently. When they returned they showed a low white blood cell count. The blood was taken about a week after a very drunken incident with a guy. We had sex... Read more »

low t cell count

Posted by lis, 2 Replies
i have been + since 86.. full blown in 02.. and on meds since.. i guess that im womdering if my t cells will ever get over 200. i stay at about 180. had pcp in 2002 and am still on meds for that.. seeing my doc in a couple of weeks and am thinking... Read more »