COLDS AND HIV

Question

my t cells are 590 and viral load undetectable i take kaleetra,viread and combivir..but when i catch a cold it drags me down for weeks and makes me feel totally drained and very tired my question is are colds harder on people with hiv regardless of your good numbers?how can i build my body back quickly after catching a cold ??they seem to run my body way,way down!!is this normal??

Answer

There seems to be a wide range of recovery from cold type illnesses in both the general population and persons with HIV. Most of my HIV infected patietns doing well on therapy seem to recover well from colds but certain persons seem to have slow clearance of symptoms for reasons that are often not clear (chronic allergies, drainage problems, cigarette smoking,etc may contribute some). KH