I has Dx'd w/ Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (primary, CNS)(stage II) and went through the CHOP-Rituxan chemotherapy, and am in remission. Along w/ that Dx, came another Dx a week later: AIDS. I had a CD4 count of 250 at the time of Dx, now it's 400 (been on Atripla 2.5 yrs). I still have a lot of fatigue. My HIV specialist says I'm still an AIDS patient and always will be one, even if my CD4 reaches 1500. Huh? I thought AIDS was anyone under 200, or had a serious OI. I was a slow-progressor from an '83 series of transfusions. I'm over the stigma of AIDS (which i think affects non-gay pts worse, because we're not acculturated to it, really don't pre-consider we ever might get it or condition ourselves that we might get it, and really don't know people who have or had it). -So, I don't really care if I'm AIDS or HIV, but why does the medical estab. label AIDS patients for life? I think it would help people emotionally and psychologically if they were AIDS, to climb out of it w/ improved immune systems, with an HIV designation. Thank you!