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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR CD4 COUNTS TO DROP WHEN ONE IS STILL ON SEPTRIN ONLY AND COUNT IS AT 1000 AND NOT PUT ON ARV YET

By Anonymous February 16, 2012 - 11:53pm
 
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I have a coment how did u know u were HIV positive I have experienced acute flu symptoms thrush out breaks of hsv missed periods and I've tested negative my rapist said he gave me a new strain opions please and also how often should I check my cd4 counts?

October 20, 2013 - 8:48am

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your question!

A CD4 t cell count of 1,000 is normal. If it falls under 350, it is usually recommended that you are started on a prophylaxis (or preventative) treatment of antibiotics to avoid PCP also known as Pneumocystis cariniipneumonia or also called Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia. 

Your doctor will continue to monitor your cell counts and determine whether or not it is still necessary to continue to treat you with antibiotics based on your CD4 cell results and other labs that s/he may think are necessary. 

Ideally, you want your CD4 t cell count to be anywhere from 500-1500, so if you are currently at 1000 then you fall within the normal range and this is likely why you have not been started on ARV's. 

Remember to continue following your appointments. I have attached the links to more information on CD4 t cells and Septrin so that you can best understand what the purpose of CD4 t cells are and why their levels are important as well as the use of Septrin. 

Please remember to make a list of questions for your doctor if there are any questions that you may have about your condition and purpose of medications. 

http://www.empowher.com/aids-hiv/content/why-cd4-cell-count-important-if-you-have-hiv

http://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/cd4-count-what-does-it-mean

http://www.aidsmap.com/Septrin-cotrimoxazole/page/1044766/

Wishing you the best,

Rosa

February 17, 2012 - 7:54am
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