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By Anonymous February 23, 2011 - 3:17am
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iF YOU HAVE AIDS and your CD4+T cell count is less than 200 will it change/increased?to 200 or above?can this happen?

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. If your C4+T cell count is less than 200, your doctor likely will begin antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent an opportunistic infection like pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). Your cell counts can change based on if your system is fighting infection or not. From what I read on www.aids.org, it's important to test often when cell count levels are less than 250 to determine if an infection is possible and then if ART is working. The information I located was unclear if the levels increase following infection. But it did state that once a person with HIV tests at a C4+T cell count less than 200, they are considered to have passed into "full blown" AIDS.
Hope the information helps. For more information talk with your doctor and verify, this link can help you advocate for yourself: Wellness: CD4+T Cell Count in HIV Patients.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

February 23, 2011 - 7:43am
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