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My CD4 is 172, how long do I have to live?

I was just diagnosed and I have cd4 count of 172….how many years do i have with medication?


Thanks for getting in touch.

Everyone worries about how long they will live. This is especially common is you are HIV positive.

The good news is that HIV meds (ARVs) dramatically extend your life. Are you currently taking ARVs? If you are, when did you begin?

Unless you have other serious complications, no doctor can say how long anyone will live.

A CD4 count of 172 is still good enough to protect you from lots of HIV-related problems.  If you are on meds then the CD4 count should also get steadily higher.

There is a lot about life expectancy on the i-Base website. Please see answers to similar questions at this link:


  1. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Smitha,

    Has your Mother started HIV treatment (ART)? Sometimes HIV positive people do start ART at low CD4 counts. But the good thing is that ART can reduce HIV so that it can’t be detected in the blood test.

    Once this happens the CD4 count gets the chance to recover. But this is usually slower than the drop in HIV in the blood test.

    Does your mother have access to her viral load result? And what HIV meds is she taking?

  2. Smitha

    Hi. My mother has cd4count 77.will it increase.? How many days need to increase? Will she be fine with her health?

  3. Roy Trevelion

    Dear Srrr Ruuu,
    What HIV treatment are you taking? And was your CD4 count very low when you started two months ago? It would be good to find out more about your meds. Please let us know.

  4. Srrr Ruuu

    Sir my cd4 count is 52 how long i live my treatment is start 2months complete help me


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