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My CD4 has risen from 166 to 250, is this good?

On September 26th I found out that I’m HIV+. My CD4 count was 166.
Soon after that I started taking selenium 200mg daily. Later on October 19th I started ART (Prezista, Truvada, Norvir), then I was on CD4 count of 186.
Unfortunately in my country there are some issues with viral load tests, and the results will come after 2-3 months.
My latest CD4 test was on November 16th and my CD4 count was 250.
Next test will be tomorrow.

So my question is, how is my CD4 count going in general. Can I do something to increase it? Will it return back to normal after some time ?

Answer

Thanks for getting in touch.

How are you coping with your diagnoses? Are you able to access support in your country?

Your CD4 is doing really well, a rise from 166 to 250 in a few months is great. This means that the meds are working, and working well.

With regards to it increasing to ‘normal’ levels, this may happen. It will though take some time. What’s important is that you keep taking your meds as prescribed. This is because the only thing that can increase your CD4 is meds. Please see quesiton 2 here:

http://i-base.info/qa/what-are-the-most-asked-questions


Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

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