Q and A


If someone’s CD4 is 560, should they be on meds?

I know someone who is HIV positive and has a CD4 count of 560 should the person start on ARVS or not?


Thanks for getting in touch.

The World Health Organisations recommendations are that everyone should be on ARVs. This is even if they have a CD4 count of 560.

Therefore, if your friend is ready to start meds, then yes, there is good evidence that shows this is recommended.

However, a few countries still wait until the CD4 count drops below 500. This is usually to prioritise access to drugs for people whose HIV is more advanced.

For more info about starting meds, please see here:


  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Almasy,

    People all over the world are working on a possible cure for HIV. However, at the moment one is yet to be found. In the meantime there are ARVs which are excellent at controlling HIV.

  2. Almasy

    Is their any hope of a cure?

  3. Dr. Sighn

    The main reason that every one should be on medication is about good health and also reduced transmission when one is undetectable.


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