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Question

How can I improve my CD4 count when I am already on treatment?

How to improve my CD4 count of 210? Is it dangerous at this stage? I was stressed and it has never been so low. I take daily Truvada (tenofovir and FTC) and Viramune (nevirapine). How can I improve it? Will more sleep help? I eat healty foods.

Thank you.

Answer

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry to hear that you are stressed at the moment and that it is affecting your CD4 count. A CD4 count of 210 isn’t bad at all and is nothing to worry about.

How long have you been on medication? If you have recently started then it is possible that as you continue taking your meds your CD4 count will increase. Trying to reduce your stress levels or learning to manage your stress better could also help.

Other things that can help to increase CD4 counts include the same things that are advised for general health. Try to eat a balanced diet, sleep well, exercise, stop smoking, and only use alcohol or recreational drugs in moderation.

It is also possible that your CD4 count is just fluctuating and that it will naturally go back up on its own. Either way it is nothing to worry about. Once you have started treatment the most important thing to monitor is your viral load. As long as that remains undetectable your treatment is working.


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.

53 comments

  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Tally,

    A CD4 count of 724 is great, as too is having an undetectable viral load. Therefore, you have nothing to be worried about in relation to your HIV. You’re doing great.

  2. Tally

    I’ve just got my results today and I’m not happy. My CD4 count still only 724 as I’ve been on treatment for a two years. My viral load is lower than detectable should it be a bit higher by now?

  3. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Lilly,

    The only thing that can increase a persons CD4 when they have HIV is ARVs. Therefore, you are already doing the best thing. Some peoples CD4’s rise quicker than others. Other than your CD4 results, do you have any viral load results?

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