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How can I get my CD4 count to increase?

Hi – what can I do to help increase my CD4? I have just found out I am at undetectable level after 8 weeks on treatment which is great. my CD4 has gone from 95 to 166 (after 4 weeks) and is now 173 after 8 weeks. I know it can take time for the CD4 to recover when the base level is low as mine but I am still disheartened as I was really hoping for it to have rebounded a bit better than this. What can I do to help it increase? Many thanks for your advice.

Answer

Thank you for your question.

Your CD4 count is doing really well and increasing nicely. Most people take 6-12 months for their CD4 counts to increase significantly. You are doing really well and have nothing to feel disheartened about.

There is very little anyone can do to increase their CD4 counts accept using HIV treatment which you are already doing. However, there are some things that you can do to maintain your CD4 count and ensure it stays up. This includes eating a healthy balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, not getting stressed out, not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation and generally looking after yourself.


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.

52 comments

  1. Hi Pratap,
    It is very good that you have started taking ARVS. Even when somebody has a very low CD4 count like this ARVs are very effective at treating HIV.

    ARVs are the only medicines that can improve your CD4 count. This may take many months but just by being on treatment you are protecting your body from further damage from HIV.

    Because your CD4 count is less than 50 there is a risk of developing something called IRIS after starting treatment. It is important that you are monitored closely by your doctor- including having your eyes checked for a virus called CMV. You should talk to your doctor about any symptoms you experience. You can read more about IRIS here.

  2. Hello sir,I found HIV positive 1 last week&my cd4 count is 37 is it serious how can I improve my cd4 count plzz can u suggest I had a physician guidelines I am started my medicine plzz suggest what is time to recover

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