Does masturbation affect my CD4 count?
I have been HIV+ for 6 months.
My first CD4 count was 740 back in July. Recently, it went down to 440 in Nov. But my Viral load improved from 45000 to 38000.
What does this mean?
I haven’t started medication yet.
I was masturbating regularly daily. Does masturbation have anything to do with CD4 count/viral load?
Since my last test results, I have completely stopped masturbating. Will this help or things worse?
I exercise daily 40-45 minutes (at least 5 days/week). My weight pretty much remains the same. I feel healthy and just normal otherwise.
Do you have any particular exercise recommendations? I am doing treadmill 25-30 min for about 2 miles, weight lifting and dumbells 10-20 lbs.
Thanks for your email.
Both of your CD4 counts are very good. To really know if your CD4 count is dropping you would need to see the trend over a few results. This is because CD4 counts can fluctuate, and the tests aren’t very accurate. You can read more about this on our CD4 count FAQs page.
Masturbation doesn’t have any negative effects on CD4 counts or viral loads.
It’s great that you are keeping active and exercising regularly. I don’t have any specific recommendations but you can read more about diet and exercise in our guide to HIV and your quality of life.