I have oral thrush. Does this mean I have AIDS?
I have a CD4 count of 73 after 1 month on ARVs and currently i’m on antibiotics. I’m experiencing oral thrush and am on medication. I also have and chest and abdominal aches. Is this AIDS? Can I still be cured?
Hi, how are you doing?
The word AIDS is not really used in most countries. Instead, most doctors talk about HIV infection and instead use the term ‘advanced HIV’
This is because modern HIV treatment (called ART) can reverse AIDS in most people.
Oral thrush was never an AIDS defining illness. Although a CD4 count below 200 was used to define AIDS, your CD4 count might already be higher than 200, so worrying about this does not mean very much.
How long have you been having chest and abdominal aches? It is great that you are on medication for oral thrush – and ART will also help.
Although you have only been on ART for a month. your CD4 count will already be getting stronger. As your CD4 increases, it shows that your immune system is healthier. This will help prevent other infections and reduce how often you get infections (like oral thrush).