Q and A

Question

Can I have a low viral load and CD4 count?

Is it possible to have a viral load at 84 and CD4 count of 47. If yes what are the causes of a very low CD4 count?

Answer

Hi, how are you?

Yes this is possible. The most likely is if you have recently started treatment. HIV treatment works to suppress viral load and this can happen as quickly as one month from starting. HIV treatment does not directly improve CD4 count.

CD4 count naturally recovers when viral load is being suppressed but this can be a slow process. It is often slower, the lower the CD4 count is when HIV treatment starts.

Are you on treatment? and if so how long have you been taking it?

Josh.

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