What can one do against HIV wasting syndrome?
Is there any hope at this stage with very low CD4 levels..lower than 10?
Thank you for your question.
By ‘wasting syndrome’ do you mean when someone looses a lot of weight and is not yet on treatment? If so then once treatment is started and your health is improved then you will see that your weight will increase and go back to normal again.
If you have a very low CD4 count of less than 10 then it is extremely important that you start treatment immediately. I have known people who started treatment with CD4 counts as low as 1 and, 20 years on, are now healthy and able to live a normal life. It may take slightly longer to recover the CD4 count but it is very possible to live a normal, healthy and happy life once treatment is started.
For more information about starting treatment please follow this link to the i-Base ‘Introduction to Combination Therapy‘ guidebook.