Is HIV causing my low platelet count?
I am HIV with good value of CD4, ranging between 700-600 with CD4% of 25%-26%, no therapy at the moment.
The problem is that I have a very low level of platelets ranging between 50,000 and 32,000. My doctor is sure that this very low level of platelets is due to the HIV infection that is attacking them. Now, I need an advice, my doctor wants me to start HAART in order to improve the platelet count. On my side I think I still have a very good level of CD4 and would like to wait. What do you think?
Thanks a lot for your support!
Thank you for your question.
You are the one who has to make the decision about when to start treatment. At the moment it is a lifelong commitment and you need to ensure you are ready for it both physically and emotionally. For more information about starting treatment please follow this link.
Your doctor is right that it could be HIV that is causing your platelet levels to drop and starting treatment may well increase your platelet count again. For a full explanation please follow this link to a similar question.