How do I improve and maintain my CD4 count?
I am HIV positive and my CD4 count is 696. How can I improve it or maintain it?
In general, the only way to increase your CD4 count is to use HIV treatment (ART).
No other products can increase your CD4 count – not vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies.
ART works by stopping the virus from replicating. As your viral load is reduced your CD4 count will start to rise again.
Lifestyle changes can still be very important for your general health. Eating a nutritious balanced diet, exercising regularly, reducing stress, sleeping well and stopping smoking can help to maintain a healthy immune system. These things are good for your health but just don’t have a direct impact on your CD4 count.
When you use ART, the information at this link on starting treatment will help.
Knowing about and understanding ART will help you feel in control over your treatment.
This answer was updated in January 2016 from a question first posted on 8 March 2012.