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Newly Diagnosed Patient
I got diagnosed with HIV 5 days ago. My CD4 count is 25, I'm looking healthy but does this mean I have a stage of AIDS. And if so, after prescribed my meds will I go back to having HIV or will I still have AIDS. I'm so lost and confused.
Hello there, first thing, do not panic. The links given here by the counsellor are very informative. In a nutshell, AIDS (as someone in this forum already stated) is a stage of HIV given when your CD4 count is below 200 (per milliliter). A CD4 count of 25 is actually very low and you need to see your physician ASAP (get a test to see your concentration of HIV- not everybody has the same concentration). With good care (good diet, exercise, and ART therapy ) you will improve. Generally, a person with a CD4 count that low means he/she has been HIV + for several years now. It also depends on how "morbid" the person who passed the HIV on to you was.
In my case I was diagnosed very soon after exposure, I have a healthy lifestyle (do exercise, eat healthy, no drugs, no alcohol) and in my last test my CD4 count was off the charts (a little over 1200). I've been undetectable for a year.
Hope this helps, and like I said, do not panic, just see your physician ASAP.
Posted on Apr 11, 2019
It becomes aids once your cd4 count drops below 200, when i got diagnosed my cd4 count was 12 i was on the edge, just barely holding on, now that was 10 years ago but you don't go back to hiv, now hiv and aids are the same thing, yes it is a last stage of the diagnosis, but doesn't mean you gonna die soon, once you start your meds your cd4 count will go up again and you could bring it back to 500 or more and youll be healthy and live a mormal life as long as you keep taking your medicine, but im not a doctor this is just what i have gone thru and what my docotr has teached me, the right person who can answer this better is your doctor, i hope this helps.
Posted on May 26, 2018
I work in the health care field my best recommendation, would be to speak with your health care provider as well as getting counseling. I believe in God if you do as well do get in the church so the pastor can pray over you. True statement lady in my church diagnosed with same situation was sent to hospice everyone gave up but not my pastor or church. She is in college right now and healthy walking around just like everyone else. Never lose FAITH.
Honey you don’t have aids if you have no other disease associated with it. Just because you have been diagnosed with HIV and a low CD4 count doesn’t necessarily mean you have aids.
I have been in your shoes not too long ago (newly diagnosed with similar numbers in July 2018). It does get better, it does get easier.
Take all your meds, do what the doctors say, make sure you eat healthy (as a person with HIV, our bodies use up more protein so be mindful of that) and find someone to talk to.
Your mind is going to go to some dark places. Don’t let those thoughts hold you down. Your numbers will improve if you take your meds and take care of yourself. Lots of life to live, just don’t let this hold you down.