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Would someone with chronic HIV infection who is having all sorts of health problems have an abnormal CD4 count. When does the CD4 drop below the normal range?


I get the feeling you are asking this because you are trying to guess someone's hiv status. I'm not going to play that game with you. The ONLY way to know someone's hiv status - including your own - is through the appropriate test at the appropriate time.

If there has been an incident in your life you are worried about in terms of hiv infection, then let's discuss that. We don't play guessing games here, we only give risk assessments and testing advice.


Unprotected vaginal sex 16 months ago. Have tested at 14 months. Negative, but still have lots of problems. Dr took blood to measure CD4 which was OK. I was just wondering if I did have HIV could you tell by the CD4 count dropping or something.


The ONLY way to know your hiv status is through testing. You have tested and you are absolutely hiv negative. The window period for hiv testing is 12-13 weeks so a test taken at that time or anytime afterwards is conclusive.

Whatever problems you are having, you have ruled hiv out of the picture. Please work with your doctor to get to the bottom of what is bothering you.

While you're here, I'd like to ask you to read through the Welcome Thread and follow the links for further hiv information. Here's a few other things you should know as well:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL STIs together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with a sexually transmitted infection.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results. Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

You are hiv negative, without doubt. Use condoms for intercourse an you will continue to avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!


Andy Velez:
I just want to emphatically second Ann's comments and especially that the ONLY way to reliably know your HIV status is by taking an approved HIV test.

You may very well be worrying for naught, but in any case since you have had unprotected intercourse you need to get tested.

HIV is not an easy virus to transmit and especially so from female to male. So the odds are in your favor against transmission in a single incident.

But HIV is not something to guess about and everything other than an HIV test is just that ....guesswork without a reliable answer.

Stop torturing yourself, do it even if you're scared and get tested.

And from here on in make sure that whenever you have intercourse you are always wearing a condom. No exceptions.

Good luck with your test. 


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