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Author Topic: Low CD4 count and cold/flu  (Read 1317 times)

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Offline LeftyBowler300

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Low CD4 count and cold/flu
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:32:04 am »
Im at work and I cant help but notice everyone around me is coughing, congested, and feeling awful. (I wish theyd stay home)

Im nervous that I will catch whatever they have, and because of my CD4 count, it will be amplified.

I have yet to get a flu shot.

I was wondering what I could expect out of a cold/flu at a CD4 count at just over 50... is it staying home and drinking tons of fluids like everyone else, or is it a trip to the ER?

Apr 1, 2017 DX - CD4 8 , VL 820,000
OI's: Disseminated Histoplasmosis, Thrush, PCP
Apr 17, 2017 started Genvoya, Bactrim, Sporanox, Azitrhomycin
Jun 9, 2017 - CD4 42 (3%) , VL 100
Jul 17, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 53
Sep 16, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 130 - Ugh... wtf
Oct 20, 2017 - CD4 63 (5%) , VL 100
Dec 1, 2017 - CD4 56 (3%) , VL <20
Mar 15, 2018 - CD4 73 (5%) , VL <20
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Re: Low CD4 count and cold/flu
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 11:39:41 am »
Hi

Look flu can be a really serious concern no denying that,  however it does not mean that it will be an issue.  I had flu when I had less than 75 CD4's and it was like any-other flu.

So if you are unlucky and catch the flu keep a close eye on yourself, speak to your doctor if you get concerned.

To be honest if they are at work sneezing its more than likely a cold or man-flu and  not real flu. True flu comes and parks you in bed.

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Offline paintedroom

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Re: Low CD4 count and cold/flu
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 12:52:36 pm »
Hey Lefty,

I spent the better part of the last 5 weeks at home with a virus i just couldn`t shift - felt like the preamble to flu but never put me completely under.Felt miserable with a veritable non stop niagara of sinus flow and body ache.Thought much the same as you,that i was immunocompromised and that was the reason for my inability to shift the dam thing. Had to see my GP(doctor that dx`d me) for another reason and explained what the last 5 weeks had been like and asked him said question - he said i was not immunocompromised;once the virus is undetectable,i can expect to fight these things off as any HIV negative person.

I guess all you can do is live as healthy a life as possible - food,exercise and sleep and not sweat the flu stuff.

Hope all well otherwise ? P.
Dx`d mid July 2016
8/8/2016 - CD4 50     VL 50,000
5/9/2016 -  CD4 150
13/9/2016  VL  undetectable.
March `17 - CD4 193   VL undetectable.
March  `18 CD4 214    VL undetectable
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Offline InRecovery

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Re: Low CD4 count and cold/flu
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 06:55:18 pm »
I don't know where you live, but here in the deep south, everyone is coughing and sneezing non-stop from seasonal allergies. Ragweed and goldenrod are in full bloom. This isn't contagious, of course. Since I've never had allergies, I don't have to worry about it. It's getting a little easier for people with asthma because it hasn't been as hot, even though we have seen a few 90-degree days lately. There was an intestinal virus going around at one school, but that kind of nasty stuff doesn't really take hold in our area until Christmas.

Offline kentfrat1783

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Re: Low CD4 count and cold/flu
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 07:46:14 pm »
I'm with you.  I'm worried how low my CD4 count is and it doesn't help that my ID doctor is just as worried.

I know I get the "man" flew and I'm a baby but at least my PCP and ID doctor is just as concerned about my numbers. 

I still need to get my flu shot and hope my first flu season won't be too bad. 

Lets hope things are better then I expect.  Wishing you the best as well.
08/28/2018 - CD4 166 (15%)  VL - <20
05/08/2018 - CD4 106 (11%)  VL - <20
03/05/2018 - CD4   90 (10%)  VL - <20
12/11/2017 - CD4   60 (  8%)  VL - The hospital forgot to run
09/07/2017 - CD4   42 (  6%)  VL  54        (1.70)
05/11/2017 - CD4     2 (  1%)  VL 169,969 (5.23)
OI's: PCP
Dx`d May 11, 2017
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Offline Tonny2

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Re: Low CD4 count and cold/flu
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 12:40:44 am »
       ojo       hello my dear friend lefty, go and get your flu shot, and do not worry about catching a cold or the flu. i lived with aids for five years, zero cd4, i got the flu and i was treated for it, i'm still here...we just have to worry about OPs, like PCP, MAC, CMV, which , you are takin prophilaxis for those infections, i'm not sure if you are on VALCYTE to prevent CMV, although i think you are UD, so your immune system can fight any other infection, like flu, colds, bacterial pneumonia, etc, etc...i'm not a doctor, just sharing what i went though all this 23 years...please relax my leftu friend,,,you will be fine...hugs "blocker" friend, hahahah

Offline pozguy909

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Re: Low CD4 count and cold/flu
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 02:46:40 pm »
I was concered about this as well, so thanks guys for responding to this post!
Dx - 8/8/17
1st test - 8/10/17 - VL 337000 CD4 27
8/18/17 - Vl 277000 CD4 17 Started Genvoya, Bactrim and zithomax
9/27/17 - VL 240 CD4 108

 


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