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28 Jan 2004

hiv positive and full blown
If the doctor tells you full blown, does that mean there is no hope or perhaps the virus is the majority ruler in your body.

The reason is that I am still healthy and just discovered recently of my status because of tiredness and losing weight, but I dont understand full blown please anyone clarify..

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01 Jan 0001

This term means that your immune system has deteriorated to a piont where your CD 4(t helper cellcount) has dropped to below 200. You would be exposed to infections that could make you ill and you have to now start antoretoviral therapy to restore your immune system. You should also be taking certain medication to protect yourself from oppertunistic infections.
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