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Shingles and high CD4-cell count
Mar 1, 2001

When you say shingles can happen early what time frame do you mean by early and how can HIV cause shingles when the T-Cells would still be high

Response from Dr. Dezube

Shingles can happen despite a high CD4 cell count. CD4 tests are just one way to measure the immune system. It does not test the entire immune system! So an HIV'er with a high CD4 cell count can still have defects in his/her immune system. This phenomenon (defect in immune system despite a high CD4 count) would also explain why some patients with very high CD4 cell counts still come down with KS. Hope this helps.

Can you get KS without doing anything to get HIV
Abnormal PAP smear/Cervical Biopsy/HPV?

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