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cd4/t4 cells?
Mar 15, 2002

Is cd4/t4 cells the same as white blood cells.If your white blood cells count is 2800,is that a sign of hiv?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Well yes and no. CD4/T4 cells are a type of lymphocyte. Lymphocytes are one type of white blood cell. So in essence, CD4 cells are a subset of lymphocytes, which are a subset of a larger family of cells called white blood cells.

The normal range of white blood cells varies a bit from lab to lab. Usually, it's around 4000-10,500. So your 2800 is probably a bit low. Is it a sign of HIV? No. The only way you can diagnose HIV is with an HIV test. You cannot determine your HIV status by looking at red or white - or any other color for that matter - cells. White blood cells may be depressed for a great variety of reasons. Check it out with our doctor.

Dr. Bob


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