CD4 big drop on HCV meds
Aug 6, 2005
After 3 weeks on Ribavirin and Peg Interferon my CD4 dropped from almost 900 to 568! Still the hiv viral load is <50. Whats the info you have on dropping cd4 while on HCV meds? Could they drop even lower?
Response from Dr. McGovern
Not to worry!
The reasons are complex due to the way testing is done. However, simply put, the treatment for HCV depresses your entire white cell count. T cells are part of that count. However, if you look at your CD4 or T cell percentage - I am sure yours is the same before and after treatment. That's all that you should care about right now. And your HIV RNA is not detectable. Good job!
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