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The use of cd4/cd8 ratio in diagnosis

Jun 15, 2002

DEar Mark,

Sorry, me again. Just one last question. If hiv infection is the only cause of a cd4/cd8 ratio less than 1, why not use this as a diagnostic tool when a patient has symtoms of ars but is still not positive on antibody or pcr testing?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The ratio will NOT be < 1 in the overwhelming marjority of people during acute infection. Thus, it is not a good test.

blood test again
std testing

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