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Very worried

Jan 25, 2003

I recently (12/31/02) tested positive and have started meds this week 1/23/03. My blood work prior to the meds had a CD4 count of 300 and Viral load of 20,000. Is this count something I should be worried about?

What is a normal CD4 count...I see ranges from 500-1500/1000-1500 (as being normal)...Which is correct?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Your numbers indicate that you are in pretty good shape. But your numbers are at a level where starting HIV treatment is appropriate. The CD4 count range for HIV uninfected people is about 500-1500. Factors associated with this variability in CD4 number include age, gender, ethnicity and underlying genetics.

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