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What do my results mean?
Apr 13, 2003

Dear Dr. Mark,

I shall be grateful if you could comment on the following most recent results (CD4/percent): 144/11, 252/14, 309/14, 248/14, 234/14, 207/15.

As you can see, the percentage seems O.K. but the absolute count has gone down for the third time. My doctor(who is not a percent man) says the situation should be watched. I should explain I have been 4.5 years on HAART with a CD4 nadir of 6 and V/L <50 since being on treatment with Combivir and Nevirapine.

Would love to know what comments you might have on this progression.

Really appreciate your forum.

Mark

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I agree it should be watched. I would not make any moves regarding treatment changes. The percentage and absolute numbers are very consistent as to where you are. At 200 CD4 cells, the percentage is about 14%.



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