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T cell fluctuations

Sep 28, 2003

They say that T cell counts fluctuate according to time of day, stress, etc...Is this true in HIV neg and HIV pos people? Is there a "normal range" for these fluctuations? (ie., If my T cell count is 800, can it become 1000 when I am less stressed, or 600 when I am more, etc...)

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Fluctuation in t cell counts is true in both HIV infected and HIV uninfected people. There is less data in the latter group and depends on lots of variables including time of day, assay used, age, gender, ethnicity, concomitant illnesses, recreational drug use, pregnancy, among others.

Follow up: what is the longest that room temperature plasma viral load will remain stable in a ppt tube?
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