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What do CD8T/s mean in the big picture?

Apr 26, 2004

I read that CD8 T cells can play an important role in either the progression or non-progression of HIV. However I can't remember if it is a high number of CD8 that is considered good b/c they help to fight with the CD4 T Cells or lower. If you have CD8T cells at 800 is that considered good? CD4 cells are at 1000 and on sustive/combivir for 1 year.

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Usually the higher the better with respect to CD8 cells, but not necessarily in all cases.

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