Feb 5, 2005
my son gave me his latest lab results and they were as follows: HIV1 RNA ultraquant copies 71600 log 4.9logs ml white cell count 13.3h cd4 cd3 :662 lymphnode 38.3% percentage of helpers 13%low he also said the dr told him he has thrush and wrote AIDS on the report. what does all this mean?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It is very hard to put this all into context without knowing more facts surrounding the case. You don't indicate whether he is on treatment, or how long he has been infected. The HIV RNA or viral load is moderately high. Although the CD4 count appears to be quite good, the percentage of 13% is quite low. A CD4 count of < 200 or < 14% is when HIV infection is usually labeled as AIDS. That is when a person is at great risk for developing other kinds of opportunistic infections. Oral thrush is a yeast infection, and usually indicates some degree of immune system impairment.
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