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Jul 24, 2005

Ok i have this test result in 1999 stating: CD3+CD4+cells 34.1% and expected ratio 42.0-58.0%(663-1477) CD3+CD8+cells 27.2% with expected ratio 22-30.0 % (342-754)

CD3+Cells at 67.7% and expected ratio 69.5-81.3%

cd4/cd8 ratio=1.3

3 months ago i retested and have the following results

T4%= 32.9 cells 754 T8%= 33.1 cells 759 T3%= 74.5 cells 1709 ratio T4/T8 = 1

questions a)am i getting better or worse?? CD4 cells have raised but ratio has gone down to 1 from 1.3- yet CD8 cells have raised as well to bring the ratio down

b) how do they estimate them T4 and T8 absolute counts?? Does the T3% consist of T4+T8 percentage only?? I dont really understand the maths behind this.

c) In the first case, when i had CD3+CD4+ cells 34.1% with expected range from 42-58% does this mean that my T4 cells where 34.1%. I dont understand the term CD3+CD4+ cells. Is it the same as T4??

Thanks for your time, if you pls explain i will be most grateful

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You don't indicate what your HIV viral load is or whether you are receiving HIV meds or not.

things unknown
my CD4 count ...curious to know

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