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Interpretation of my very first lab
Jan 28, 2006

Yesterday I recieved information from my doctor concerning my first lab results. He said I have 422 Absolute CD4, 24%L...563 Absolute CD8, 32%L with a CD4/CD8 Ratio of .75L. He suggested that I do not need to be on medication right now. What should I do to remain healthy and prevent my CD4 cell from decreases. Finally, he said that I dont have any resistance to any drugs however there I do have mutations of the virus. My question is, How should I interpret my labs? What can I do to remain healthy and keep my CD4 from decreasing. Should I began medication?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I agree with your doctor. Given your current CD4 count and viral load, I would not recommend starting therapy at this time. Good living habits, including diet and vitamins will help maintain your numbers. If I understand your other posted question, your partner is positive as well. It is therefore important to practice safe sex and not pass virus strains between you.



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