Major drop in my CD4 test
Oct 18, 2008
Hello. I'm a 22yo male from Argentina. My CD4 count was 712 at the beginning of the year. The next one was 678, and three months later it was 564. I got my new results today and it's 362, which is a huge drop. The percentage dropped a lot as well. The strange thing is that my viral load is actually lower (21.000, as opposed to 35.000 in the last test results). I'm not on medications, since I was only diagnosed with HIV about a year ago, the infection happening aproximately about a year and a half ago.
I really don't want to start taking medicines right now, considering I'm applying for a scholarship in the US for a semester and I know that would keep me from going there. Besides, I honestly thought I'd go a longer way without needing medications.
At the time of my last test, the one that dropped a lot, I had a herpes simplex in my mouth, that occasionally shows up, and I was going trough some stress due to exams in the University. My doctor, whom I trust a lot, sent me to redo the CD4 count since she thinks it must've been a mistake and is really surprised. Do you think this could have been a factor in such a huge drop?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
You don't indicate what the CD4% was for each of these values to determine the significance of the percent drop. Yes, ongoing concurrent infections can cause CD4 counts and percent to drop.
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