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CD4 fluctuation

Feb 8, 2009


I've noticed that my cd4 count always decreased after I've had protected sex, but my absolute % always increase but not by much. why is that? Does having protected sex prior to taking my quartarly HIV test affect my cd4 count in a negative way or something. I'm the one on the bottom (receiver)by the way.

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Not sure I have an explanation for your observation. We certainly know that the absolute CD4 count is subject to much more variability for a variety of reasons (stress, immunizations, time of day, etc) than the CD4% which is more stable over time. Perhaps we can add sex to the list.

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