|My Husbands Lab results. Please can you explain them to me?
Sep 26, 2009
My husband has just recently had a cd4 and viral load test. the results were cd4 350 and viral load less than 40 and percentage 1.4%. Please can you explain these results as in May this year his cd4 count was 181 and viral load less than undetectable? Thankyou.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You don't indicate whether he is receiving HIV treatment or not. It appears that his CD4 count has doubled in the last 4 months and his HIV viral load has remained undetectable. Both of the viral load levels mean the same thing except that a lower cutoff value is given when one says < 40 copies/mL, below which the assay cannot accurately detect if virus is present in the blood. I am not certain what the 1.4% refers to. It would not be likely this represents the CD4 cell percent. It's too low. Likewise for viral load, we don't usually express viral load results by percent.
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