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cd4 & anxiety

Jun 6, 2010

To what extent can affect factors such as anxiety or depression or flu to test the T cells? If the effect was significant is it better to address the anxiety and tension or any other factor before the test? Or is the impact of these factors is not large for this class? I ask this question because the T cells is a thermometer start treating AIDS. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It is very difficult to quantify objectively things like anxiety, depression or stress, to determine their effects on CD4 count. However, most HIV providers have anecdotal experience suggesting this is true. Ongoing infections or immunizations which can be measured objectively have been documented to affect CD4 counts.

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