|cd8 higher without meds ?
Jun 27, 2010
Dr, I read that a highly elevated cd8 count and inverted ratio is a hallmark of hiv/aids and is present in 99% of the infected population, but also read that to be a good sign in that the cd8 cells are responding/fighting the infection. So the question is this: would the CD8 count be found to be generally much higher ( and the CD4 much lower ) in those individuals who do not take medication, but much more moderate and closer to an even ratio in those who are on meds ? I presume in spite of high CD8s being a "good thing" , it's still far more preferable to increase the CD4 count and percentage with the help of meds, but just wondering from a statistics point of view if the body naturally reacts by producing much more CD8s in the absence of meds ??
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
It is more likely that the CD8 count would be higher without HIV meds, but this is not necessarily always the case.
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