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Can a Vaginal bacterial infection lower my T-Cell count?
Sep 19, 2010

I currently have HIV and my previous viral load was 1300 with a t-cell count over 651 which was an improvement from my previous blood tests. In a 6 month period my viral load increased to 1600 but my t-cell count dropped to 495. When I took my last blood test I had a vaginal bacterial infection that was diagnosed that same day. My question is whether or not that could be a contributing factor or is my body losing its fight. I should mention that I have not been on medications.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Those two viral load results are essentially the same number and are within the range of assay variation. although that could be a significant drop in CD4 count, I suspect not, and also that your CD4 percent is about the same with both of those CD4 counts, indicating a nonsignificant drop. Although some infections, primarily in the absence of HIV treatment, can result in increased viral load and decreased CD4 counts, I suspect this is not the case here.



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