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elite controllers' cd8 count ?

Oct 31, 2010

Dr, if a high cd8 count is the body's natural reaction to fighting and controlling the virus, do most ( or all ) elite controllers maintain a very high cd8 count, or at least one consistently higher than their cd4 count ? ( absent any medications, of course..)

Response from Dr. Holodniy

In general, they maintain a normal or slightly higher CD8 count. However, the function of these cells is increased and more efficient than those with HIV infection whose virus is not in control or is controlled by HIV meds.

Long-Term HIV Patient, age 60, with stable virile load
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