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low absolute CD4
Apr 24, 2011

hello doctor my query is: making the comparison between the two last results We can see .... November 2010 (CD4 489 ââ(15%), CD4/CD8 ratio = 0.26 April 2011 (CD4 422 (18%), CD4/CD8 ratio = 0.32 undetectable = less than 20 copies

these results at 8 months of treatment, I worry about the decline of the absolute value of CD4, should not raise the value of CD4, knowing that I am undetectable?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I am not concerned. Your CD4 percent has increased and your viral load is undetectable. Both are good indications that the treatment is working. The CD4 count can vary due to time of day, stress, immunizations, other ongoing infections, different labs, among other reasons.



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