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Lab error

Aug 11, 2012

Hi Doc, I'm just writing to enquire if labs can get the cd4 and cd8 mixed up. Basically, I went to my nearest clinic and got the result: CD4 1880 55% and CD8 660 19% CD4/CD8=2.9 A month later I went to a clinic 200 miles from my home and got the result:CD4 822 57.5% and CD8 245 17.5% CD4/CD8=3.36

I'm suffering from worsening seb derm so I'm concerned the test could be giving out inverted results in both places I got tested. Could this be a possibility?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Possible, but you don't indicate with your HIV viral load level is, or whether you are on HIV treatment or not to understand whether that could be affecting the numbers.

Can HIV be undetected in a test?
My viral load is going up

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