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CD4 count

Nov 26, 2017

My cd4 was 1200 with viral load 1043000 and i stared treatment from 2 months so when i make cd4 test again after treatment 830 so its mean drugs not working or what

Response from Dr. Holodniy

As long as you are taking the HIV meds they should be working. You don't indicate whether a HIV viral load test was also performed after 2 months of treatment. If a significant decrease in viral load was found, then the drugs are clearly working. There can be variability in the CD4 count for a number of reasons including time of day of test, different labs or assays, stress, because of other active medical problems, among others. Both of those values are in the normal range (500-1500), so I am not concerned. Another number to follow is the CD4 percent, which is a more stable number over time.



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