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Confused...Please help?
Sep 28, 1998

Dear Doctor, kudos ahead of time for answering such a wide variety of question's, here is mine. I've read some of your most recent posts, someone asked a question about Low Lymphocyte %, correct me if i'm wrong, did you say that one could indeed have a Low Lymph % and not necessarily be infected? Thank you again.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

That is correct. Lymphocytes (which include CD4 and CD8 T cells) are a class of white blood cells that account for about 25-35% of the cells in your blood. In certain kinds of infections and cancers like leukemias, the other cells in your blood go up and the total lymphocyte % will go down. There is even a small group of people with very low CD4 cell number that have some of the same kinds of opportunistic infections that AIDS patients have, but these people do not have HIV infection. MH



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