Low CD4 Absolute but high CD4
Sep 8, 2001
My absolute CD4 was just 98 while my CD4 percentage was 49. Why is this so? I've been infected since last 11 years and I'm not on ARV or on any prophylatic treatment. So far I'm not infected with any major OIs except for minor skin problems. Is this because of the high CD4 percentage?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
That is a very high CD4 percent, even if you had a normal CD4 count. I would wonder what your total white blood cell count and total lymphocyte count was. I bet those numbers are relatively low to account for the low CD4 count. You don't indicate what your viral load is. If your viral load is very low or undetectable, then the CD4 percent is probably real. If your viral load is very high, then something doesn't make sense in these test results. MH
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