|Low Lymphocyte %
Aug 26, 1998
You recently addressed this issue, but can you tell us how dangerous is a low Lymph%, and how long can the human body "survive" with dangerously low levels?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
It is clear from HIV literature that a CD4 number of < 200 or < 14%, is associated with an increased risk of developing opportunistic infections. We also know that each person has thousands of individual types of lymphocytes (clones), each which respond to an individual type of protein or antigen. HIV infection causes a selective loss of these clones, not a uniform loss. This puts one at great risk for some types of infections, but not necessarily others. If one were to have a low lymph count (without HIV infection), but have all the individual types of cells present, you would be in better shape than if you had HIV infection with a selective loss. When one has HIV infection and the CD4 cell count falls below 50, your are at extremely high risk of infection. It is difficult to determine how long one could survive.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Are Lymphocytes High Or Low With Hiv?
- Can Hiv Cause Low Lymphocytes?
- Bloody Nose After Unprotected Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Painful Red Spots After Having Sex During Period Worried I Have HIV
- Swollen Lymph Glands After Insertive Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- After Treatment For Trichomoniasis How Should You Wait To Have Sex
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.