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Mar 12, 2003

Thanks in advance for answering this question, I have sent this question 3 times but not yet got a reply. Please answer if possible. Does smoking effect your cd4 count. I smoke approx 3-5 cigs a day plus the occasional joint and was wandering if I am effecting my cd4 count by doing so. I do understand the dangers of smoking in the long term.

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I don't know of a study that has demonstrated a direct effect of smoking on CD4 cell counts. Remember though, quantity does not equal quality and if I was to read that CD4 cells did not function as well in smokers as in people who did not smoke, I would not be surprised. DW

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