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how fast should cd count rise
Mar 20, 2003

Generally speaking, once a person is on treatment and their viral load becomes undetectable (under50 copies), how quickly does their cd4 count rise (i.e. rule of thumb, 100 per year, etc?) I know it would vary in every different situation, but is there some "general" measure to look at to see how someone is progressing?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for a very important question.

If one looks at clinical studies, a typical CD4 cell rise in the first year is roughly 100 cells (assuming a starting, or baseline level of around 300). You're correct in the statement that there is a lot of variation to this, some people have much more, and others less. To a large extent, we know that the CD4 usually continues to rise, year after year, provided that the viral load remains suppressed. -BY

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