Aug 6, 2003
can hiv progress without effecting cd4s (cd4 percentage)?
Response from Dr. Wohl
Progress. It depends by what you mean by this word. We gauge progression of HIV infection by a number of parameters including the decline in CD4 cell count and the development of HIV-related illnesses.
Generally, as HIV progresses, the CD4 cells drop and when they fall to low levels, HIV associated illnesses develop.
There are people who have HIV infection but have very low viral loads and stable and high CD4 cell counts. These people overwhelmingly do not get HIV related illnesses. DW
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