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what are t-cells

Jun 6, 2004

Dear Dr.Pierone, My brother has recently been diagnosed with hiv. apparantly he has contracted this virus some years now (about 3) and as silly as it may sound we knew he was sick but not with what and he was never tested. He went to the doctor after being very weak and for a rashthats all over his skin.His t-cells are 30 I would like to know exactly what that means in plain english.

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A T cell (same as CD4 cell) count of 30 is low and means that your brother has AIDS. Normal CD4 count is about 1000. This means that he will need to be treated with HIV medications in order to return him to health. It will be important for him to receive care from a clinician with HIV experience.

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