|A too quick decrease in CD4 %?
Dec 26, 2006
Dear Doctor, I got my lab results this morning: CD4 531, %32. My provider seemed happy about them and confirmed that I do not need meds for the moment (I stopped AZT/Epivir in spring 2004 with CD4 around 900, %50) but the results in June this year had been CD4 570, %43, in September CD4 720, %40. Is a decrease from 43% to 32% in 6 months something I have to worry about? This has been my lowest CD4 count and % ever, since I was diagnosed in 1993. Viral load in December 24K, in September 12K, in June 26K.
Thanks and regards
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Your most recent labs seem to indicate a larger than expected decrease in your CD4 count and percentage, though both are still in a relatively healthy range.
Before getting to concerned, I'd want to know if your labs were drawn when you were sick or had a recent vaccination (since either can negatively affect labs). When in doubt, I'll simply repeat the CD4 count to double check.
Best of health to you. Happy new year. BY
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