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cd4 count-- two year mark
Feb 25, 2007

in a recent answer you said that up to 50% of newly infected people have their cd4 counts below 350 by the two year mark. I was under the impression that the majority of people go between 5 and 8 years before having their cd counts reach a level needing to start meds. most reading suggest this and that the average loss of cd4 is around 40 to 70 cells per year. which is true?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Both, in a sense. Conventional widsom says that the typical timeline to reaching a CD4 count of 350 is about 5-8 years; a more recent (single) well designed study suggests that at least some patients progress more rapidly. Stay tuned for more details- perhaps from this week's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

From day 1 of CROI in Los Angeles, BY


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