Feb 28, 2007
Dear Dr. Young...thanks for your swift response; I do feel reassured, so thanks, but still puzzled. I realise you can't get into messaging with your correspondents, but if you can explain this a bit better, I (and others, probably) would be grateful. I understand the inconsistency of absolute CD4 counts and the daily variation. But a 'blip' could be considered + or-10 or so...not more than 100! Its not as if there was simply no increase. What would have caused such a massive drop, back to the levels of a year ago? Thanks for your patience.
Response from Dr. Young
NB- Thanks for your reply. So many things affect the absolute CD4 count- particularly infections or vaccinations, rarely drug toxicity or other medical conditions can transiently affect the count. Again, when there's question, I'll always defer to the CD4% to see if there's a problem or not. If the percentage is stable (or in your case, increasing), I usually don't worry. BY
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