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T cell count

Apr 8, 2007

what is the difference between two people one with High Tcell (> 500) count and other with Low T cell (100-200)count when the viral load is detectable in both of them.

Does T cell count play a major role in HIV patient when the Viral load in Untectable.

thx alot Tony

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post Tony,

T cell (or CD4 cell) count has everything to do with health in the HIV-infected person. The level of the CD4 cells is a measure of the health (or disease) of the immune system. Someone with a count below 200 is at risk of having an AIDS complication, whereas someone with a count greater than 500 has an essentially normal level of immune function.

Having an undetectable viral load is the goal of HIV treatments and is generally required to have immune system recovery.

Hope this helps, BY

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