|CD4 count dropping rapidly
Jun 3, 2007
I tested positive for HIV type 1 on april 1st. My last previous HIV test was 6 months ago and i was HIV negative then. I have always used condoms except for oral sex, so i didnt think i could ever become positive. My last check up was done this month only because i was going to have a surgical procedure and that was a standard test. My question is this, even though i know that i havent had the disease for more than 5 months, why is it that my cd4 count is only 210? My wbc count and t cell count on my test on the 1st of april was 3.59 WBC and normal lymphocytes, but low neutrophils. The test that i had done 5 days ago however where normal white blood cell count (4.4) but low lymphocyte count and cd4 count of 210. I don't understand how it could go down so fast, any ideas?
| Response from Dr. Pierone
Hello, thanks for posting.
I'm sorry to hear about your new diagnosis of HIV infection. Sometimes immediately after infection there is a rather precipitous decline in the CD4 count which subsequently rebounds on retesting.
The only way to know for sure is to have some follow-up testing of both viral load and CD4+ lymphocyte counts in order to establish a longer term trend. Once you have some additional readings please let us know.
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