|What does %CD4 mean?
Nov 18, 2007
My partner's %CD4 is 14%. What does this mean? The lab where he got his test done said the range should be 26-40%.
His CD4 is 486 and the viral load is 51,195. I read ealrier posts about starting meds at 350 CD4 level. What about viral load? Should we be looking at that at all? Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
CD4 percentage is a supplemental way of estimating the amount of CD4 cells in the body. CD4 absolute count is another method that actually is a calculated value that is dependent on CD4%.
There are a variety of conditions where the absolute count may not accurately reflect the CD4 percentage- conditions such as elevations in white blood cell counts, splenectomy or bone marrow disease.
We typically expect that for each CD4% of 7 units, there should be approximately 100 absolute counts. Hence, your partner has a percentage of 14, yielding an expected CD4 absolute count of 200.
Given these values, if confirmed by repeated tests, I would be considering HIV treatment.
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