how fast could CD4 count down
Nov 27, 2008
7 months is passed, april to november and my CD4 count down 32, it was 826 in april when I was diagnosed and now 794, I was really afraid at seeing it count down b/c I expected an increase for I have regularly taken my bactrim and avoided everything that could lead to reinfection sinec then, but the doctors was happy b/c Im still at normal level, I mean level that doesnt request me going on medication, still I ask; how fast could it run down, was that an achievement in 7months of daily drugs, should I ever await a count up while on bactrim or am I always going to count down gradually?
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thank you for your post.
First off, in assessing your labs, your CD4 absolute count is entirely normal and there's no obvious reason (unless you have a clinical AIDS-defining illness) that you require HIV medications or for you to be taking Bactrim (TMP/SMX, Cotrimoxazole, Biseptol).
CD4 absolute counts can vary considerably from day to day-- at least 10-20% is not an uncommon variation. Hence, while I can understand your concern about any decrease in the number, a 32 cell drop is well within daily variation; too small to have any significance.
If you need further reassurance, evaluate any changes in your CD4 percentage (CD4%)- if you see a large drop in percentages that is matched with similar magnitude drops in the absolute count, then there may be some meaning to the change. I wouldn't expect to see a significant change in your percentages at this time.
I hope this helps. Happy Thanksgiving day to you.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Hairy Tongue After Licking Anus Worried I Have HIV
- Itchy Rash After Vaginal Sex Without Condom What Are The Chances Of HIV
- Itchy Red Spots After Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation What Are The Chances Of HIV
- Pain In Penis After Sucking Penis Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Testicular Pain After Receptive Anal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- White Bumps On Penis After Anal Sex Bottom Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.