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Why is my CD4% so low?

Aug 3, 2010

My CD4 is 532, the my CD4% is only 12. Why is that and what can I do to increase it?

Response from Dr. McGowan

Thanks for your post.

The CD4% reflects the balance of your immune system, specifically bewteen the CD4 (helper cells) and the CD8 (killer cells). HIV is the cause of the imbalance (lowering the CD4 out of proportion to the CD8). Usually a CD4% of 12 is seen when the absolute CD4 count is just below the 200 range. This means that when your HIV is suppressed and you see an increase in your CD4 counts you will likley end up with CD4 counts on the higher range of normal (over 1000-1500). CD4 numbers vary quite a bit (100 points or more) as cells move in and out of tissues. So the balance one day can change with the next test, it is the overall trend that matters most.

Best, Joe

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