Feb 4, 2012
I understand that HIV infection generally makes CD4 counts decline and CD8 counts increase. With successful treatment this trend reverses, i.e. the ratio of CD4 to CD8 increases. Normal is between 1 and 6. Looking at my results over the past 5 tests (18 months)my CD4 has gone from 796 to 1006, yet my CD8 has gone from 774 to 1174. A steady ratio of about 1. My doctor is not concerned, but it leaves me curious. Why hasn't my CD8 count decreased? Any insights?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
I'm with your doctor. Your overall results, especially your CD4 count and CD4/CD8 ratio are all in the normal range.
BTW, I'd double check your normal ranges for the ratio- I'm happy if my patients are anywhere near 1.0.
Be well, BY
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