|CD4 Drops VL remains <25
Mar 15, 2013
Hi, Doc... I have been on ATRs for almost one year, my lab results before start on ATRs were: CD4: 390 - 14% / VL: 15.600 copies First 3 months of ATRVs: CD4: 690 - 16% / VL: 750 copies next 6 months; CD4: 734 - 17,10% / VL; <25 next 9 monnth; CD4: 898 - 19,20% / VL; <25 next 12 month; Cd4: 398 - 17,20% / VL; <25
Im a little bit concern about the CD4 drop instead my VL remains <25, My doctor was also a little bit concern too, and she request some lab studies such as: Eisnt Barr, Citomegalovirus and HTLV. What do you think about that? do you think I should be conern? Im really worried and I would apreciate your opinion.
Pedro From Venezuela
| Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
With your CD4 percentage remaining essentially the same over this period of time, I'm not concerned with a single total CD4 cell count drop. I'd wonder if you had a recent cold, infection or herpes flair- such things can easily drop the count temporarily. Without new symptoms, I'd really doubt EBV, CMV or HTLV.
I probably would have simply repeated the CD4 test in a couple of weeks.
Hope that's helpful and let us know how things turn out. BY
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