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CD4% declined
Aug 9, 2014

Should I be worried with my latest CD4? The count increased, but the CD4% decreased by 2.7% (just a little under 3% which makes the decrease significant). 1.5 months before the CD4 test, I had shingles, which was resolved 4 weeks before my last CD4 test. And, is an increasing lymphocyte a good sign of immune recovery? By the way, last april 2014, my first and last test for viral load was already undetectable.

Date - CD4 Count - CD4% - Lymphocyte Count - WBC: June, 2013 - 14 CD4 - 1.77% - 774 - no WBC data; Sept, 2013 - 90 CD4 - 5.76% - 1564 - no WBC data; Dec, 2013 - 77 CD4 - 4.98% - 1548 - 5.14; Apr, 2014 - 93 CD4 - 8.32% - 1116 - 4.2; July 2014 - 113 CD4 - 5.53% - 2047 - no WBC data.

With my current CD4, can I already travel by plane without fearing infections from other passengers?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

With your undetectable viral load and CD4 count above 100, your general risk of infections has much improved. Your CD4 percentage change is within the 3% range of normal day to day variation (and I do wonder if your previous shingles might have influenced the test).

I fly a lot for work- I always advise air passengers to stay hydrated and wash your hands with soap and water from time to time (not Howard Hughes agoraphobia time, but when the opportunity arises- before, during and after the flight).

Hope that helps and safe travels, BY

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