Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
          
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


GOING CRAZY PLEASE ADVISE
Mar 31, 2003

Hey Summer 2002 i had a swollen lymph node between my left cheek and ear. I went to the hosp and had blood tests. My doctor tol me that i had low CD4 cells... and made some extra tests. I had, Hep tset, Toxoplasma ,and HIV 1, AND HIV 2, all of these test were NEGATIVE... a biopsy of the lymph node and further nodes have shown EBV(ebstein bar virus,IGG) on the the elisa monitoring board. It s good to mention that my last sexual contact which was oral ( i gave oral sex to her) was on Dec 2001, and i had all the tests done on SEPT 2002. You are prob wondering y am i going crazy.,.,well because i know that low cd4 cells are a signature of HIV infections... plz tell me your opion...because i am going crazy,,every single spot i have gets me worried an anxious like hell.. could there be a mistake?and i still have HIV after 6 months? Thanx P.S this is the secon time i post this query,,

Response from Mr. Kull

Please remember, I am not a doctor. You should be relying on a medical professional, in person, to help you figure out any questions you have about your health and diagnostic tests.

Your HIV antibody test was negative 9 months after a low-risk exposure. Based on this information, you are not HIV infected.

Low CD4 cell counts are not necessarily a sign of HIV infection. CD4 cells are an essential component of the immune system that, among other things, help orchestrate an immune response against invaders (bacteria, viruses, etc.). Acute infections and surgery can affect CD4 levels. Also, CD4 levels can vary depending upon time of day of testing (there is also evidence of seasonal variations), stress, and fatigue. The way results are measured and interpreted is also important: absolute CD4 count (the whole number) looks different than those measured as a percentage of total lymphocytes. People with HIV infection also get periodic CD4 tests which gives a more thorough diagnostic picture than just one test.

RMK



Previous
SEX PRECAUTION
Next
please help me!!!!!!!!!!!

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

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.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement