|CD4, CD8, CD4/CD8 ratio
Jan 13, 2004
Dear Dr. Bob, I have a cd4 count of 800(350-1900, range), is 50(32-68,range), cd8 count of 266(155-1000,range), cd8 17 (14-38,range), and finally cd4/cd8 ratio of 2.99( .9-3.5 range). I do not have hiv according to the test I have taken, elisa, pcr dna and Rna all neg after 2 years. With the tcell count I have would my body be able to produce antibodies to hiv? would someone infected with hiv with no detectable antibodies be able to have such a good tcell count? I'm going crazy Dr. Bob, I need to know that my cd8, cd4 and cd4/cd8 ratio would be impossibe to have if infected with hiv and NO ANTIBODIES. Please forgive my stupidity. You are great Dr. Bob and we all appreciate your responses.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
You have a negative ELISA, negative PCR-DNA, and negative PCR-RNA two years after a possible exposure. You also have completely normal CD4 counts. And you're still "going crazy?" Why??? Are you upset about being HIV-negative? Your immune system is fine. You have no antibodies, because you don't have HIV disease. One thing you do have, however, is anxiety and an irrational fear of being HIV-positive. Your next step would be to see a counselor.
Good luck. Feel better.
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