|Drop in T cells
Jan 29, 2011
I have been doing so well on meds--last viral load less than 20 copies (undetectable) T cells 631. That was December's result. In Sept my viral load was undetectable and T cells were at 838. In Nov, I had a horrific case of bacterial conjunctivitis which just cleared up. Could that infection possibly be the reason for the wild drop. In addition, I also had a cold which lasted for about 2 weeks in Dec. Any input will be much appreciated. Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Any intercurrent infection can temporarily depress absolute CD4 counts. Your counts are still excellent and your viral load remains undetectable. I see no cause for concern. You might follow CD4% rather than absolute CD4 count, as the former is less prone to these fluctuations.
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