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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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