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hiv and Cytomegalovirus
Oct 28, 2005

I was diagnosed hiv poz. in July this year. My cd4 was 615 and viral load of 355. I just got another set of results and cd4 is 552 cd8 511 ratio is 1.08. I also have a positive cytomegalovirus result 43 au/ml. Can you tell me what this means and give me an idea of when I might need meds based on the first and second results. thanks, cliff

Response from Dr. Henry

Most HIV+ adults are CMV antibody positive indicating past history of infection (usually measured with a CMV IgG antibody titer). HIV+ persons with CD4 count < 100 are at incrased risk for CMV related disease which is sometimes monitored by CMV antigen or culture techniques. With a CD4 count at 615 (assuming you still have a spleen) there usually is not much concern about CMV relatd disease. Your HIV specilist is the best person to discuss if there are any particular issues in your case. KH



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