|Can Sun Affect t-cell Count?
Aug 15, 2007
I have worked deligently over the past two years to bring my t-cell count up from 202 to 530. However, I just got my most recent results, which the labs were taken three months from the 530 count, and my t-cells have plummeted to 349!! I am trying to contact the doctor to get new labs, but am going a bit crazy right now. My numbers have continued to climb, though gradually, over the past two years. What could have caused this incredible decline? I have not been sick, at all, during this time period. The only thing I know that I have done any differently is to get a sun-tan. Can the sun have negatively impacted my cell counts like that? If so, is the damage permanent or will they come back up?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Sun exposure generally does not impact the CD4 greatly. The CD4 count is a highly variable measure (in the same patient can vary fairly widely in the same day with an up and down course over a 24 hour period often related to biologic rhythm/hormone levels. Often true trends can be better evaluated by the CD4%. If your CD4 % has stayed the same then often the CD4 count will be back up again on a future blood draw. KH
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