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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?

Thanks,

Concerned

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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