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cd4 count
      #201050 - 07/23/06 03:03 AM

is there any way of getting around having an hiv test? like could i just have my doctor test my cd4 count instead. would you be able to tell from that whether or not it seemed like i needed to be tested?

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Re: cd4 count new
      #201068 - 07/23/06 08:21 AM

There is no way to get around an HIV test. It is the ONLY way to determine your status.

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      #201075 - 07/23/06 11:00 AM

If you are worried about asking your doctor for the test, depending on where you live there are likely alternatives. Many US states have testing centers with rapid tests, some allowing you to get tested anonymously. To be honest, even if they demand a name, you can provide a false one if it is that big a deal to you (not recommending this just stating it). You can also arrange an anaonymous test with a testing company. These can be found online.

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Re: cd4 count new
      #201086 - 07/23/06 12:13 PM

No there is not and why would you want to do that anyway?

A CD4 count only tests the health of a person's immune system. A person with HIV can have a CD4 count within normal ranges before the disease become very advanced. Morever, a low CD4 count will only tell that the immune system is suppressed but doesn't indicate why.

An HIV test indicates whether or not the body is producing anti-bodies that are used to fight HIV and the results of these are faster to obtain than a CD4 or viral load test.

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Re: cd4 count new
      #201088 - 07/23/06 02:29 PM

CD4 counts are very variable and no one CD4 test can tell you anything, including if there is immune suppression of any type. Stress, time of day, for women time of month, any cough, cold or sniffle, etc will cause the count to vary widely. What is useful to patients is the pattern that develops over time. Figure for a least a year, it's only somewhat helpful, but after about 4 tests a pattern then emerges showing the general direction of the CD4 count, this combinned with Viral load tests is how this test is useful.

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Re: cd4 count new
      #201089 - 07/23/06 02:48 PM

okay. thank you for your time. yes, that's mainly what i was wondering. i didn't want to actually have to take the test if there was another way to find out. i guess i have to go. thanks


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