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CD 8's
      #273338 - 08/08/13 11:43 AM

We hardly hear the doctors talk about our CD8's. I know they are important to our immune system but not totally clear about it. Hey Kicker could you perhaps explain what CD 8's mean in regards to our CD 4's?

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Re: CD 8's new
      #273339 - 08/08/13 12:06 PM

Well that's not an easy one to answer simply but I will give it try.

Basically your cd8 cells are immune cells that "eat" other bad cells. Such as cancer cells and cd4 cells that are damaged. Since HIV takes over and alters the DNA of cd4 cells they become bad cells. The more bad cells you have the more cd8 cells you have normally.

Under normal conditions you should have slightly less cd8 cells than cd4 cells, but like all the numbers it varies and has a range dependent on time of day etc.

When you are infected with HIV your number of cd8 cells rises in sharp response to it. Cd8 cells go after only the infected cells and starts killing them off. Sometimes when you have to many cd8 cells they attack healthy tissue/cells causing inflammation.

The goal is to get the cd8 cells back down to normal range and keep them there to reduce inflammation and damage. Antivirals help with that by not allowing the cd4 cells to become infected to begin with.

Anyone with HIV or cancer is going to show an elevated cd8 count compared to their cd4 count. Normally you want it the other way around. If the numbers are close to one another its better than having them really far apart.

Overall though if your cd4 counts are good then there is nothing to really worry about. Just think of cd8 cells as your crowd control the more rowdy the crowd is the more crowd control you need and visa versa.

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Re: CD 8's new
      #273342 - 08/09/13 02:00 AM

I think kicker just introduced us to the newest rap artist phenomenon ... see-dee-ate ... or just cd8 for short! Step aside jay-z, eminem, 50 cent, lil wayne ... cd8 is in the house!!!!

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Re: CD 8's new
      #273344 - 08/09/13 02:49 PM

Though I know you are talking about rappers and know at least the names, I have no idea as to the punch line of that joke. Though I'm sure it's funny in some way.

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Re: CD 8's new
      #273348 - 08/09/13 04:25 PM

Thanks for you great explanation Kicker. I do like picture stories. And you discribed it very well. I totally understand now. Blood tests don't normally check the CD 8 , I think they should. And as for Anotherday's Hip Hop joke , don't worry Kicker . It went over my head too. Like a tricky volley ball shot !

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Re: CD 8's new
      #273358 - 08/09/13 08:57 PM

Oh you guys, you crack me up yet again ... kicker refers to cd8's as crowd control and a bit nasty ... rappers like to think they are in control of their "crowd" aka audience ... and that they are tough!!! So if you take all that toughness and crowd control and turn it into a rap artist ... he could be called CD8 (kinda like 50 cent or lil wayne) ...
let it fly around the room a few times, you'll get it!

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