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goloka
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How long before CD 4 drops
      #231763 - 10/01/07 01:02 PM

If you are recently infected, how long before your CD 4 is droped and WBC and CD 8 is up and ratio is inverted ?

Ben

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aloneindc
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Re: How long before CD 4 drops new
      #232434 - 10/14/07 09:41 PM

I tested positive very recently and am checked regularly - basically, i was recently infected (within the past 6 months). my first CD4 count was low - the doctors say that everyone reacts differently. You may be lucky enough not to have to take medication for a while, or your CD4 may drop quickly, like mine. Everyone is different.

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Jackie__Blue
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Re: How long before CD 4 drops new
      #232446 - 10/15/07 07:23 AM

You had a hand job. People don't get infected from handjobs.

FEARING you are infected is not the same thing as actually having to deal with BEING infected.

You have no business bothering people that are recently infected with questions that don't apply to you.





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Jackie__Blue
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Re: How long before CD 4 drops new
      #232447 - 10/15/07 07:31 AM

[quote]I tested positive very recently and am checked regularly - basically, i was recently infected (within the past 6 months). my first CD4 count was low - the doctors say that everyone reacts differently. You may be lucky enough not to have to take medication for a while, or your CD4 may drop quickly, like mine. Everyone is different. [/quote]

DC - The other thing you will notice is that your CD4 count will bounce around. One time I had a count plummet a couple hundred points, but the next one was higher than it usually ran. Stress, illness, basic health, time of the month for women and the 'who knows' factor can vary the CD4 count from blood draw to blood draw. It's the trend that is important, not anyone result.

Remember it's not just the CD4 count that is important. It's what your viral load is doing. Many times people with recent infections will have a high viral load and lower CD4 count, but then as the initial infection subsides, the viral load will decrease and the CD4s will rise.

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