My Latest HIV Labs 19 Months Post HIV/HCV Diagnosis
By Kevin Maloney
October 8, 2011
I wanted to share with you my latest HIV labs in hopes of familiarizing those newly infected with HIV to the kind of tests that may be performed at your check up every 3-6 months. I'll also explain some tests, and point you in the direction of resources to help you interpret your results. Please comment, I love comments!!
I was diagnosed with HIV March 3, 2010 (19 months ago) and a month later was told I also contracted hepatitis C through sexual intercourse, not IV drug use. These labs are 18 months into ART (Anti Retroviral Treatment) for my HIV which consists of the medications Truvada and Isentress. I was also treated for hepatitis C genotype 1a for 6 months using interferon and ribavirin, and these test results below are nearly 1 year POST hepaitis C treatment.
Before going into these labs I told my doctor I was going to be upset if my CD4 was below 400 again. Since my diagnosis I have only seen my CD4 above 400 just once. The lowest it got was 250 at the height of my hep C treatment. My doctor called me about these results and told me my bone marrow/T-cell generating sites still have not completely recovered from the interferon and that some take longer than others, but that I am in safe range.
A normal CD4 cell count in an HIV-negative man is between 400 and 1600 per cubic millimetre of blood (but doctors normally just give a figure, e.g., 500). CD4 cell counts in HIV-negative women tend to be a little higher, between 500 and 1700.
CD4 %: A normal result in a person with an intact immune system is about 40%, and a CD4 cell percentage below 20% indicates the same risk of becoming ill with an AIDS-definining illness as a CD4 cell count of about 200.
To read more about the above lab tests and what they mean I've compiled a list of a few resources including the ones above.
HIV LAB Result Meanings:
On your smart phone check out the app LABGear.
NOTE: Different labs may have different reference ranges and taking certain medications can affect your test results.
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