HIV Viral Load Is Not Reliable Indicator for CD4+ T Cell Counts, Study Says
September 28, 2006
Measuring HIV viral loads in the blood of people living with the virus is not a reliable indicator to predict CD4+ T cell counts of HIV-positive people, according to a study published in the Sept. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Long Island Newsday reports (Talan, Long Island Newsday, 9/28). Benigno Rodríguez of Case Western Reserve University and colleagues from August 2004 through March 2006 assessed the medical records from 1984 through 2004 for viral loads and CD4+ T cell counts of 2,801 HIV-positive men and women who had been observed without initiating antiretroviral treatment for more than six months (Rodríguez et al., JAMA, 9/27). Each person had at least two CD4+ T cell counts (Long Island Newsday, 9/28). The study finds that about 5% of the variations in viral loads corresponded to variations in CD4+ T cell counts (Reuters, 9/27). Patients included in the study were from Boston, Cleveland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle (McEnery, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/27).
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