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LARGE T CELL DROP AFTER LONG TIME OF NO PROGRESSION

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CD4 Cell Tests

...the immune system. CD4 cells are sometimes called T-cells. There are two main types of CD4 cells. T-4 cells , also called CD4+, are "helper" cells. They lead the attack against infections. T-8 cells (CD8+) are "suppressor" cells that end the immune response. CD8 cells can also be "killer" cells that kill cancer cells and cells infected with a virus. Researchers can tell these cells apart by specific proteins on the cell surface. A T-4 cell...
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Sudden drop in CD4 count

I have been HIV positive and on Atripla since August 2009 and have blood work done every 3 months. My VL has been undetectable since November 2009. Below is my CD4 count and CD4% count since I've started Atripla:8/26/2009 CD4 66CD4/100 cells 3VL ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...mid-300s!). Your CD4% has risen from 3% to 15%. This is another measure of immune reconstitution. I wouldn't worry about the recent drop in absolute CD4 count. Looking at your results over time, there has been a steady and significant rise in... Read more »

You seem to have an answer for everything but in fact you don't (CURE, 2010)

Dr. Bob. You claim many times that you're one of the most optimistic guys on Earth but I have some difficulties to believe that. When it comes to the possibilities of a treatment change in the current decade you are very skeptic. I understand that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...inflammation rather than any unique activity of HIV that makes it harmful. They believe it causes harm primarily because it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins, which in turn harm the body. If this is correct, turning down or turning... Read more »

Need your help to help (Thanks)

Afternoon Dr First and like always, thanks for all your help and support. Since I have been diagnosed HIV+ (more than 2 years ago) I started helping HIV people in my community as much as I can (listening them, supporting them, guide them to the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...T-4 cells, also called CD4+, are "helper" cells. They lead the attack against infections. T-8 cells (CD8+) are "suppressor" cells that end the immune response. CD8 cells can also be "killer" cells that kill cancer cells and cells infected with a... Read more »

Medication

Hello there,Due to unforseen situation, can a patient with viral load lessthan 50 copies and steady t cell count around 800 could temporarily stop the medication ? If so for how long ? Kasey
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Social Security Disability determined me to be terminal and fast tracked my benefits. Then I had 159,000 viral load and about 100 T cell count. I had thrush, wasting syndrome, and flu like symptoms for weeks. I couldn't hold down food and my... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...they didn't have CMV before. The usual treatment is to add anti-CMV drugs to the patient's anti-HIV drugs. If the CD4 count drops below 50, there is an increased risk of developing CMV disease. Can CMV Be Prevented? Ganciclovir was approved... Read more »
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Participating in a Clinical Trial

...before it starts and while it is in progress. Trials can be stopped early if they are harming participants. You can decide to drop out of a clinical trial at any time, for any reason . Should I Participate? You and your health care provider... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Monitoring Your Immune System and the Virus

...order all of these tests all of the time): the total number of white blood cells (WBC); the total number of lymphocytes (T cells, B cells and natural killer cells); the number of T lymphocytes, or total T cells (marked as CD3+ on your lab... Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...system. Inflammation can be acute or chronic . Acute inflammation is when your body first responds by sending white blood cells to the damaged area. Your circulatory and immune systems assist in the process. For the most part, acute... Read more »
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Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...pains. I beleive pain equals disease. Also, I plan on getting check for cancer because of the pain I have under my arm. I would greatly appreciate any comments or feedback. Read more »

Starting meds for the first time.

Posted by glowstixboyoh, 15 Replies
...system was low to start out with. They say that each person is different so it is possible I just have a lower amount of blood cells then the average person. It just makes me angry to have to deal with this all at once. I have accepted the... Read more »

this is what freaks me out

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 1 Reply
...right now if there is a detectable VL to bring the virus down and restore whatever immune function may be left in terms of CD4 cells that may be active against HIV. At my age I do not have a thymus. - Do you have any cases of people in late... Read more »

T-cells dropping..............

Posted by MIT, 3 Replies
...T-cells dropping, viral load still low - under 13000 and feeling uneasy about going on meds. should one consider meds at under 200 or 350 t-cells? Read more »