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When To Start Meds -- Pregnancy And Low CD4 Count

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CD4 Count V. CD4% Count (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2010) (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2010)

Hi,I was diagnosed with HIV around 15 months ago. Since then my health has been good (especially in the last six months) but my CD4 count has fallen a bit rapidly from 470 to 371 to 324 over this time period. However, my CD4 percentage count has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are correct: The CD4% is generally considered the more accurate indicator of immune integrity, as it doesn't tend to fluctuate as much due to intercurrent illnesses and other non-HIV-related factors. (See below.)Regarding beginning... Read more »

Low CD4, OK CD4 Count, Start Treatment?

Without going into a lot of treatment history, I have been positive since October 1999. I've... Read more »

High CD4% & very low CD4 count

This morning I got my CD4 results back, am very suprised and even feeling sick suddenly, My C4% was... Read more »
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Maternal HAART Use During Breastfeeding Can Significantly Reduce Mother-to-Child Transmission Among Women With Low CD4+ Cell Counts, Study Finds

There's nothing like hearing the results of studies directly from those who actually conducted the research. In this study summary, Taha Taha, M.D., Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health discusses the results of a... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Low CD4 Cell Count Increases the Risk of Several Cancers After Starting HIV Therapy

Researchers investigated the incidence and timing of cancer diagnoses among patients who began triple-drug antiretroviral therapy (ART) between 1996 and 2011. The researchers reviewed the records of approximately 11,500 persons, examined trends in... Read more »
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FAQs About CD4 (T-Cell) Count

Don't see your question? Ask it in our Understanding Your Labs forum ! The Basics | Increasing CD4 Count | What's a Normal CD4 Count Rise? | Pregnancy & CD4 | CD4 Drops The Basics What's a "normal" CD4 count? What is a CD4 cell,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Examines HIV-Positive Patients' Death Risk at CD4 Counts Above 350

"Having HIV appears to be associated with a greater risk of death, even when the immune system is relatively robust and patients have not started treatment," according to a study published Friday in the Lancet , MedPage Today reports (Smith,... Read more »
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Low CD4 Counts - What Now?

Posted by amandajeanbrown, 7 Replies
My CD4 count has dropped to about 467. My VL is 2210 (no worries). What are some things that I can do to bring my CD4 count back up to 800-1,000? Suggestions are much appreciated. Does diet affect this, sleep, etc. Read more »

improving cd4 counts

Posted by terrrrrry2003, 2 Replies
Hi There everybody travelling on the positive train. I've been + for ten years now and been on meds for 4 years and then off them again for over three now ( with doctors approval ). As we all know, the bottom line is when the doc says " I think its... Read more »

Help! BF has low CD4 and high VL

Posted by LoveofMyLife, 2 Replies
Hi everyone. I'm negative. My bf has been positive for 21 years. He has been non-compliant with his meds off and on over the years. This week, we found out that his CD4 is 65 and VL is 80,000. His doc (an HIV Specialist) is doing the resistance... Read more »

How much can CD4 counts varry?

Posted by RogerRoger, 1 Reply
I tested poz fairly recently, and got my first CD4/Viral Load test back.

The numbers were not looking very good - 330/3104. While the viral load was low, the CD4 count was low also. My doctor was concerned, and told me to get another CD4 count down... Read more »