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Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

The Basics CD4 Count and HIV CD4 Count and HIV Treatment CD4 Cell Test The Bottom Line The Basics Your immune system protects your body by fighting germs and infections.White blood cells are an important part of your immune system. HIV infects and destroys a type of white blood cell called aCD4 cell (sometimes called a T-cell). As the immune system loses CD4 cells, it becomes weaker and is less able tofight off germs. When it...
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Once you have AIDS by CD4 count-Do you Always have AIDS?

I can't get a straight answer. I hope you can help. I was diagnosed positive in 2004. The doc I had then believed that not starting meds was the best thing to do because of getting medication resistance too early. Between 2004 and 2009,...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.In brief, yes. If you had a CD4 count below 200 (and percent less than 15), you had an AIDS diagnosis. By definition, once you have an AIDS diagnosis, you always carry that diagnosis, even after your CD4 count (and... Read more »

AIDS with CD4 7

Hi Mark,I was diagnosed with AIDS in August with a CD4 of 7 and KS diffused throughout my body (intestine, lungs and external), though external KS only look like small dots (of less than 10 in number) which dont look apparently serious.I was only...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
You don't indicate whether you are on HIV treatment or not, and whether your HIV is under control (undetectable viral load). If you are not on HIV treatment, you need to be. If your CD4 count is still below 200 you should be on PCP prophylaxis.... Read more »

AIDS CD4 #20

My brother's CD4 cell count is 20. He has PCP and in the hospital on oxgyen. Our family is very close but he just told us he is gay and didn't know he had full blown aids. He didn't know either. The doctor thinks he has had AIDS...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
The doctor is probably correct. People with HIV infection do not become this ill overnight. The time between the initial HIV infection and the time of illness onset is on average about 10 years. Even after the onset of symptoms, progression to... Read more »

AIDS with CD4 of 7

Hi i was diagnosed with AIDS and Kaposis Sarcoma in August 2012 with a CD4 of 7. Since then my CD4 has gone up to 58 in February this year with HAART treatment (Isentress/Truvada) for 6 months. My KS was also controlled through chemotheraphy though...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Long term prognosis is variable in situations like yours. Some patients respond well to antiretroviral therapy and KS targeted treatment and can do well-survive-long term (> decades). I have cared for some patients who had diffuse KS in the mid... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I have been positive and healthy on no meds for the last 8 years. Now my cd4 count which was about 600 is down to 170 and my once undetectable viral load is now detectable. What's the average timeframe a person survives after an AIDS diagnosis ? I... Read more »

CD4, 320 , Viral load 26000, what to do??????

Posted by david73, 8 Replies
Hi ,I'm a 36 yr old ,new to this site and new to this world of hiv.
I have a Dr . that specializes in hiv, I was diagnosed 5 mos ago.and my last blood test was done last week and results are in today ...... cd4 320, viral load 26000. this is the 4... Read more »

Worried CD4 count and viral load

Posted by New33, 4 Replies
Hi everyone,

I've never used this service so please bare with me explaining my question.

I go to the MSHC in Melbourne / Australia but felt a little rushed of late to ask some question about my results for HIV and hoping this post finds its way to... Read more »

High VL/High CD4: what to do?

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
Hi from Italy.
I'm HIV+ since Feb 00 and I discovered my status in June.
Since then I have regularly checked my situation having always high VL (from 60K to 240K) and high CD4 (from 750 to 1000).
My last analysis are VL: 200K and CD4: 907.
My doctor is... Read more »