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Amount Of Cd4 T Cells In Acute Phase Of Hiv Infection

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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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Acute Phase CD4

A good friend of mine is dealing with the phychological impact of recently finding that he is HIV positive. Based on his history, he feels certain that he was infected 7 months ago (he was diagnosed 2 months ago when being treated for a wound that...
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
There are basically 3 possibilities. This person was infected a few years ago and so the timing is wrong. This person is still in the acute infection period, where we see CD4 counts drift to sometimes quite low levels and return back up to some... Read more »

Is my initial CD4 count artificially low because of severe acute HIV infection

Infected in May (I know exactly when) and had tested neg in April, 2012 and Dec 2011 so I know it's a recent infection. Massively sick July 3-13, got a bit better, then awful night sweats from July 24-31. I assume this is acute HIV and my...
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
Given your history of prior negative HIV tests, this does sound like acute HIV infection. It is likely that your lower CD4 count and high viral load are the result of acute infection, and you could see an improvement in your CD4 count and viral load... Read more »

CD4 @ 295 in acute infection

Hi Dr Young Thank you for being there and easing our minds knowing you are there with the answers to our questions. I finaly got to have my blood drawn yesterday and saw the hiv specialist today. My cd4s are 295 the results for viral load I will...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.First off, rest easily--you don't have lymphocytic leukemia. Lymphocyte counts can go up dramatically (and usually transiently) during acute viral infections of any kind (including HIV).As for your CD4s,... Read more »

Do CD4's go up or down upon 'flu vaccination or acute infection?

Dr. Holodniy,I have two questions and would appreciate your advice -1. Has anyone studied how the 'flu vaccine affects T cells from the time of vaccination till a month later? If so, what is the trend?... do CD4 cells go up upon vaccination and...
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
The published data in HIV infected patients around this issue is conflicting. Some studies show increases and others show decreases. This probably relates to the different populations and timing of samples. The change in CD4 count and viral loads... Read more »
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IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases

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IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases in HIV-Infected Patients

By Deborah Mitchell

TORONTO, Sep 20 (Reuters Health) - The addition of recombinant interleukin-2 (IL-2) to an HIV antiretroviral therapy produces an increase in CD4+ T-cell counts,... Read more »

Do anybody know about CD4 cells count?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi guys,

I have a question about my tests - in fear of HIV infection because of a bad incident and symptoms not long after, I went to have my blood tested for HIV as well as other infections - the PCR and antibody test both turned out Negative, but... Read more »

What is a T-Cell or CD4 Count?

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What Is a T-Cell or CD4 Count?

Your T-cell count, also known as a CD4 count, reveals the number of T cells in your body. A T cell is a special kind of white blood cell, and the more you have, the stronger your immune system is. When you were infected... Read more »

Acute HIV Infection Overview

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1. Acute HIV-1 Infection
Marcus Altfeld and Bruce D. Walker


Acute HIV-1 infection presents in 40 - 90 % of cases as a transient symptomatic illness, associated with high levels of HIV-1 replication and an expansive virus-specific immune... Read more »