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Can A Person Still Function Healthily With A Cd4 Less Than 200

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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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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 »

Absolute CD4 count down while CD4% up. (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%)

Hello Dr. Bob,You are wonderful and doing very important job :) . I have never seen such a Doctor who has an excellent sense of humor and plays the piano. Btw, I play the cello :) . Now my question. My time of infection is between 2006 02 and 2006...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Cello-Guy,I strongly disagree with the advice your doctor gave you regarding absolute CD4 counts versus CD4%! I reviewed this topic in detail recently in this forum. Consequently, rather than retyping the same information, I will instead... Read more »

undetectable vl, cd4 below 200

my cd4 has been above 200 up until 4 months ago when i got a bladder infection it dropped to 189 and this month rechecked ,it has dropped to absolute 152.percent 9.my viral load is still undetectable though and has been for over 2 years now.i am not...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
Unfortunately I do not have any clear answers for you. Someone would need to review all your medical records to figure out if you had a false positive test for lupus or if you do have lupus. Lupus is diagnosed by fulfilling certain criteria which... Read more »

Just infected and CD4 counts below 200

I found out I was +ve on November 09. I tested negative 2 weeks before until i started a really high fever that lasted for 1 month and was retested. On December my doctor found out I had an OI, Cryptococcal Meningitis. I have been taking antibiotics...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Certainly an intercurrent severe HIV-related opportunistic infection, such as cryptococcal meningitis, can cause CD4 cell counts to plummet. However, cryptococcal meningitis usually presents when CD4 cell counts are less than 100. It would be... Read more »
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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 »

Newly diagnosed, but CD4 counts is only 60!

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I have been unwell since this spring. After a series of lymph nodes problem, I went to have myself tested. Three weeks ago I learned that I was positive. Last week had my first HIV doctor appointment and did some blood works. Today I found out that... Read more »

Infects and CD4

Posted by Anonymous
I have a question I am not sure this is the best place to ask it but I can not think of anywhere else.

My question is people with HIV get different infections, some of them not very nice at all, But I was just wondering do you only get these... Read more »

CD4 Counts????

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
When I started meds, my cd4 count was 348. Is that in the bad range?
Since I started meds, it went up to 358. Read more »