Causes Of Decrease In Cd4

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Can Bactrum cause a decrease in cd4 or increase in viral load?

My first set of labs came back with cd4 at 299 and viral load at 6,000. Dr. suggested starting meds. I think its too soon. He then put me on long term bactrum and ran labs a month later...cd4 246 and viral load 14,000. Any coralation?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

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...thank you for your post.No, there's no correlation between your lab changes and the use of Bactrim (sulfa)-- the changes in your CD4 count and viral load are well within the normal variation of the tests.On a separate note, if your doctor has... Read more »

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