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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He might need meds soon :(

Posted by pozsoulmate, 1 Reply
...medication, we have started to see small increases in his viral load. It is still very minor, under 1,000 copies, and a small decrease in T cells. However, this last test came back with his viral load at 350 and a drop in t cells from 720 3... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...of desperation when i was diagnosed back in July 2003 and took it (am treatment naive). My VL dropped from 20000 to 3000 and CD4 from 393 to 600 in six weeks! My doctor said it could have been a result of the end of the acute phase of infection.... Read more »

CD-4 UP?

Posted by shannon, 2 Replies
...Hey there. Good but confusing news at our house. David was inititially diagnosed about two months ago. His CD4 was 240. Since then he has made serious nutrition changes (based on recommendations in a book by a dietician specializing Read more »

CBC Blood test

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I understand CBC blood tests are not the way to diagnose HIV, but what does your WBC do in acute infection? Does it go up or down? Read more »