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Cd4 Count If No Detectable Antibodies

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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 »

CD4 fell from 525 to 265 in 8 months (CD4 count versus CD4%, 2011)

Hello doc, I got detected hiv+ in Dec 2008 with HIV-1 subtype B, i was negative till july 2008. I got my first cd4 and vl test in March 2009 and my cd4 - 750 and cd% -28% and VL- 34k I have got resistance to emtricitabine and lanivudine. Then I did...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.Are you on antiretroviral therapy? If not, you should be.It's worth noting that despite the somewhat worrisome drop in absolute CD4 count, your CD4% has remained stable (in fact slightly increased) over the last three blood draws (October... Read more »

CD4, CD8, CD4/CD8 ratio

Dear Dr. Bob,I have a cd4 count of 800(350-1900, range), is 50(32-68,range), cd8 count of 266(155-1000,range), cd8 17 (14-38,range), and finally cd4/cd8 ratio of 2.99( .9-3.5 range). I do not have hiv according to the test I have taken, elisa, pcr...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You have a negative ELISA, negative PCR-DNA, and negative PCR-RNA two years after a possible exposure. You also have completely normal CD4 counts. And you're still "going crazy?" Why??? Are you upset about being HIV-negative?... Read more »

VL, CPR both Negative, Alla antibody tests positive, Low CD4

In May 2002 I tested positive to Elisa and Western Blot tests. In preparation to start treatment I did a CD4 test and my numbers were CD4: 237, CD8: 897, cd4/cd8: 0.26. My VL test came out at the same time as undetectable (<50). I then took a DNA...
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 is definite evidence of immune system suppression given the CD4 count and CD4/CD8 ratio. Possibilities here include an HIV-1 viral strain that is not being picked up by the PCR tests (proviral and plasma VL). This is highly possible if you... Read more »
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Negative but with a very low CD4 and CD4/CD8

Posted by tobeabetterman, 1 Reply
Hi everyone , sorry to bother again .
I was once told by dear kicker and riverprincess that my 3 months result is conclusive , thank you very much with my best wishes , and I'm sorry I have bother you again .
Some new situation make me nervous again .... Read more »

cd4

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Dear Uhoh,

On a previous post you said you had low cd4 counts yet have tested negative to hiv (I think you must be well beyond the window period?). I am still freaking about my low cd4 counts - I wish I had never had my CD4 count done! I have tested... Read more »

cd4 count

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
is there any way of getting around having an hiv test? like could i just have my doctor test my cd4 count instead. would you be able to tell from that whether or not it seemed like i needed to be tested? Read more »

Unusual case. Ongoing Low CD4 - HIV possible?

Posted by Tryin2BRational, 4 Replies
I wrote awhile back outlining a one-time risky exposure in March 2006(unprotected vaginal sex) with a female of unknown status. I contacted her and she told me she did not have HIV, but I doubted her veracity (I had two consectutive rounds of... Read more »