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Cd4 Count In Single Digits

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CD4 terminology

My brother was just diagnosed and was told he had a CD4 count of 2 and yet all I read on is in the 100's. Can you help me understand this better>
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hello and thanks for your post.A CD4 count in the single digits is very, very severe (and not unheard of). Your brother is at significant risk of serious AIDS-related complications Read more »

A friend of mine is down to non-detectable levels; T-cells are still low. Why?

I am very concerned about my best friend. He tested positive for HIV in November of 2008; he was... Read more »


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San Francisco General Hospital

One Mother's Story

...PWAs alive in spirit. Everything got easier when the protease inhibitors became available. On combination therapy, Joseph's CD4 count -- which had been in the single digits for more than two years -- rose to 373, and his viral load fell from more... Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

Hot Topics at The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums, September 2, 2008

...HIV Doctor? When I was diagnosed in April of this year, my doctor did a round of lab tests, decided I didn't need HIV meds (CD4 count 580, viral load 6,000) and told me to come back in three months. In July, my lab results were even better,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Examines HIV-Positive Patients' Death Risk at CD4 Counts Above 350

...for continuing studies to examine the risks and benefits of starting antiretroviral therapy, or ART, for patients with high CD4 cell counts," HealthDay News reports. "For this study, researchers examined data from 40,830 HIV patients, aged... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CD4 Counts Decline Despite Nutritional Recovery in HIV-Infected Zambian Children With Severe Malnutrition

...contribution that severe malnutrition makes to CD4 lymphopenia in HIV-infected and -uninfected children and to determine the changes in CD4 count during nutritional rehabilitation. From a pediatric ward in Lusaka, 56 children with severe... Read more »
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Is there a point of no return?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My friend (really, no lie) has tested positive. He also has had a cough for 3 months, has lost 70 lbs. in 6 months, sleeps all the time, etc. He is moving back to family for treatment. Is there a point where the immune system is so damaged that... Read more »

How to increase CD4 Count?

Posted by Just_Joe, 2 Replies
...I have had HIV since November 2008 and 3-4 months later am undetectable with CD4 Count in the 200's but my last CD4 count in January 2010 is in the 300's. My doc said my ratio looks good as far as my CD4 count goes Read more »

CD4 Count 540, but negative?

Posted by yoshimi2, 1 Reply
...physchatrist. it is just that i feel as if i have hiv. i have never felt like this before. I feel tired,depressed, weak, ill, and my CD4 count is only 540. Read more »

How much can CD4 counts varry?

Posted by RogerRoger, 1 Reply my first CD4/Viral Load test back. The numbers were not looking very good - 330/3104. While the viral load was low, the CD4 count was low also. My doctor was concerned, and told me to get another CD4 count down asap and see him in 3 weeks... Read more »