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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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Early Symptoms

Once infected with HIV is it likely that any symptoms will appear in the time following the exposure( say 3 -4 weeks)....
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
The acute retroviral syndrome, or symptomatic primary HIV infection, occurs in anywhere from 50 to 90% of people who become HIV infected, usually 2 to 4 weeks after exposure. The symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rash, and... Read more »

MY MOTHER/LOW WHITE BLOOD CELLS

In early Oct of 2003, my mother tested pos for hiv. she has had it for years, but the dr. she seen told her it was the flu and prescribed antibiotics for about 2 years. he told her she had thrush and a low white blood cell count but not to worry....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
If you mean her T-cells (also called CD4 cells, a type of white blood cell), yes, these cells and other white blood cells should start to increase with HIV therapy. In about a month a rise in T-cell counts should be observed. Meanwhile, run,... Read more »

Can Low Testosterone Occur Early in HIV

Hi, Dr. Bob,Just wondering if low testosterone occurs early in hiv disease. I have been positive for one year and for the past few months have had reduced libido, fatigue, no erections, and wonder if it is hiv-related? I am 43....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Ohhh - hard question! Or maybe not so hard?HIV-related? No, probably not. Actually, it's probably just old age. Wait! Don't click the computer off! I'm kidding. Yes, hypogonadism (low testosterone) can occur in asymptomatic (early)... Read more »

Low Viral Load, but early Infection

I am 35 and I have a viral load of between 8,000 and 16,000. My CD4 is 1000. I was infected about three months ago. I've heard that there is a theoretical benefit of starting treatment during early infection. Have I missed that window of...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Yours is an interesting situation-- I'd normally expect that someone with acute or recent HIV infection to have avery high viral load.Indeed, one of the goals of early treatment is to cause the viral setpoint (the viral load during chronic... Read more »
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hsv2 and low white blood cell count

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Could having hsv2 delay hiv antibody results(keep coming up negative but positve)? And could a low white blood cell count 3.9 normal is 3.8- 10.5 be a sign of possible aids or hiv becoming aids even though negative on antibody test and negative on... Read more »

Low White Blood Cell count

Posted by adlers, 1 Reply
Hi,
I recently had a Full Blood Count taken as routine as i have had bad stomach aches etc recently. When they returned they showed a low white blood cell count. The blood was taken about a week after a very drunken incident with a guy. We had sex... Read more »

Too early for symptoms?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Sorry if this is not allowed here but on the forum it says we can discuss other STI's as well as HIV.

New Years Eve I had an encounter with a guy I had been talking to over the internet. We engaged in oral sex (passive and receptive), him performing... Read more »

Early Symptoms?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
About 10 weeks ago I had sex with a man I have since heard has hiv. We didn't use a condom. I couldn't wait the full twelve weeks so I took a 9 week at home that came back negative. However, I have a cough I can't seem to shake and had a yeast... Read more »