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Immune Restoration

...restoration looks for ways to fill these gaps. A healthy immune system can fight off opportunistic infections (OIs, see Fact Sheet 500 ). Because these infections develop when CD4 cell levels are low, many researchers think that CD4 cell counts are a good measure of immune function. They believe that increases in CD4 cell counts are a sign of immune restoration. There is some disagreement on this point. (See " Are New CD4 cells As Good As...
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T Cell Count

I wrote to you a couple of days ago. My t cell count was 678 and my viral load was 243,000. Those were my first lab results. My ex lover received his first set of lab results, too. My question is, why would his t cell count be at 233 and mine at...
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
...How a person responds to HIV infection depends on the strain of virus received during infection and a person's underlying immune system. No two people respond the same. Read more »

T cell count

what is the difference between two people one with High Tcell (> 500) count and other with Low T cell (100-200)count when the viral load is detectable in both of them.Does T cell count play a major role in HIV patient when the Viral load in...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...everything to do with health in the HIV-infected person. The level of the CD4 cells is a measure of the health (or disease) of the immune system. Someone with a count below 200 is at risk of having an AIDS complication, whereas someone with a... Read more »

CD4 Cells Count x Oportunistic Infections

Dear Dr. Gallant, First of all, congratulations for wonderful job at TheBody.I would like to know if a HIV+ person with a CD4 = 473, a good weight and a general health status good, canbe victim of any opportunistic infection or any HIV ill related ?...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
...advanceddisease.There is a correlation between RNA (viral load) and CD4 count, with viralloads tending to be higher with lower CD4 cell counts. However, there isenormous variation among individuals, so the correlation is not very strong. The two... Read more »

Cell count went up - is it bad?

My brother has had HIV since December of 03. He recently acquired Mono and I heard that his cell count went up 11,000 and that was bad. He now has to start treatment for his HIV. My question is what cells are these that are bad and what would be...
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
...for me to answer your question as I need two critical lab test values. One is the CD4 count, which are important cells of the immune system and are the ones affected and infected with HIV. The other is the viral load, which is how much virus is... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Incomplete Peripheral CD4+ Cell Count Restoration in HIV-Infected Patients Receiving Long-Term Antiretroviral Treatment

...3 ). The median follow-up period was 7.5 years (interquartile range, 5.5-9.7 years). Throughout the follow-up period, CD4+ cell counts continued to increase, though slowly after year 4. Almost all (95 percent) of patients who started therapy... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...can be very expensive. Early treatment can protect the immune system from damage by HIV. Immune damage shows up as lower CD4 cell counts and higher viral loads. These are associated with higher rates of disease. Older people (over 40 years old)... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Low CD4 Cell Count Elevates Cancer Risk in Patients With HIV

...beneficial if it restores or maintains CD4 counts above 500 cells per [microliter], thereby indicating an earlier diagnosis of HIV infection and an earlier treatment initiation," the team concluded. "Cancer-specific programs need to be assessed... Read more »
The Well Project

Fungal Infections

...very irritating!) Candidiasis of the Vagina (Vaginal Candidiasis, Vaginitis or Yeast Infection) May occur with high CD4 cell counts (around 500), but more likely to develop at lower CD4 counts So common in HIV-positive women that any... Read more »
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What is a T-Cell or CD4 Count?

Posted by TheBody
...What Is a T-Cell or CD4 Count? Your T-cell count, also known as a CD4 count, reveals the number of T cells in your body. A T cell is a special kind of white blood cell, and the Read more »

Do anybody know about CD4 cells count?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...500, which means there is already damage done to my immune system?! My question was: If medical document all relate low CD4 cell counts to HIV/AIDS, what could my low count mean? Other than HIV infection, do all viruse infection affect the... Read more »

White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...When you get a standard blood workup from the doctor and they say your white blood cell count is elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in white Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
if u are infected with hiv does this show up in wbc counts? and does a normal blood test ever suggest a hiv test should be taken>? Read more »