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Hiv Progress In The Blood Effects Cd4 Cells

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CD4 Cell Tests

... What Are CD4 Cells? Why Are CD4 Cells Important in HIV? What Is a CD4 Test? What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? How Are the Test Results Reported? What Do the Numbers Mean? "Non-AIDS" Illness and Death The Bottom Line
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Need your help to help (Thanks)

Afternoon Dr First and like always, thanks for all your help and support. Since I have been diagnosed HIV+ (more than 2 years ago) I started helping HIV people in my community as much as I can (listening them, supporting them, guide them to the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...time of the initial visits.As for treatment with antiretrovirals, many current guidelines recommend beginning treatment when CD4 cell counts are in the 350-500 range. I would not wait until CD4 cell counts drop to 200. Again, he can read much... Read more »

Sudden drop in CD4 count

I have been HIV positive and on Atripla since August 2009 and have blood work done every 3 months. My VL has been undetectable since November 2009. Below is my CD4 count and CD4% count since I've started Atripla:8/26/2009 CD4 66CD4/100 cells 3VL ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...test results.Thanks, College guyResponse from Dr. FrascinoHey College Guy,I'll reprint below some information about absolute CD4 cell counts and CD4%. The CD4% is the more accurate test, as it is less susceptible to variations related to... Read more »

Relation between CD4 count and Viral load

Dear Doctors,Thanks a lot for all your answers. You really dont know how much you are helping for people like me who are living in the remote areas of the world.I just want to know the relation between CD4 count and viral load . i guess if the CD4...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...your question.The viral load is the amount of virus in the liquid portion of a drop of blood. The CD4 count is the number of CD4 cells also in a drop of blood. The CD4 cells are infected by HIV and their numbers can drop over time due to HIV... Read more »

virual load & cell count

what is the virual load, and cell count? can you give the cell type(white/red blood cells) that are counted. or is it another type of body cells that are counted. please help
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...i.e. still infectted, and still able to spread the virus, though to a lesser degree than a person with a higher viral load.The CD4 cell count is the other main measure by which we monitor HIV disease progression. It is one type of white blood... Read more »
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The Well Project

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 Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell test (see sheet called Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests ) Overall Health How your body... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...immune system will be cured by taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is not true! Up to 60% of infection-fighting "memory" CD4 cells (see Fact Sheet 124 ) are infected during acute infection, and after 14 days of infection, up to half of... Read more »
The Well Project

Immune Reconstitution

...FDA-approved immune-based therapies for HIV diseaseavailable. How does HIV Damage the Immune System? HIV Reduces the Number of CD4 Cells HIV attacks the immune system's soldiers -- the CD4 cells. When the immune system loses too many CD4... Read more »
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Lab work

Posted by deadbody, 2 Replies
...how comes, which viral load then it measures, can someone clarify this issue to me in regard to the viral load and why a Lab blood work can not be used to confirm the status of a person in addition to the ELISA test? Read more »

Skipping Doses

Posted by chrisnxs, 2 Replies
...29th and he STILL has 14 of his once-per-day Norvir and Epzicom pills left. He's done this before and he told me that his last blood-work showed that his numbers actually increased so I don't understand why that didn't scare him into being more... Read more »

Preparing for treatment

Posted by JimDandyinLO, 3 Replies
...aren't so bad (650/15,000), should I try to talk him out of the Norvir, which I understand is responsible for the worst side effects? (I'm also HCV+, expecting to start treatment late summer.) Jim Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...less reliable than it appeared. World Health Organization guidelines recommend starting anti-retroviral drugs when someone's CD4 cell count has fallen below 350 cells per microlitre, an indicator of HIV infection, or for people with symptoms of... Read more »