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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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Whay has my CD4 remained low despite having a low viral load?

I became infected with HIV last year. At seroconversion my bloods were VL 2 million & CD4 203. I did not go on medication. Eventually, over the course of the year my cd4 has risen and has jumped up & down between 320 & 480, at the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Having a low viral load doesn't mean that HIV won't cause disease-- it is a barometer of how fast CD4s may decline, but only a predictor.Yes, it could very well be that you have a lower CD4 normally. You may take... Read more »

Low Viral Load low CD4

My wife, son and I are all infected with HIV+. I have a high CD4 of 384, undetectable viral load and so not on treatment for the time being. However, my wife who caught the infection earlier has a CD4 of 83 but a viral load of 2071. Is the low viral...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your post.You're correct in that your wife has a relatively low viral load, but clearly also has a very low CD4 count. Provided that there's no pre-existing drug resistance and that her adherence to the treatment is optimal,... Read more »

Low CD4, Low Viral Load

I recently had to start meds, but I was a little confused on my lab results. I have always heard that as HIV progresses your CD4 goes down while the viral load goes up. However, I have had the problem of my CD4 decreasing, while my viral load has...
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
Although you had a low level of viral load (and therefore replication) it appears that this virus was able to significantly destroy your CD4 cells. It is not always the case that your viral load has to be really high in order for this to occur.... Read more »

RE:Why low cd4 count and low viral load?

If he was diagnosed with AIDS with a cd4 count of 9 and a viral load of 24,000. Could that mean that he acquired hiv only a few years ago? Before he was diagnosed he had chronic diarrhea for a few months and then he developed pnuemonia. I am just...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your follow up questions.One really cannot measure the time of HIV infection from a CD4 or viral load test. While generally, most people take several years to progress from initial infection to symptomatic AIDS, some progress rapidly and... Read more »
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CD4, 320 , Viral load 26000, what to do??????

Posted by david73, 8 Replies
Hi ,I'm a 36 yr old ,new to this site and new to this world of hiv.
I have a Dr . that specializes in hiv, I was diagnosed 5 mos ago.and my last blood test was done last week and results are in today ...... cd4 320, viral load 26000. this is the 4... Read more »

cd4 at 35 and viral load 521 advice please!!!!

Posted by poliwog, 5 Replies
I just got back my labs. I started on Combivir and Kaletra 6 months ago. My viral load was over 100K and mt cd4 at 90. Afer 6 months my VL wentr way down but my cd4 count is 35. I was given two meds to fight any possible secondary infections and... Read more »

cd4 or viral load

Posted by Lilly, 2 Replies
When starting to think about treatment, does either counts (cd4s or viral load) play a bigger role? My viral load has recently dropped, but so has my cd4's. My counts are all still at a comfortable level for me with no meds, but at the clinic... Read more »

CD4 668 - Viral Load 227567 ? about viral load

Posted by Courtkidx, 1 Reply
I just got these results via phone and im just curious if anyone can tell me if I should be worried about my semi high viral load? I know my cd4 count is good. I am newly diagnosed as of dec. 30, 2009. Any info would be appreciated. Read more »