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How Can I Get My CD4 Count To Raise Higher

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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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CD4 Count V. CD4% Count (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2010) (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2010)

Hi,I was diagnosed with HIV around 15 months ago. Since then my health has been good (especially in the last six months) but my CD4 count has fallen a bit rapidly from 470 to 371 to 324 over this time period. However, my CD4 percentage count has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are correct: The CD4% is generally considered the more accurate indicator of immune integrity, as it doesn't tend to fluctuate as much due to intercurrent illnesses and other non-HIV-related factors. (See below.)Regarding beginning... Read more »

CD Count. (CD4 COUNTS NOT INCREASING DESPITE UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD, 2010) (LACK OF CD4 RESPONSE DESPITE TREATMENT, 2010)

Since my last consultation 6 months ago my CD4 count has gone up 2 only points from 153 to 155.I got this new result yesturday. My last increase was almost 50 points in 6 months. How concerned should I be about such a slow and disappointing...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The problem of poor CD4 response despite use of effective antiretroviral therapy that drives the HIV plasma viral load to undetectable levels is a vexing and perplexing problem. We still don't completely understand the reason for this... Read more »

Can I do anything to raise my CD4 count

Dear Doctor:My partner's CD4 count on his last visit droped from 975 to 775. His CD4 count the time before that was at 1050 and droped to 975. This time is VL went up to 145 which before that was undetectable. He is taking Viracept and...
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
It is important to know what the CD4 percentage is along with the absolute number. The percentage is generally a more stable number over time. If your percentage is stable, then I would not be concerned with the changes in absolute CD4 count yet.... Read more »

Is it possible to have a CD4 count higher than the absolute lymphocyte count???

Hi Dr. Holodniy,Just A quick question for you...Is it possible to have a CD4 count higher than the absolute lymphocyte count???Thank You Very Much,Thomas...
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
It would be unlikely unless the counts were wrong. CD4 cells make up a portion of the total lymphocyte count, which also includes CD8 t lymphocytes and B cells.... Read more »
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treatment starting at higher cd4

Posted by alive2, 1 Reply
now that people are being told to start medication at a higher cd 4 number does this pose a bit of apprehencion? will the first prescribed medications last longer? is it a ploy by big pharmacutical companies?
to me i worry when the cdc or reports... Read more »

Increasing CD4 count

Posted by notinterested, 4 Replies
Hello everyone,
I usually come on here and offer support and advice, and now I'm looking for some. I got my labs back and for the second time in a row by CD4 dropped. I've chosen not to know the number but from pestering my partner and getting hints,... Read more »

my CD4 counts dropped. is this normal?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have been infected for just 8 months and have been on meds. My CD4 counts rose to 416 and i am undetectable in viral load. My question is, last week, my CD4 counts dropped to 386. Is this normal? do they fluctuate? I'm worried that my meds are... 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 and just keep taking my meds, will... Read more »