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How Do You Raise CD4 Numbers

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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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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 »

Raising Cd4

For about the last 4 years I have had an undetetable viral load and a cd4 count that fluctuates between 350 and 490. What causes the fluctuations in the cd4? I am 50, fairly healthy and have had no minor or serious problems since my initial...
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
Given the duration of your infection, I would not be concerned about fluctuation in absolute CD4 count. Another number to follow is the CD4 percent, which is a more stable number time. My guess is that your CD4 percent had not changed significantly... Read more »

Can one raise CD4 count?

I tested positive in 1986. My highest VL was 750,000 6 years ago and lowest CD4 about 320. My highest CD4 was 1,090 which was 3 years ago and my VL dropped from 750K over a short period of time to undetectable after I started protease inhibitors. It...
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
Your doctor is right. Your numbers are great. One way to increase CD4 counts would be to use interleukin 2. IL-2 is t cell growth factor. It has been studied for many years and can relatively safely increase CD4 count. Whether those CD4 cells are... 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 »
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Increasing CD4 count

Posted by PeaceandLove, 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 »

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 »

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 »

Negative but with a very low CD4 and CD4/CD8

Posted by tobeabetterman, 1 Reply
Hi everyone , sorry to bother again .
I was once told by dear kicker and riverprincess that my 3 months result is conclusive , thank you very much with my best wishes , and I'm sorry I have bother you again .
Some new situation make me nervous again .... Read more »