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How Long Does It Take To Change Cd4

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AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...types of cells. CD4 cells are not counted directly. Instead, the laboratory makes a calculation based on total white blood cells. The CD4 count is not exact. What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? The CD4 cell value can change a lot. Time of day, fatigue, and stress can affect the test results. It's best to have blood drawn at the same time of day for each CD4 cell test, and to use the same laboratory. Infections can have a large...
Ask the Experts

Why CD4 goes down while CD4% goes up (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2009)

Hi Dr. Bob, it is a real pleasure to read your answers full of help, professionalism, generosity and fun. I started therapy at an absolute CD4 of 405 and 26% and VL above 100k, I started Atripla six months ago after the first three months my CD4...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...dealing with HIV. I was diagnosed about 9 months ago. I was wondering what the CD4 percentage was. Because my CD4 count had changed from 510 to 409 in a three month period but the CD4 percentage had risen by 1%. I'm just a little confused by the... Read more »

Rising VL Rising CD4 count

Over the last year I have been tested every 4 months. My results were VL undetectable CD4 379, next VL 5 CD4 392, next VL 69 CD4 462, last VL 92 cd4 569. I am taking AZT, Viread, Reyataz, Norvir, Vitimin D, Calsium, and Zantac. Why does my VL 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
...your regimen is failing at this point. As long as the Viral load does not shoot up dramatically (say over 500-1000) and your CD4 count and CD4 percent remain constant or increasing there is probably noting to be concerned about. Read more »

cd4 count

I had hiv since i was born in 85 i was on medicine all my life last year i decided to stop my medicine because i was doing really well i recently had my cd4 count done it is 24 and my viral load is sky high i started new medicine treatment how long...
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
...In general, the lower the CD4 count is when treatment is started the longer it may take to see significant increases. You don't indicate what your CD4 count Read more »

which is the best indicator CD4 count or CD4 percentage

can you please tell me what is the best results to look out for after a blood testis it the CD4 count or the CD4 Percentageafter recently starting on meds ie Atripla for 5 weeks my CD4 count went from 210 to 550 and my viral load 400.000 to 600 but...
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
...As with everything else in life, it depends. The CD4 count is prone to more acute changes, where the CD4 percent is a much more stable number over time. In your case, and in many people during the acute treatment Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

... Binding and Fusion HIV begins to enter a CD4 cell by binding (or attaching) itself to aspecific point, called a CD4 receptor, on the cell's surface. HIV must thenbind to a second co-receptor, either the CCR5 co-receptor or the... Read more »
The Well Project

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

...cells. In order to enter a CD4 cell, HIV attaches itself toreceptors on the outside (surface) of the cell. Each CD4 cell has a CD4 receptor and two co-receptors called CCR5 and CXCR4on its surface. To enter the CD4 cell, HIV must attach to the... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

...Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Lipodystrophy? Lipodystrophy, or "lipo" for short, is a collection of body shape changes in people taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). "Lipo" refers to fat, and "dystrophy" means bad growth. ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

U.S. Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines

... Why Do the Guidelines Keep Changing? Viral Load and CD4 Cell Testing Resistance Testing When to Start Treatment Goals of Therapy What Drugs Should Be Read more »
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just tested positive and CD4 already at 33!

Posted by PozFromHongKong, 2 Replies my first post. I am a newly poz from Hong Kong, I got tested back in October. I got my first lab results yesterday and my CD4 is at 33 and VL is 29,000, so the doctor put me on meds right away (I taking Truvada + Efavirenz). I was probably... Read more »

CD4+Tcell count indicative of nothing.

Posted by TonyF, 4 Replies considered a myth that the medical establishment promotes. We are led to believe that our bi-yearly doctor checkup of our CD4+Tcell count is a good baseline determination of where we stand immunologically. High CD4+Tcell count means that... Read more »

Does anyone feel good on meds??

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...I found out I was HIV pos last year. Doing well, feeling great, normal CD4 and percentages and VL less than 1500 on three tests. No meds needed yet per my HIV doc. Reading the posts here and letters to Read more »

Results Again - Worried

Posted by Anonymous
...fell, I know that I was infected in February and I was just wondering how long things take to change and should I expect a big change in my results. I am just looking for some support to tell me things will be ok, I am 22 and very worried about... Read more »