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How Long Does It Take To Change Cd4

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CD4 (T-Cell) Tests

What Are CD4 Cells? CD4 cells are a type of lymphocyte (white blood cell). They are an important part of the immune system. CD4 cells are sometimes called T-cells. There are two main types of CD4 cells. T-4 cells , also called CD4+, are "helper" cells. They lead the attack against infections. T-8 cells (CD8+) are "suppressor" cells that end the immune response. CD8 cells can also be "killer" cells that kill cancer cells and cells infected...
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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
Hi,When it comes to monitoring HIV disease, it's important to look for long-term trends rather than worry about transient swings, especially in absolute CD4 counts. Absolute CD4 counts are calculated from the absolute lymphocyte counts. The... Read more »

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 »

Change in CDC guidelines about frequency of CD4 test for people with stable CD4 levels??

Yesterday at my quarterly meeting with my doctor to discuss my latest bloodwork, he told me that a couple of months ago the CDC had changed its guidelines regarding how frequently people with stable CD4 levels ought to have their CD4 levels...
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
Yes, the new national guidelines issued last month indicate that in those people who have had stable HIV infection for some time, CD4 counts can now be monitored every 6-12 months. This is on a case by case basis and is based on a long term pattern... 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 response, the CD4 count will lag... Read more »
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Gonorrhea Affecting CD4 & Viral Load Count

Posted by jjdietz, 3 Replies
Hello,

I was diagnosed with gonorrhea last Saturday. I was given a shot and I'm taking medication. I'm feeling alot better, but I have to finish my medication for another week.

As of April, 2012, my CD4 count was over 2,000 and my viral load was less... Read more »

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 »

just tested positive and CD4 already at 33!

Posted by PozFromHongKong, 2 Replies
Hi all,

This is 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... Read more »

Cd4 drop

Posted by New33, 1 Reply
Hi everyone,

I've never used this service so please bare with me explaining my question.

I go to the MSHC in Melbourne / Australia but felt a little rushed of late to ask some question about my results for HIV and hoping this post finds its way to... Read more »