How Low Can Cd4 Cells Be Before You Get Sick

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CD4 Cell Tests

... What Are CD4 Cells? Why Are CD4 Cells Important in HIV? What Is a CD4 Test? What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? How Are the Test Results Reported? What Do the Numbers Mean? "Non-AIDS" Illness and Death The Bottom Line
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How can the CD4 cells be boosted?

My 60 year old mother recently had a CD4 count which stands at 102. She is on ARVs and she is not feeling sick. I am worried that her CD4 count is very low and wondering if there is anything that can be done for her to boost her CD4? Please...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Some patients (perhaps 15-20%) dont recover CD4 cells well even when on effective HIV treatment (with undetectable viral levels). Poor CD4 recovery may be more common when the CD4 Read more »

Variations in absolute CD4 cell count

Dear Dr. Holodniy:I tested HIV+ in May of 1997 and started antiretrovirals right away. Within six weeks of starting the meds I became undetectable and have remained so ever since. I have also watched my CD4% climb from around 28% to the low 40%'s...
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
I agree with your doctor, I would not be concerned. Read more »

cd4 & lymphocyte

First i want to thank you for taking the time to read our questions and reply to them. I have an issue. I have been positive for 11 yrs. I have been placed on several treatments but never followed through because of the strong side effects that i...
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 CD4 count is 300 and 15%. Your lymphocyte count is in the normal range, probably as a reflection of an elevated CD8 count, which does occur with HIV infection. My advice to you is "do not try this at home", meaning taking partial regimens for... Read more »

Low CB4 or (CD4) Cells

My partner was diagnosed with AIDS. He had not been tested prior to. His cell count was at 3 in November and now at 12 but he is healthy and active. Can you explain this for me? His doctor and a case worker did not understand.
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...fortunate. But, the time to tempt fate has passed and he needs to improve his odds for staying active and healthy by improving his CD4 cell count with medications that can control his HIV.DW Read more »
The Well Project

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 Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Treatment of Co-Infection Despite Very Low CD4+ Cell Counts

In general, treatment guidelines for HCV-HIV co-infection encourage the initiation of HCV therapy at counts well above the 200 CD4+ cell level. The reason for this is that HCV therapy can temporarily reduce CD4+ cell counts, and if these fall too... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Low CD4 Cell Count Elevates Cancer Risk in Patients With HIV follow-up period. Each type of malignancy was analyzed separately, using Poisson regression to test 78 models. "Current CD4 cell count was the only factor predictive of Hodgkin's lymphoma, lung cancer and liver cancer," the team reported,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Incomplete Peripheral CD4+ Cell Count Restoration in HIV-Infected Patients Receiving Long-Term Antiretroviral Treatment

In most HIV-positive patients, antiretroviral therapy can fully restore a normal CD4+ cell count of more than 500 cells/mm 3 . However, the researchers note, it is not clear whether all patients can achieve normalization of their CD4+ cell count,... Read more »
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Do anybody know about CD4 cells count?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...under 500, which means there is already damage done to my immune system?! My question was: If medical document all relate low CD4 cell counts to HIV/AIDS, what could my low count mean? Other than HIV infection, do all viruse infection affect... Read more »

IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases

Posted by Anonymous
... IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases in HIV-Infected Patients By Deborah Mitchell TORONTO, Sep 20 (Reuters Health) - The addition of recombinant interleukin-2 Read more »

White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
When you get a standard blood workup from the doctor and they say your white blood cell count is elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in white blood cells or an increase. I... Read more »


Posted by usn694, 3 Replies
i am wondering about how the t cells and CD4 count works....i tried reading up on it, but i confused myself on it lol.i dont understand which should be higher to stay healthy. any info would be greatly appreciated. Read more »
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