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How Many CD4 Cells Are Destroyed By HIV Per Year

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The Well Project

Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

...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). When the immune system loses too many CD4 cells, it becomes weak and isunable to fight off germs. At this point, you are at risk of gettinginfections, called AIDS-related opportunistic infections (OIs), which can cause serious illness ordeath. The...
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If HIV kills CD4 cells that present themselves, can high CD4 levels in first years of infection later result in faster progression to AIDS?

Dr. Holodniy, I am searching for the right words, but have an important question:It is often assumed that the more CD4 cells in a T cell subset, the better. But,in that the more CD4's that present themselves, the more for HIV to kill, could this be...
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
Not alot of studies on this issue. It is usually assumed that those infected people with such high CD4 counts, usually have low or undetectable viral loads, indicating an immune system with better capability to contain viral replication. It has... Read more »

hiv+ plus pml living- How do I increase my Cd4 cells?

i'm a hiv+ and pml survivor. About my daily drug regimine, is their and advancement in boosting the cd4 count with a specific drug? what suggestion do u have if any?
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...am so glad you survived PML!Some people are discordant responders to HAART. Their viral load becomes undetectable but their CD4 cells do not increase a lot.The choice of HAART combo may make a difference in those patients. There seems to be a... Read more »

What's really important...viral load, cd4 cells or what?

I contracted the HIV virus in Dec 2006. I went on Atripla in November 2007 when my cd4 cells his the 400s. Here I am now with my viral load at undectable for almost a year now (it went to undectable within a month) and my cd4 cells are at 828 now....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...an excellent virologic response to treatment. The CD4 count/CD4 percentage is a reflection of immune health. HIV can destroy CD4 cells. That your CD4 cell count has risen from the "400s" to 828 on Atripla reveals an excellent immunologic response... Read more »

what does CD4 stand ?

What does CD4 stand for and why is it important to have a CD4 count above 200?
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...immune blood cell in the body, that are infected by HIV and decline during the course of infection by this virus. The number of CD4 lymphocytes in the body provides information regarding the stage of disease and what complications of HIV... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

...patients can achieve normalization of their CD4+ cell count, in part because no study has followed up patients for more than seven years. The subjects of the current study were 366 patients from five clinical cohorts who maintained a plasma HIV... Read more »
The Body PRO

CD4+ Cell Count Decline in HIV-Infected Patients Is Growing More Rapid, Military Study Suggests

...lightly edited for clarity. Reference Crum-Cianflone NF, Eberly L, Zhang Y, et al. Is HIV becoming more virulent? Initial CD4 cell counts among HIV seroconverters across the HIV epidemic: 1985-2007. In: Program and abstracts of the 48th... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

HIV and Your Immune System

...DNA within the host cell's own DNA. The integrated HIV DNA is called provirus. The provirus may remain inactive for several years, producing few or no new copies of HIV. Transcription: When the host cell receives a signal to become... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Low CD4 Cell Count Elevates Cancer Risk in Patients With HIV

...total 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 »
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Newly Infected and Got Numbers---COnfused?

Posted by pozboy2009, 1 Reply
...the report). absolute lymphocytes is 3856 my cd4% is 31% and my cd4 absolute is 1211. IO also have an RNA number for the HIV-1 is is about 7000 Read more »

Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...know what I mean. I am worried that I got some vaginal secretions into my mouth and then into my blood stream. I dont know her hiv status but I've found out that she has let a lot of guys do this. Afterwards, I felt extremely guilty for cheating... Read more »

Labs and %s

Posted by rain05, 3 Replies
Can someone please tell me what does the % of CD4's mean? I just received my results and forgot to ask the Doctor that question. I am sort of new here and I see how you guys are like one big family. My numbers are a little scary to me, so I can... Read more »

4 stages to HIV disease

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...progression (this is me, I think and the guy I infected, as we both got ill---very very profoundly). 2) Asymptomatic Stage - CD4 Lymphocyte count above 500 - This is the longest stage of HIV disease, lasting an average of 10 years, although in... Read more »