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Just diagnosed, and my second blood test shows jump in CD4 and decrease in viral load

Hi, I was diagnosed with HIV about 3 months ago. My first CD4 documented results were 714...now they are 834. Also, my viral load was 51,000. Now is it 34,000. I am not on meds. Is this normal?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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...for your post.Your labs show a fairly typical variation in the the range of the tests; most importantly, they show that your CD4 count is stable and within the normal range; your viral load is an "average" level (namely, neither exceptionally... Read more »

How fast should cd4 rise? Blood test results...

Dear Dr. Keith,I have been on treatment for about 3 months now. When i started I had a cd4 count of... Read more »

CD4, CD8 and viral load blood test

Three months ago I was diagnosed HIV positive. I just got the blood test results for CD4, CD8 and... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dried Blood CD4+ T-Cell Test May be Cheaper, More Convenient Alternative in Developing Countries, Study Says

...Researchers have replicated the CD4+ T cell count test, which is normally conducted on an expensive flow cytometer machine using fresh blood, using dried blood and Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Effects of Early Syphilis on CD4 Counts and HIV-1 RNA Viral Loads in Blood and Semen

... The researchers conducted a retrospective case-controlled study comparing blood plasma HIV-1 viral loads and CD4 counts in cases during early syphilis (n=63, 27 receiving antiretroviral therapy) to those before and after syphilis and with Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

California Company Developing CD4+ Blood Test for Use in Developing Countries

...international initiative to develop a type of blood test that can be used widely in developing countries to measure a person's CD4+ T cell count, the Orange County Register reports. The initiative -- which has received an $8.9 million grant... 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 »
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Posted by RL9141, 4 Replies
...Today- I went for my first round of lab work before my first appointment with the specialist. The blood work was a horrible experience. 7 vials of blood- I got sick, sweaty, almost passed out. It was horrible. Does this ever get Read more »

Multiple tests

Posted by StupidMe, 2 Replies
Hello, I'm just posting to ask how does taking multiple test out of the window period improve the test sensitivity? Dr Bob, states quite often that to a person taking many tests (negative) that the evidence is overwhelming that they don't have HIV.... Read more »

REVIVO

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...of desperation when i was diagnosed back in July 2003 and took it (am treatment naive). My VL dropped from 20000 to 3000 and CD4 from 393 to 600 in six weeks! My doctor said it could have been a result of the end of the acute phase of infection.... 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 Read more »