Lymphocyte Levels For Hiv Patients

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Decrease in CD4 count

Dear Sir:I have been taking prednisone for the last 2 months for a neck/shoulder issue. Since taking prednisone my T cells have dropped by 600 points. Is theer any study or correlation that would support my issue?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Corticosteroids can suppress lymphocytelevels in many patients (including HIV uninfected) so that clearly can happen-hopefully will rebound once tapered/stopped. KH Read more »

dental amalgam in HIV+ patients

Hello Dr. Frascino !My girlfriend is hiv + and on meds.She visited her dentist since she had... Read more »


I must have worded my question wrong. What I wanted to say was that when my sons doctors did the... Read more »
Johns Hopkins AIDS Service

Can HIV Be Cured?

...take to eradicate HIV. This modelconsidered the various compartments of the body where HIV is found, includingplasma, activated lymphocytes, persistently-infected cells, and lymph nodes. Hohypothesized that it could be possible to eradicate HIV... Read more »
The Body PRO

Elite Controllers May Experience Higher Immune Activation Levels Than Other HIV-Infected Patients, Spurring Concerns of CD4+ Decline

...Lambotte O, et al. HIV controllers exhibit potent CD8 T cell capacity to suppress HIV infection ex vivo and peculiar cytotoxic T lymphocyte activation phenotype . Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. April 17, 2007;104(16):6776-81. Hazenberg MD, Otto... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...causes a slowly progressive neurologic disease ( Haase . Nature 1986;322:130). HIV causes the death and dysfunction of CD4+ T lymphocytes in vitro and in vivo . CD4+ T cell dysfunction and depletion are hallmarks of HIV disease. The... Read more »
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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

...The third type is a CD4 cell, which "helps" B cells and CD8+ cells do their jobs. All three of these WBCs are also called lymphocytes. In HIV-negative people, normal CD4 cell counts are 600-1,500/mm 3 of blood. Normal CD8+ cell counts are... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...acute mononucleosis-like syndrome. Acute HIV-1 infection was confirmed by means of gradual Western blot positivity. His CD4+ lymphocyte count was 399 109 cells/L, and his plasma level of HIV type 1 (HIV-1) RNA was 503,200 copies/mL. Alanine... Read more »

ARS Patient cases

Posted by Anonymous
..."sick contacts." A lumbar puncture showed total protein 209 mg/dL, glucose 42 mg/dL, and white blood cells 48 cells/mm3 (99% lymphocytes). A CT of the head showed no acute changes and the chest x-ray was clear. Initially, she was empirically... 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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I am taking Combiver and Sustiva. The more I read about these drugs and their effects, the more I grow afraid of what MORE damage I could be doing to my body. CD4 count is around 202 and VL is something like 200,000. However, I feel great! I take... Read more »