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People With Hiv Have Less Than 200 Cd4 Cells

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AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...CD4 count is used to decide when to start treatment. What Do the Numbers Mean? The CD4 cell count is a key measure of the health of the immune system. The lower the count, the greater damage HIV has done. Anyone who has less than 200 CD4 cells, or a CD4 percentage less than 14%, is considered to have AIDS according to the US Centers for Disease Control. CD4 counts are used together with the viral load to estimate how long someone will...
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Need your help to help (Thanks)

Afternoon Dr First and like always, thanks for all your help and support. Since I have been diagnosed HIV+ (more than 2 years ago) I started helping HIV people in my community as much as I can (listening them, supporting them, guide them to the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...count is a key measure of the health of the immune system. The lower the count, the greater damage HIV has done. Anyone who has less than 200 CD4 cells, or a CD4 percentage less than 14%, is considered to have AIDS according to the US Centers for... Read more »

How long will I live?

I was recently diagnosed with HIV. I've heard you can live a full life if you take the meds right with no side effects. How long can you live if that is true? and how long if you cant handle the meds and side effects? Thanks. James
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...BEFORE an AIDS-defining illness occurs. Unfortunately in the US and in the world, the majority of people treated with HIV have less than 200 CD4 cells, and too many are treated with ART after an AIDS defining illness.Also of interest in that... Read more »

Sudden drop in CD4 count

I have been HIV positive and on Atripla since August 2009 and have blood work done every 3 months. My VL has been undetectable since November 2009. Below is my CD4 count and CD4% count since I've started Atripla:8/26/2009 CD4 66CD4/100 cells 3VL ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...test results.Thanks, College guyResponse from Dr. FrascinoHey College Guy,I'll reprint below some information about absolute CD4 cell counts and CD4%. The CD4% is the more accurate test, as it is less susceptible to variations related to... 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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The Well Project

Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests

...Count and HIV Treatment The US government guidelines state: HIV treatment should be started in anyone with a CD4 count less than350 HIV treatment should also be started if you are in one or more of thefollowing situations, no matter... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

...medications (poor adherence, see Fact Sheet 405 ) and problems thinking (see Fact Sheet 505 .) HIV positive people with less than 200 CD4 cells are at highest risk for serious liver damage from hep C. Coinfected people usually... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

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

...MA, Crespo M, Rodriguez-Arrondo F, et al. Pilot study to evaluate safety and HCV kinetics in HCV/HIV co-infected patients with less than 200 CD4+, treated with peginterferon alfa-2b and ribavirin (P04675 study). In: Program and abstracts of the... Read more »
The Well Project

What Are Opportunistic Infections?

...infects the same immune system cells that are supposed to protect us from illnesses. These are a type of white blood cell called CD4 cells . HIV takes over CD4 cells and turns them into virus factories that produce thousands of viral copies. As... Read more »
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Viral Load: A Deception

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...practice, as the results are skewed in such a way as to reflect a number of viral units that is far greater than the number of CD4 cell units. For example: let's assume your viral load results are 100,000 and your CD4 cells are at 350. Those... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...counts (Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol 194, p 1450). The new findings call into question just how much we understand about CD4 cells and their interaction with HIV, says Williams. "Generally, if you have high CD4 counts you can be... 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
...The experts only answered one of my questions which was the very first one I posted. It may have been because I sounded like a person going out of my mind!! Thanks Read more »