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Risks Strating Treatment With Cd4 Below 100

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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 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). As the immune system loses CD4 cells, it becomes weaker and is less able tofight off germs. When it...
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Hi,I was diagnosed with HIV around 15 months ago. Since then my health has been good (especially in the last six months) but my CD4 count has fallen a bit rapidly from 470 to 371 to 324 over this time period. However, my CD4 percentage count has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are correct: The CD4% is generally considered the more accurate indicator of immune integrity, as it doesn't tend to fluctuate as much due to intercurrent illnesses and other non-HIV-related factors. (See below.)Regarding beginning... Read more »

Cancer risk: what's worst, high cd4 but not on meds or low cd4 but suppressed?

High Dr McGowan,My close friend has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. He is HIV positive but not on medication. He has a high CD4 count (greater than 600, and good percentage). This was a shock given his strong immune system, so my question is, in...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Dear Michael,Sorry to hear about your friend. Most experience has been with people getting cancers and lymphomas with low CD4 counts. In that case people do well by starting antiretroviral treatment along with the chemotherapy and survival rates... Read more »


Since my last consultation 6 months ago my CD4 count has gone up 2 only points from 153 to 155.I got this new result yesturday. My last increase was almost 50 points in 6 months. How concerned should I be about such a slow and disappointing...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The problem of poor CD4 response despite use of effective antiretroviral therapy that drives the HIV plasma viral load to undetectable levels is a vexing and perplexing problem. We still don't completely understand the reason for this... Read more »

Effects of cd4 count less than100

Effects & symptoms of CD4 count less than 100 and effective measures to be taken immediately...
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
Anyone with a CD4 count < 100 has AIDS by definition and is at serious risk of developing opportunistic infections or death. HIV treatment should be started immediately, as well as antibiotics to prevent some of the more serious infection... Read more »
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CD4 @ 8 ?

Posted by Sunshine87, 2 Replies
hello everyone just stoping by with a question ? my brother CD4 is @ 8 he is not on any meds/// can or is it possible to get that up once he start the meds ? Read more »

Just got back home, VL & CD4

Posted by Trav, 2 Replies
I just got back home from my Dr. appoinment with my new Dr. My viral load is 163 and my CD4 is 644. To others that would seem to be good news, but not to me. Since I don't feel any differently that my are numbers are "good' then why am I on... Read more »

Waiting on viral load and cd4

Posted by hivstudent, 1 Reply
I am waiting on my Viral Load and CD4+ count for the first time after diagnosis! and It is gonna be 2 weeks until I can get them, due to Orthodox Easter vacations.
if some of you has read my last post you would know, I am 3rd year med student! and... Read more »

Help! BF has low CD4 and high VL

Posted by LoveofMyLife, 2 Replies
Hi everyone. I'm negative. My bf has been positive for 21 years. He has been non-compliant with his meds off and on over the years. This week, we found out that his CD4 is 65 and VL is 80,000. His doc (an HIV Specialist) is doing the resistance... Read more »