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Shortness Of Breath And Low Cd4 Count

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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 »

Low CD4 Count, Heavy Breathing

Hi Doctor,My friend was recently diagnosed with HIV last month. We just got his CD4 count back and it was of 216. He just started meds this week. First question...will his CD4 Count drop to AIDS diagnosis (CD4<200) during his initial startng of...
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
Although a few people might get a slight decline in CD4 count after starting treatment, this would be unusual. Most will have an increase. Unlikely he would be at any greater risk for OIs. Unlikely that a long standing breathing problem would be... Read more »

Low CD4 after short time of infection

Dear Dr.Holodniy,After seeing many case from this forum.I can realize my case more deeply, but I don't know my analysis is right or not.1. I am sure my infection is within one year and I guess the most possible period i got is Feb to May 2004....
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
You are missing some information about your CD8 count and percentage and viral load. If your information is correct your reduced CD4 count and percentage could be a reflection of acute infection. It could also be reflective of the type of viral... Read more »

newly diagnosed w/ low cd4

i was recently diagosed and my cd4 count came back VERY low. (38). my results on my VL have not yet come back but my Dr. has prescribed bactrim, zithomax, trizivir, sustiva, antioxidant formula, and multi vitamins. he also said i am begining...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Mark-I'd fully support starting on therapy-- the regimen of Trizivir/Sustiva should be extremely potent and well tolerated; indeed a four-drug regimen for 3 pills a day is a tough standard to beat.There are some characteristic side effects of... Read more »
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Just Diagnosed With a CD4 Count of 5

Posted by thespoonybard, 1 Reply
In October '09, I became sick. I was stubborn and didn't start seeing a doctor until December. The doctor at the Student Health Center tried treating the multiple infections he found. I was also severely anemic. Since I am a veteran, he... Read more »

improving cd4 counts

Posted by terrrrrry2003, 2 Replies
Hi There everybody travelling on the positive train. I've been + for ten years now and been on meds for 4 years and then off them again for over three now ( with doctors approval ). As we all know, the bottom line is when the doc says " I think its... Read more »

Newly diagnosed, but CD4 counts is only 60!

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I have been unwell since this spring. After a series of lymph nodes problem, I went to have myself tested. Three weeks ago I learned that I was positive. Last week had my first HIV doctor appointment and did some blood works. Today I found out that... Read more »

MAC. & low cd-4

Posted by danni, 3 Replies
i am terrified, i just learned that i have mac. my viral load is 87,000, my cd-4; only 14. my doc. did start meds for me, but i can't get past the fear that it's too late. with my blood counts, is mac, a sure death sentence? i appreciate any... Read more »