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T-cell Levels And Hiv

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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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If HIV kills CD4 cells that present themselves, can high CD4 levels in first years of infection later result in faster progression to AIDS?

Dr. Holodniy, I am searching for the right words, but have an important question:It is often assumed that the more CD4 cells in a T cell subset, the better. But,in that the more CD4's that present themselves, the more for HIV to kill, could...
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
Not alot of studies on this issue. It is usually assumed that those infected people with such high CD4 counts, usually have low or undetectable viral loads, indicating an immune system with better capability to contain viral replication. It has... Read more »

A friend of mine is down to non-detectable levels; T-cells are still low. Why?

I am very concerned about my best friend. He tested positive for HIV in November of 2008; he was very sick, with something like 167,000 viral copies and T-cells in the single digits; he was put on Atripla immediately. His doctor just told him...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Unfortunately there is no "usual timeframe" for T-cell rebound! Every case is unique due to a wide range of variables that include both host factors (age, immune integrity, concurrent infections, adherence, genetics, etc.) and viral... Read more »

Night sweats/thrush with normal T cell levels

Dr. Henry,I saw the question about night sweats, with a high T cell count.I also have occasional night sweats and plenty of other symptoms, despite a high T cell count. But other aspects of my immune system are not good - B cells and natural killer...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Our understanding of the human immune system lags behind our understanding of HIV. Your raise several good questions for which I have no easy answer. Qualitative assays of the immune systems are used much. Skin tests to tetanus, candida and other... Read more »

general questions about my therapy and t-cell levels

I have been positive for almost 12 years now, since I was 19 yo. I was was seeing doctors in Alabama and getting blood work done but they kept telling me that they didn't think I needed to start meds yet.....I was hospitalized in July of 2003...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
Goodness, lots of questions:Do you think my therapy is working well? Relatively well. However, after more than four months on treatment, I would be expecting a completely suppressed virus. (Yours is not yet fully suppressed.) Why are my t-cells not... Read more »
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Worried..T-Cells count going down fast!

Posted by Overstressed, 4 Replies
I was tested postive in 2003 and when I went in for my frist T-Cell count and Viral Load I was not sure what to expect..I started @1041 T-Cell and viral load 45,000 and of course I would go in and get my count every 3 months . My T-Cells would be... Read more »

IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
IL-2 Induces Sustained CD4 Cell Increases in HIV-Infected Patients


By Deborah Mitchell

TORONTO, Sep 20 (Reuters Health) - The addition of recombinant interleukin-2 (IL-2) to an HIV antiretroviral therapy produces an increase in CD4+ T-cell counts,... Read more »

How Soon Should T-Cell Count Increase?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I was infected in October 2003, diagnosed in December 2003, and went on Sustiva and Combivir December 30, 2003. My viral load went from an initial count of 125,000 down to 120, 2 weeks ago. Will probably be "undectable" soon. My question is, my... Read more »

Why are my levels so low?

Posted by ch0182, 1 Reply
Looking for some insight....I was diagnosed a month ago after finding out that my girlfriend tested positive for HIV. The way we found out is because we are expecting a child. It came as a huge surprise to both of us because we are both straight,... Read more »