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What Happens If You Have No More Cd4 Cells

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CD4 Cell Tests

What Are CD4 Cells? Why Are CD4 Cells Important in HIV? What Is a CD4 Test? What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? How Are the Test Results Reported? What Do the Numbers Mean? Ongoing Monitoring "Non-AIDS" Illness and Death The Bottom Line What Are CD4 Cells? CD4 cells are a type of lymphocyte (white blood cell). They are an important part of the immune system. CD4 cells are sometimes called T-cells. There are two main types of...
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Why CD4 goes down while CD4% goes up (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2009)

Hi Dr. Bob, it is a real pleasure to read your answers full of help, professionalism, generosity and fun. I started therapy at an absolute CD4 of 405 and 26% and VL above 100k, I started Atripla six months ago after the first three months my CD4...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,When it comes to monitoring HIV disease, it's important to look for long-term trends rather than worry about transient swings, especially in absolute CD4 counts. Absolute CD4 counts are calculated from the absolute lymphocyte counts. The... Read more »

CD4 Count V. CD4% Count (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2010) (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2010)

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 »

What happens when CD4 hits 0

My CD4 count has been hanging around the 50-65 mark for the last couple of years, I have hit a CD4 count of 8. What happens when you hit 0? ...
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 still have CD4 cells in your body and circulating around even though the result says zero. That just means there are too few to count in the blood test. However, it also means that a person is at significant risk of developing opportunistic... Read more »

Viral load going down but so is CD4. How can that happen?

I was diagnosed in january I and my viral load was in the tens of thousands and my cd4 count was 484. I got tested in april and my viral load was 70 but my cd4 count dropped to 431. Now I got tested again in july and my viral load is undetectable...
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
As long as your viral load remains undetectable and you continue to take your HIV meds you will not be developing resistance to these meds. Another number to watch is the CD4 percent, which is a more stable number over time, as the CD4 count can... Read more »
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To Jackie Blue - Re CD4 depletion

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Dear Jackie - thanks for replying to my post. I wanted to respond so I could answer some of your questions.

Firstly - how do I know it is not cancer - I don't - all i know is that exactly 20 days after an unprotected sexual exposure I came down with... Read more »

Increase your CD4 count

Posted by prana, 2 Replies
Breathing will help increase your CD4 count. The body needs extra oxygen in the blood to fight disease. To help the body do the breathing exercises.Keep a note of your CD4 count each time you do a test. Also the body will generally feel better. You... Read more »

CD4 count at 8--gained weight

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Oh my I just got cd4 count at 8--down from a whopping 35 last year--freaked out my ID Doc who didn't even look at cd8 or resistance or any of that because if you're at 8 it isn't too great!

He decided to Difllucan me again on a permanent basis. He... 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 »