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Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...% Eosinophil % of White Blood Cells 0-7 % Lymphocyte % of White Blood Cells 12-50 % Monocyte % of White Blood Cells 0-12 % Neutrophil % of White Blood Cells 40-73 % Lymphocyte Subsets Total T Lymphocytes (CD3) 990-1,910 cells per cubic millimeter (cells/mm 3 ) Total CD4 T-cells 590-1,120 cells per cubic millimeter (cells/mm 3 ) Total CD8 T-cells 330-790 cells per cubic millimeter (cells/mm 3 ) ...
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OI meds

I tested positive in late May 2003. My first blood tests were scary, my T-cell count was 47 and my viral load was 155,000. Luckily I've been asymptamatic. I started on Combivir, Viramune, Zithromax and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim. Now a month...
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 your numbers, but would expect as long as you are faithful with your meds and your viral load goes to undetectable, your t cells will continue to rise. OI meds can't be stopped until your CD4 count is well above 100 for the zithromax and well... Read more »

T-cells or viral load, which is more important?

Thanks for answering this. I was diagnosed in June 2000, t-cells 32, viral load 60,000. Since then have been undetectable and t-cells have risen to 182. My doctor is concerned that my t-cells are rising slowly which causes me to think that my immune...
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
Since you started treatment when your CD4 count was extremely low, it is unlikely that your count will ever get much above 300. The important goal is to get your CD4 count above 200. Above that number, the risk of infectious complications associated... Read more »

spreading KS

Hello Doctor:I was just diagnosed with KS. I have two lesions, one on the sole of my foot and one on my thigh. There are two other spots that are discolored that I have been watching. I started using Panretin gel. This morning I found two spots...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...have been there at a microscopic level when you started HIV meds. Be patient-- if you are undetectable (less than 50) and your T cells continue to rise, your KS is likely to respond. The new skin lesions do not mean that it is spreading... Read more »

Rising T-cells, why start treatment?

Doctor,My T-cell count keeps rising from 403 to 420 to 450 and my viral load jumps around A LOT. From 150K to 56K to 160K. I have not had any major infections. Despite my rising T-cell count, my doctor keeps telling me that I should be on...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...ongoing discussion as to when the best time is to begin HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) for HIVers. The guidelines continue to evolve, as newer, less toxic and more effective anti-HIV medications are developed. Ideally, for any... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

Foregoing Prophylaxis: Better Safe Than Sorry?

...infections. This begs the question: Should I continue taking prophylaxis medications against opportunistic infections if my T-cells continue to rise? From last year's ICAAC, we learned that it may be safe for people to discontinue taking such... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

The Immune System -- An Overview

...foreign materials to T and B cells, consequently initiating an immune response. The Cells of the Immune System T-Cells -- T lymphocytes are usually divided into two major subsets that are functionally and phenotypically (identifiably)... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Stalking HIV Immune Dysregulation

...can be recorded by a detector and counted as one cell. More advanced versions of this technology actually allow the counted cells to be shunted into a separate channel for collection. This is called cell sorting and is an extremely powerful... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recreational Drug Use and T Lymphocyte Subpopulations in HIV-Uninfected and HIV-Infected Men

... Noting that the effects of recreational drugs on CD4 and CD8 T cells in humans are not well understood, the authors conducted a longitudinal analysis of men who have sex with men (MSM) to define Read more »
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What is a T-Cell or CD4 Count?

Posted by TheBody
...What Is a T-Cell or CD4 Count? Your T-cell count, also known as a CD4 count, reveals the number of T cells in your body. A T cell is a special kind of white blood cell, and the more you have, the stronger your immune system is. When Read more »

Worried..T-Cells count going down fast!

Posted by Overstressed, 4 Replies
...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 droping so fast and in times it would be up again . There would be times that I would have 510 T-Cell... Read more »

Still thriving after 17 years

Posted by killfoile, 1 Reply
I just joined this forum and thought I would introduce myself so that others may get to know me and my experience. I'll give you the brief view so as not to either bore you or scare the hell out of you. Hiv can have that effect on any of us. My... Read more »

Read the stories but I think I'm still +

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...After the pcr test I thought I would start feeling better but it got worse. I started having nausea, my lymph nodes under my arm continued to hurt, indigestion, and I felt like I was having a heart attack.Also, I have a cough that started before... Read more »