Don't see your question? Ask it in our Understanding Your Labs forum! The Basics | Increasing CD4 Count | What's a Normal CD4 Count Rise? | Pregnancy & CD4 | CD4 Drops The Basics What's a "normal" CD4 count? What is a CD4 cell, anyway? What is CD4 percentage, anyway? Where do CD4 cells come from? Are we born with all the CD4 cells we will ever have? Will a flu vaccination affect my CD4 count? Can you explain "viral load" and "CD4 cell count," and detail how they are measured? Why do CD4 counts rise after their initial decline? My doc says I don't need to get my viral load tested since my CD4 count is high -- is this true? What does it mean to have a CD4 count of 350? What's a CD4 count? Are CD4 counts higher in the morning than they are at night? What's the difference between a CD4 count and a CD4 percentage? Does my CD4 count of 61 mean that I have AIDS? My doc says that my CD4 count isn't that important because my viral load is undetectable -- is this true? Increasing CD4 Count Can stress increase someone's CD4 count? What are some ways to raise my CD4 count? Is it possible to restore CD4 cells when I have none? My CD4 count is slow to increase: Does this mean my meds don't work? In addition to medication, what other things can I do to increase my CD4 count? Will HIV treatment increase my CD4 count? Is there a way for me to raise my CD4 count without taking HIV medications? Are there any HIV drugs -- or other medications -- known to increase CD4 counts? Is there a reason my CD4 count has been rising so slowly even though I'm on meds? Why won't my CD4 count go any higher than 500? What's a Normal CD4 Count Rise? How much can I expect my CD4 count to rise? Will it ever peak? Should I be concerned that my CD4 percentage has not gone up in two years? If I get my CD4 count up to 500 and viral load undetectable, am I back to "normal"? Can an elevated CD4 count be an early indicator of HIV infection? My CD4 percentage has increased 3 percent over the last seven months I've been on meds. Is that good progress? I've been on meds for six months and my CD4 count has only gone up by three. What's going on? Pregnancy & CD4 Does a woman's CD4 count drop during pregnancy? My sister's CD4 count declined to 168 after giving birth: Will it rebound? What CD4 count would an HIV-positive pregnant woman need to ensure she has a healthy, HIV-free baby? CD4 Drops Why is my partner's CD4 percentage dropping? Why is my CD4 count dropping if my viral load is undetectable? How can I keep my CD4 count from dropping? CD4 count and weight dropping: Any cause for concern? My CD4 count has decreased but my CD4 percentage is stable. Do I need to start treatment? My relative has a CD4 count below 150 and many AIDS-related illnesses. If she starts treatment, will she be able to lead a normal life? Should she quit her job or file for disability? Even though my spouse's viral load is undetectable, after starting treatment, his CD4 count dropped. Should he try other medications? How soon after the switch do you think his CD4 count will go up? My husband has HIV-2. His CD4 count has been like a yoyo: 580 to 190 and then back up to 480. What's going on? My CD4 count has decreased, but my CD4 percentage has gone up. What does that mean? My CD4 count dropped suddenly. Any guess why? Although I'm on treatment, my CD4 count has been dropping. Why would this be happening? For frequently asked questions on other HIV/AIDS topics, click here.