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Author Topic: Question about cd4 percentage  (Read 91 times)

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Offline Almost2late

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Question about cd4 percentage
« on: Today at 02:25:01 PM »
I've been on HIV meds since the beginning of 2014, so for 2 & a half years I've had cd4s under 200.

Back in January my cd4's hit my highest yet 197 and percentage also went to 13% also higher than prior..

Now my cd4's are 167😞 but my percentage is 14%😂.. I've been ud for a year with one blip and off bactrim for a year due to kidney issues which have also improved slightly..

How significant is the percentage on cd4's when you have aids?
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Offline CaveyUK

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Re: Question about cd4 percentage
« Reply #1 on: Today at 03:31:40 PM »
The percentage tends to be more stable than absolute count - which can jump all over the place based on a whole host of factors (including time of day, other infections etc). If a doctor see's a dip in CD4's they will often look at the % to see if the trend is still moving in the right direction (or is unchanged).

In this case, the slight drop in CD4's wouldn't in itself be worrying as the % continues to climb.

I don't have the comparison numbers to hand, but from memory 14% is somewhere in the region of being equivalent to 200, so things don't look particularly out of kilter.

Obviously, your doc would be able to assess things better than us :)

Edit :

In adults, a CD4 percentage of 12-15% is considered similar to a CD4 count of 200 cells/mm3. A percentage of 15-20% is similar to an absolute count of 300 cells/mm3.
« Last Edit: Today at 03:34:23 PM by CaveyUK »
Diagnosed 29th Dec, after Home test 27th Dec 2015
29th Dec 2015 - CD4 160, VL 70,363, CD4% 16
Started Septrin 31st Dec & Tivicay/Truvada 12th Jan 2016
9th February 2016 - CD4 245, VL 96, CD4% 19
8th March 2016 - VL 61 (no CD4 taken)
5th April 2016 - CD4 354, VL <40, CD4% 22

Offline Almost2late

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Re: Question about cd4 percentage
« Reply #2 on: Today at 04:23:51 PM »
Thank you
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very personal thing,
and it really has
nothing to do with
anyone else."
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