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Author Topic: Cd4 VL and % ?  (Read 653 times)

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Offline Niceguy2013

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Cd4 VL and % ?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:16:12 PM »
Forgive me if this has been asked, but I'm semi new to the game. I see people's stats showing CD4 - VL - %.

My doctor has given me my cd4 and VL results but I'm confused with the %. What exactly does that represent so I can ask at my appointment next week.

Thanks!

Offline phildinftlaudy

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  • sweet Ann what you think babe...
Re: Cd4 VL and % ?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 08:30:40 PM »
CD4% is a much better representation of immune system health (at least as far as I've heard/studied), as CD4s can fluctuate by 100 or more points a day - but the % is more stable of a measure. 

Even when I have taken a few hundred point tumble in CD4s, my CD4% hasn't moved a significant amount.

Hope this helps - sure others will also chime in.
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: Cd4 VL and % ?
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2013, 08:54:01 PM »
So the % is the % of cd4 cells in your blood? Still a bit confused

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Cd4 VL and % ?
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2013, 08:56:54 PM »
So the % is the % of cd4 cells in your blood? Still a bit confused

Here you go -
This may help explain it better...

http://aidsmeds.com/articles/TCellTest_4727.shtml
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Niceguy2013

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Re: Cd4 VL and % ?
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2013, 09:17:44 PM »
Thanks  phildinftlaudy! That's exactly what I needed.
I know my cd4 has gone from 209 >508 > 650 over the past 9 months but my doctor has never gone over the cd4 % with me.
Ill be sure to find this out next week when I go back after labs.

 


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