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Author Topic: Concerned about labs  (Read 2594 times)

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Offline Medazzaman

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Concerned about labs
« on: November 13, 2006, 04:11:09 PM »
Hey there...

New here.  Tested poz 3 weeks ago.  Went to see an HIV speciailist.  VL came back at 4,000 but CD4 came back at 201 at 25%.  I'm concerned as the CD4 seems low when the VL is also low.  The doc is rerunning the labs and said he will probably start me on meds when he sees me next (depending on outcome of labs).

Is this a concern for future treatment/prognosis?  Can i expect the CD4 to go up after treatment?


Offline frenchpat

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Re: Concerned about labs
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2006, 04:39:36 PM »
Hi Madazzaman,

sorry you had to join us really, but please be most welcome. :-*

I cannot give you much advice about your results but, though sometimes slow, changes to your CD4's (going up) normaly occur once under treatment.

I am thinking that you may ask the moderators to move your post to the "just tested" area where you might get more answers more rapidly.

Again, be most welcome here. It is a great place with many helpful and caring people, from all over the world, who will give you good advice and support. It also has a few dark corners where some occasionaly trash each other but be not afraid, it is only verbal and a great feature in such cases is the "ignore" button. ;D

hope this helps,

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Offline newt

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Re: Concerned about labs
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2006, 03:43:46 PM »
Hmmm... (hello btw)

CD4 about 200 and CD4% of 25% is a mismatch.  You would expect a CD4% of about 13% at that count.  So get a new count. CD4 count is very variable by time of day etc etc.

Your viral load is weedy  :)

Good luck, and yes your CD4 count will most likely go up on treatment.

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Concerned about labs
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2006, 08:44:26 PM »
Hello Jason,

I agree with Matt.I believe another blood count is in order. here is some additional info from the site :


Stay in touch------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline Medazzaman

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Re: Concerned about labs
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2006, 04:59:20 PM »
What's weedy mean?

Offline penguin

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Re: Concerned about labs
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2006, 05:57:11 PM »

weedy = very small, pathetic even (which in this situation, is a very good thing  :) )


Offline newt

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Re: Concerned about labs
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2006, 05:57:56 PM »
Weedy = low and pathetic - matt

(After seeing penguin's post matt writes: Oi! kate we chose the same word....)
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