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Author Topic: Decreasing CD4  (Read 194 times)

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Offline Pirata

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Decreasing CD4
« on: November 18, 2020, 07:28:06 pm »
Hello everybody, I was diagnosed almost two years ago and I have been undetectable since the second month I started my treatment. I have had a hard time with my CD4 I started with 100 and four months ago I reached 209, today I received my last results and they went down to 174. I was taking dapsone up until I was 150 like 8 months ago. I asked my doctor if I should start taking it again and he said that since I have been undetectable for almost two years the Current guide lines say that a person with a count to between 100 -200 CD4 that are undetectable for at least 3-6 months do not required add dapsone. I also have developed for the last three months, a cough that comes and goes and he said that is possible that that is affecting my count. I had two herpes breakouts during last month, so do you think that affected my count?

Offline Almost2late

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Re: Decreasing CD4
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2020, 11:17:58 pm »
From my understanding cd4 counts fluctuate throughout the day, so it could be there's nothing wrong with your count and that you may see a rise again on another test. After I reached 200 cd4's, I also had a few times I tested under 200, and then back up again so I know how frustrating that can be.. and mind you I started with 13 cd4's 6 yrs ago.

Supposedly cd4's are higher in the later part of the day, and lower in the morning.. but try not to stress about it bc what's important is keeping that viral load undetectable with adherence to your treatment.

Getting plenty of rest, eating well, avoiding stress when possible and not abusing your body with drugs, alcohol or smoking can imo help your overall health, giving your body a chance to fight back. I'm not sure if herpes will effect your cd4's but I remember my doctor telling me the flu can.. have you asked your doctor?

Offline Pirata

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Re: Decreasing CD4
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2020, 04:36:06 am »
Thank you for your reply, I am having my appointment in a week I will ask him


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