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A 51-year-old male asked:

my cd4 count went from 75 to 72 between oct and jan. recovery from covid. yet my cd4 percentile went from 7.2 to 10.7. cd3 percentile went up too. strange. that normal?

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Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Yes: A change from 75 to 72 is no change at all - the test is not that accurate. If the test was run on the same sample twice in a row it could indicate a similar variation. Viral infection (including coronavirus) may affect the lymphocytes in your body, so these changes can be due to coronavirus. The CD4 count is very low and you are prone to “unusual” infections. See an HIV doctor

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When does your CD4 decrease if you have hiv?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
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See HIV Specialist: If your CD4 count is decreasing, then you are having decreasing immune function. This typically occurs if one is not taking medication to treat HIV completely or at all. I highly recommend all patients with HIV see an HIV specialist and obtain an individualized treatment plan that takes many factors into consideration that the HIV specialist will discuss with you.

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