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MEDICAL UPDATE: CD4 Cell Function




 

Being Alive 1995 Apr 5: 2

We have suspected that the function of an individual's CD4 cells may be related to how quickly that individual progresses to AIDS. Now, a report out of Amsterdam and published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases establishes a correlation between functional markers of CD4 cells and progression to AIDS. Thus, we need to look at not only the number of CD4 cells, but also how well those cells are functioning to understand the state of an individual's HIV disease. Unfortunately, we do not have readily available tests to measure the function of T-cells. Such tests would also help us to understand the real impact of an antiviral. Though CD4 count might not dramatically increase, CD4 function might be enhanced by a given antiviral.



 




Information in this article was accurate in April 5, 1995. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.