I am 28 years old. And iI am sixth month running pregnant women. I Gottested by hiv lost month in karimnagar got positive and again tested immediately in Vijaya diagnostics and again got positive. Doctor advice me you and your husband go to ictc centres for test. And for me just confirmed by Western blot method. We went to ictc Gandhi hospital and tested by three methods and I got positive and my husband got negative hiv. Again after three months you will be confirmed by test doctor said to my husband. And my cd4count is 626. Can I confirmed by Western blot method after three months? Is there any chance to get hiv negative result? Based upon cd4count at what stage iI have hiv? Pls leave a reply my mind was totally confused and very disappointed.
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A CD4 count is a lab test that measures the number of CD4 T lymphocytes (CD4 cells) in a sample of your blood. In people with HIV, it is the most important laboratory indicator of how well your immune system is working and the strongest predictor of HIV progression.
To understand why it’s important, it’s helpful to know what CD4 cells are. CD4 cells (often called T-cells or T-helper cells) are a type of white blood cells that play a major role in protecting your body from infection. They send signals to activate your body’s immune response when they detect “intruders,” like viruses or bacteria.
Once a person is infected with HIV, the virus begins to attack and destroy the CD4 cells of the person’s immune system. HIV uses the machinery of the CD4 cells to multiply (make copies of itself) and spread throughout the body. This process is called the HIV life cycle.
So, during your regular check-ups, your HIV care provider will want to know your CD4 count to help keep track of how healthy you are and whether the virus has progressed in your body:
The CD4 count of an uninfected adult/adolescent who is generally in good health ranges from 500 cells/mm3 to 1,200 cells/mm3.
A very low CD4 count (less than 200 cells/mm3) is one of the ways to determine whether a person living with HIV has progressed to stage 3 infection (AIDS). (See Stages of HIV Infection.)
Your CD4 count is also used to help you and your HIV care provider decide when to start antiretroviral therapy (ART).
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