CD4 cells are a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Another name for them is T-helper cells. CD4 cells are made in the spleen, lymph nodes, and thymus gland, which are part of the lymph or infection-fighting system. CD4 cells move throughout your body, helping to identify and destroy germs such as bacteria and viruses.
The CD4 count measures the number of CD4 cells in a sample of your blood drawn by a needle from a vein in your arm. Along with other tests, the CD4 count helps tell how...
HIV is spread when blood,
semen, or vaginal fluids from an infected person enter
another person's body, usually through sexual contact, from sharing needles
when injecting drugs, or from mother to baby during birth.
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February 13, 2014
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