CD4+ cells are part of the
immune system and are a type of
white blood cell. White blood cells protect the body
against infection. CD4+ cells are also called T-lymphocytes, T-cells, or
HIV invades and destroys CD4+ cells. But the body
continues to produce new CD4+ cells to fight the HIV infection. If the
infection is not treated with medicines, the body gradually loses the ability
to produce enough CD4+ cells to replace the number that are being destroyed by
HIV. As the number of CD4+ cells in the blood drops, it becomes harder
for the immune system to fight infections.
Caring for a loved one with AIDS can be an exhausting task, both physically and emotionally. It involves managing the physical and practical aspects of your loved one’s care while struggling with the emotions of seeing someone you care for suffer and fearing the eventual outcome of the disease. It also requires taking care of yourself -- managing the stress of caregiving and keeping yourself healthy -- so you can provide the care your loved one needs.
AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is...
CD4+ counts are measured every 3 to 4 months in people who are
infected with HIV. The CD4+ count is an important measurement of how HIV is
affecting your immune system and can help you decide when to begin treatment
for HIV or when you need to try a different combination of medicines.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 05, 2012
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