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How can a CD4 count help in the treatment plan for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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A CD4 count tells your doctor how healthy your immune system is. HIV attacks your CD4 cells, and the test checks the number of them you have in a sample of your blood. You'll likely get your CD4 count tested every 3 to 6 months.

From: How Do You Treat HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

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