How often should T-cell counts be monitored in the management of HIV infection?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In a clinically stable patient on an regimen whose viral load is suppressed and whose CD4+ T-cell count is well above the threshold for opportunistic infection risk, 2011 DHHS guidelines recommend that the CD4+ T-cell count may be monitored every 6-12 months (instead of every 3-6 months), unless there are changes in the patient’s clinical status, such as new HIV-associated clinical symptoms or initiation of treatment with interferon, corticosteroids, or anti-neoplastic agents. [5]


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