Can I predict my expected CD4 increase after starting treatment?
Everyone has an individual response to treatment.
In general, compared to the rapid drop in viral load, the CD4 change is a slower and more steady increase.
How quickly and how high the CD4 count increases mainly relates to your CD4 count when you start treatment.
- The lower your CD4 count when you start, the more likely it will respond slowly and not get so high.
- The higher your CD4 count when you start, the more likely it will increase more quickly and reach higher levels.
A new online calculator can compare your results to the average of people who start at the same CD4 count.
- This involves you putting in details before you started treatment. For example, your age, sex, CD4 and viral load etc (or as much information as you know).
- Then you put in the CD4 result and date of the next test (within 9 months of starting).
Please interpret the results cautiously though. They re just compared to average. Even if you get a lower than average response, you are still very likely to well on treatment.
The results are plotted on a similar graph to the one below.
i-Base guide to ART. “Average CD4 increases by starting CD4 count”. (September 2016).