Posts Tagged ‘cd4 cell count’

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March 28th, 2013

Poll: How Often Do You Measure CD4 Cell Counts?

Over in Clinical Infectious Diseases, a recent study pretty much nails the fact that routine measurement of CD4 cell counts in clinically stable patients is an all but useless exercise.  As summarized by Abbie Zuger in Journal Watch, here’s the key finding: When patients with an unrelated cause for an alteration in CD4-cell count such as […]


June 13th, 2009

Occupational Exposures and HIV Testing

A couple of years ago, an ID-colleague of mine told me about a tough case:  While working in the ICU, an anesthesiologist sustained a pretty severe needle stick.  Approached for HIV testing, the source of the exposure felt threatened by the providers in the ICU, and refused to sign the consent. The patient then deteriorated and […]


June 1st, 2009

“Long-term Nonprogressors” and “HIV Controllers”: Rare Indeed

When giving an overview of HIV pathogenesis to a group of clinicians, Bruce Walker usually asks the assembled if they have any patients in their practice who have undetectable viral loads without antiretroviral therapy. Generally about three-quarters of the audience has at least one such patient.  They are then asked to refer them to his research […]


HIV Information: Author Paul Sax, M.D.

Paul E. Sax, MD

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