HIV/AIDS Glossary

CD4 T Lymphocyte

Synonym(s): CD4 Cell, Helper T Cell

A type of lymphocyte. CD4 T lymphocytes (CD4 cells) help coordinate the immune response by stimulating other immune cells, such as macrophages, B lymphocytes (B cells), and CD8 T lymphocytes (CD8 cells), to fight infection. HIV weakens the immune system by destroying CD4 cells.

Related Term(s): CD4 Count, CD4 Percentage, Lymphocyte, T Lymphocyte

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