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Total Antioxidant Status is Related to the CD4+ Cell Count and the Clinical State of HIV/AIDS Patients in the Northeast, Nigeria

Author(s): A.C.U. Ezimah | E.A. Nwankwo | G.R.A. Okogun | J.C. Ihongbe | P.A. Onyeyili | A.C. Ene | P.U. Bassi | S.J. Yahaya

Journal: Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 1682-4474

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Total antioxidant status | HIV | AIDS | CD4+ cells | Maiduguri

In this case control study, we compared the Total Antioxidant Status (TAS) of two groups of HIV positive persons that consisted of 262 AIDS patients and 158 asymptomatic HIV-antibody positive subjects with a control group of 204 HIV-antibody negative subjects. The mean CD4+ cell counts per cubic millimeter were 187 for the AIDS patients, 495 for the asymptomatic HIV patients and 920 for the control group. TAS levels in mmol L-1 were 0.34 ± 0.08 for AIDS patients, 0.77 ± 0.29 for asymptomatic patients and 1.4 ± 0.13 for controls. The CD4+ counts and TAS showed no gender biases but they differed significantly between the groups; p
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