Time Sensitive

Ordering Recommendation

Absolute CD4 count is sufficient for routine HIV monitoring.




Quantitative Flow Cytometry




1-2 days

New York DOH Approval Status

Specimens from New York clients will be sent out to a New York DOH approved laboratory, if possible.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or green (sodium or lithium heparin). Hemogard tubes are preferred for laboratory automation and safety.

Specimen Preparation

Transport 4 mL whole blood. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Clotted or hemolyzed.


Specimens must be analyzed within stability times provided. Some medications may affect immunophenotyping results and should be listed on the patient test request form.
This test is not approved for New York State clients.


EDTA: Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable
Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Effective November 16, 2015
Reports include age appropriate reference intervals and interpretation.

Reference Interval Notes:
Pediatric reference values (0 - 6 days up to 10 - 15 years) taken from Scandinavian Journal of Immunology 2012; 75, 436-444.
Adult and Geriatric (16 - 64 and 65 plus years) ranges were developed in-lab.

Test Number Components 0-6 days 1 week-1 month 2-4 months 5-8 months 9-14 months 15-23 months 2-4 years 5-9 years 10-15 years 16-64 years 65 years or older
Absolute CD3 1400-6800 cells/µL 1900-8400 cells/µL 2200-9200 cells/µL 1400-11500 cells/µL 2400-8300 cells/µL 700-8800 cells/µL 850-4300 cells/µL 770-4000 cells/µL 850-3200 cells/µL 570-2400 cells/µL 660-2200 cells/µL
Absolute CD4 1000-4800 cells/µL 1500-6000 cells/µL 1600-6500 cells/µL 1000-7200 cells/µL 1300-7100
400-7200 cells/µL 500-2700 cells/µL 400-2500 cells/µL 400-2100 cells/µL 430-1800 cells/µL 490-1600 cells/µL
Absolute CD8 200-2700 cells/µL 300-2700
300-3400 cells/µL 200-5400 cells/µL 400-4100 cells/µL 200-2800 cells/µL 200-1800 cells/µL 200-1700 cells/µL 300-1300 cells/µL 210-1200 cells/µL 150-1050 cells/µL
Absolute CD4:CD8 Ratio 1.00-2.60 1.30-6.30 1.70-3.90 1.60-3.80 1.30-3.90 0.90-3.70 0.90-2.90 0.90-2.60 0.90-3.40 0.80-3.90 0.80-6.17

Interpretive Data

The CD4 cells are Helper T-cells expressing both CD3 and CD4. The CD8 cells are Cytotoxic T-cells expressing both CD3 and CD8. CD4 T-cell levels are a criterion for categorizing HIV-related clinical conditions by the CDC's classification system for HIV infection. The measurement of CD4 T-cell levels has been used to establish decision points for initiating P. jirovecii prophylaxis, antiviral therapy, and to monitor the efficacy of treatment. The Public Health Service (PHS) has recommended that CD4 T-cell levels be monitored every 3 to 6 months in all HIV-infected persons.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


This assay is designed for enumerating the absolute cell counts of lymphocyte subsets in lysed whole blood. Whole blood is added to fluorochrome-labeled antibodies that bind specifically to cell surface antigens on lymphocytes. After incubation, lysing and fixation, absolute counts are enumerated utilizing an internal quantitation standard. Additional CBC data is not required.

During HIV infection, antiviral therapy is often initiated when the absolute CD4 count drops below 500 cells/µL. When the absolute CD4 count drops below 200 cells/µL, therapeutic prophylaxis against PCP and other opportunistic infections may be initiated. When the absolute CD4 count drops below 100 cells/µL, prophylaxis against Mycobacterium avium complex is recommended.

For longitudinal studies involving serial monitoring, specimen collections should be performed at the same time of day.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

86359; 86360


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0095619 Lymphocyte Subset Panel 3 Information 48767-8
0095740 Absolute CD3 8122-4
0095741 Absolute CD8 14135-8
0095742 Absolute CD4:CD8 Ratio 54218-3
0095904 Absolute CD4 24467-3
* Component test codes cannot be used to order tests. The information provided here is not sufficient for interface builds; for a complete test mix, please click the sidebar link to access the Interface Map.


  • Absolute CD3, CD4, CD8 count
  • Absolute CD4 and CD8
  • Helper T cell count
  • Helper T-Cell count
  • Immune Status-Flow Cytometry
  • Lymphocyte Subset CD4 and CD8
  • P. jiroveci prophylaxis determination
Lymphocyte Subset Panel 3 - T-Cell Subsets (CD4 and CD8), Absolute Counts Only