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Low WBC during standard testing - HIV???
Jan 19, 1999

I've been extremely concerned about being HIV infected, but testing negative on standard antibody tests. Therefore, I just recently asked my family doctor to order standard blood testing to see if everything else looked normal otherwise. Well, everything except a low WBC!!! I was told that between 4.8-11.0 THOU/CMM was the normal range and mine was at 3.75. My worst fear has come too close for comfort. I read that a low WBC could indicate HIV infection. How could all of my other antibody tests have missed this, I even tested up to 15 months post exposure??? Would you suggest a PCR test based on this information? Please respond A.S.A.P. HELP!!!

Response from Mr. Molaghan


Although a decreased white blood count can be an indicator of HIV infection, it is not an absolute marker. The white blood count can be decreased in a number of other clinical situations including other viral infections, bone marrow abnormalities and even in response to some medicines. Discuss the other potential causes for this lab result with your physician. You might also find some useful information on HIV testing at The Body's

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