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Trends in hematology and metabolic profiles of HIV infected patients

Jun 14, 2003

Dr. Holodniy, Is it true that most HIV infected people will tend to have lower than normal white blood cell counts, high immunoglobulin serum (IGG, IGA and IGM)levels and a moderate to high sed rate? I know that T cell subsets are the most important tests, but are there trends (in addition to those mentioned above)that one expects to see in the hematology and metabolic blood test results of HIV infected patients? If so, I'd appreciate your explaining which categories are the most significant and may be surrogate indicators of HIV infection.

Many thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

All the abnormalities you describe can occur during HIV infection. None can be used as surrogate lab markers for HIV infection.

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plasma viral load

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