Aug 10, 2003
I am HIV positive. So far, my wife has tested negative. She has had the three-month test. She returns for the six-month test in September. Recently, she discovered that her WBC Count was 3.4, which is low. Her neutrophil count is 1.67. However, her lymphocyte count is 1.27. Should we be alarmed that she might have HIV as a result of the WBC count and the neutrophil count?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
You cannot rely on decreased WBC as a surrogate test for HIV infection. There are many medical conditions that result in a decreased WBC count.
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