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WBC Levels +/-

Jul 24, 2005

In March I became very-very ill and was told I just had converted to HIV+. Viral Load back then was > 1,000,000 & my CD4 & CD8 counts were not good. I have been on Sustiva & Epzicom since, and am now VL at <100, CD4-629 and CD8-476. I am happy there... However, my WBC dropped from 11+ to 2.8, my total triglycerdies went from 110 to 350 [drug side effect], creatinine jumped from 1.2 to 1.6 and my heloglob dropped below 10 [started on iron pills last week]. What affects the WBC count? FYI, I also have PKD [Polycystic Kidney Disease].

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You don't indicate whether you are taking any other medicines that might be affecting your bone marrow, and hence your blood counts, or your kidney function. Your doctor needs to do some digging as this could be medication or some other illness causing these things.

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