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low blood platelets

May 20, 2006

ive been diagnosed with hiv since november 2005. at present my cd4 is at 380 and viral load is at 90,000. however my platelets are at 40,000. is this cause for concern? also what options are available for me to get my blood platelets increased? thanks

Response from Dr. Holodniy

HIV infection can be the source of low platelet counts. However, there are other medical conditions that can cause this as well. HIV treatment can help raise the platelet count. In cases where this does not occur, other causes and/or treatments could be considered. Your current count is not dangerously low, but counts < 10,000 could be associated with bleeding episodes.

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