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What does not having any white cells mean?
May 15, 2011

my ex husband is in a hospital at this moment with a diagnostic of positive hiv and respiratory pulmonary virus infection med hiv. Can you explain what does this mean. He also mentioned a block age and not having no more white cells.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It is difficult to answer these questions without more information. First, it is important to know what his CD4 count is. The CD4 count is a measure of how much damage the immune system has sustained from HIV infection. This will help determine what kinds of infections or other medial problems he might be having. For instance, if the CD4 count is < 200, that indicates an AIDS diagnosis. That means he is at significant risk for developing or having serious infections. In addition to treating those infections, HIV medications should be started ASAP. I am not sure exactly what "having no white cells" means. It could mean his CD4 count is very low, or it could mean all his white blood cells (the cells that fight all kinds of infections) are low. That could be related to HIV infection or other ongoing infections he may have, which should be treated with the appropriate antibiotics.



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