Mar 30, 2013
I have had a persistent low WBC since I was diagnosed with HIV in 2010. My recent lab results are WBC 2.8 RBC 4.95 Lymphocytes 0.87 Monocytes 0.17 Polymorphonuclear leuk 1.51 Eosinophils 0.20 Basophils 0.06 Granulocytes 1.5 Reactive lymphocytes 1+ Cd4 388 Cd4 percent 41 Cd8 359 Cd8 percent 38 Cd4/cd8 ratio 1.1
I have had an undetectable HIV viral load since 2010 when I started meds and am currently taking Complera. My low WBC has continued since diagnosis and will bounce around from the mid 2's to the mid 4's. I
What is the significance of a low WBC and what could be the cause? Is there nothing I can do or something I should watch for?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Yes your WBC is low, but not dangerously so. This is not an uncommon finding in HIV infection. As a result, your CD4 count is lower than your CD4 percent would suggest. Somtimes it improves with HIV treatment, but sometimes it does not. Other infections, some medications, and other illnesses can cause a decrease in WBC. Sometimes a bone marrow biopsy is performed to see whether a cause can be found.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Bloody Urine After Anal Fingering Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Penis After Rubbing Vagina Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Urethra After Biting Worried I Have HIV
- Chills After Sharing Vibrators Worried I Have HIV
- Hair Loss After Insertive Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Itchy Vagina After Blowjob Sign Of HIV AIDS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.