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White Blood Cell Count

Aug 13, 1998

I have recently had my blood tested twice, once after 1.5 weeks, and again after 7 weeks after a possible exposureto HIV. Both of my tests were normal with respect to the white blood cell count, and everything else was normal as well. My question is should I be worried about possible HIV infection even though my white blood cell count are normal with in this time frame?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I am not sure by your question what HIV specific tests you had done. If it was an HIV antibody test, than i7 weeks after an exposure may still be too early to detect antibodies. You should followup at 3 months to be retested. You can not use a white blood cell count for the diagnosis of HIV infection. A normal count does not rule in or rule out HIV infection. MH

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