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Aug 5, 2005

Dear Dr. Wohl, I just had a question about the presence of hiv infection(sorry, wrong forum, but i hope you can still answer this.) What lab values would make you suspicious of hiv infection? You said high overall total protein, can you please list some more? Thanks so much.

JW

Response from Dr. Wohl

This is dangerous territory populated with those afraid to get tested.

There is no substitute for an HIV test. Not observing a high total protein or a low absolute lymphocyte in no way should be taken as evidence that a person isn't infected. Likewise, the presence of these findings in no way should be taken as proof of HIV infection.

If you are in doubt about your HIV status, get tested. At the least, you will know for certain and can deal with the result instead of living in the limbo world of uncertainty and anxiety.

DW



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