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Dec 16, 2007

My platelet count is 50. Can a low platelet count, on it's own, cause fatigue? Is this a reason to start HAART?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

A platelet count of 50 is markedly low- though by itself doesn't explain fatigue, if HIV is causing you to have such a low count, it's entirely reasonable that HIV is the cause of fatigue.

As such, if there is no other compelling reason for your lab abnormality and symptoms, starting HIV treatments would be reasonable.

Best of health, BY

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