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white blood cells please please help
May 22, 2009

I recently got discharged from hospital, due to another injury my blood test came back with some very disturbing readings my white cells were very high 14.10 the doctor said there is a infection in your system. should there reason to be concerned of hiv.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello,

An elevated white blood cell test is not an indicator of HIV infection. Nevertheless, the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Since HIV testing is now recommended for all persons receiving clinical care, this could be a good time to have your doctor test.

In any event, with an elevated WBC count, it would be good to have a repeat test in a week or so, just to make sure that the level returns to normal.

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