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High Red blood cell count
Aug 12, 2012

Hello Dr. Nelson, I am hiv+, on Atripla for 3 years, CD4 count around 400, undectectable viral load, on testosterone injections for 6 years, synthroid for hypothyroidism, hcg and blood pressure medicine. The last few blood tests show I have an elevated red blood cell count, and high hemacrit level. What can I do to lower this, without going off my testosterone. My levels are 400 ngl at the lowest reading (day before my next injection) and 876 ngl 3-4 days after my injection. I actually feel better with a higher reading, but my Dr. suggest I stop the testosterone....

Thank you

Response from Mr. Vergel

Talk to your doctor about ordering therapeutic phlebotomy on you. Print this report out and give him a copy:

Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Polycythemia in HIV-Infected Patients

Nelson



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