|Low white blood cell count
Mar 3, 1997
Does a white blood cell count of 3500 indicate the possibility of hiv infection?
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question.
Total white blood cell counts CANNOT be used to indicate possible HIV infection. A person can have a white blood cell count in any range (low, normal or high), and still have HIV. Only a test specific for HIV can indicate whether a person is infected or not. There are many different illnesses that can affect a white blood cell count (both abnormally high or abnormally low). Because of this, a white blood cell count alone cannot indicate HIV infection (or other illnesses for that matter). White blood cell counts must be used along with other laboratory tests, a physical examination, and a persons medical and risk history, in order for a physician to determine what may be causing an abnormal white blood cell count. This test cannot be used to indicate HIV infection. Only a test specific for HIV can be used to determine if a person may have HIV.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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