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Low Platelet count
Jan 12, 2007

Hi,

After finding out i am HIV+, my CD4 result is 15%, ABS and the virus load is 48620 copies/ml. I am recommended to start med immediately. However, i have mild thrombocytopenia since two years ago Firstly, Is there any drugs i should avoid? Secondly, i am having fever on and off for the past 2 weeks. Is everything okie with me? I am scared and worried.

Response from Dr. Henry

Effective HIV therapy can often improve low platelet counts seen in the setting of HIV infection. There is considerable experience with use of AZT in that setting-much less for some of the now widely used AZT alternatives (such as tenofovor or abacavir)when used for HIV infection with a focus on increasing a low platelet count. Mild thrombocytopenia is usually well tolerated with little clinical problems in HIV+ persons. KH



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