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Aug 13, 2007

My doctor has seen my RBC and WBC counts on account of my typhoid test. Is there a possibililty that if I had AIDS he might have detected from those counts?

Response from Dr. Conway

Sometimes the while blood cell (WBC) count is lower in people who have HIV infection, due to their lower lymphocyte count. However, this is not a reliable indicator of infection. Many people who are infected have normal counts while many uninfected people have low counts. The only way to know for sure if you are infected is to have a specific test for HIV itself.

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