Oct 12, 2007
would it be common for someone with hiv to have a positive ANA test (antinuclear antibodies) and how many people with hiv could have a high WBC for over 22 months is that even possible from what i understand it would be the a low WBC
Response from Dr. Henry
A certain % of the general population have a positive ANA (that can actualy mean a wide variety of things) so occasionally HIV+ and +ANA are seen in the same patient. HIV+ patients can develop a range of rheumatolgic disorders that can be sometimes be linked to the HIV infection. Many HIV+ patients run a normal WBC with HIV infection itself rarely linked to a persistently elevated WBC. I refer patients in that situation to a rheumarologist to help me sort out the meaning of the + ANA and get an opinion about how to interpret the elevated WBC. KH
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