|Low White Blood Cells
Nov 5, 2012
HI. I'm on Tenefovir, Nevirapene, and Lamivudine for 8 years. My last CD4 taken in July was 611. 2 wks ago I had parotitis (mumps) but right after it was gone, I experience very low grade fever but my temperature remains normal. I took CBC test just to check if my platelet count is ok but was surprise to find that my white blood cells are low. First time after 8 years in ART. Mild skin rashes came 3 days ago but managed it with antihastimine and it's fine now. I feel fine except that low white blood cells worry me. Could it be because of the mumps I had a week ago? Will the white blood cells count revert to normal even if I don't take any treatment? Will this affect my CD4 levels? Thank you in advance. From Dave
| Response from Dr. Henry
Very unlikely that the low white blood cell count would be related to you stable current HIV regimen. More likely that a viral infection(such as mumps) may have thrown off your white blood cell count. The white blood cell count is quite variable-if it goes low the total lymphocyte count may be lower as well (form of white blood cell) thus also lowering your CD4 count. I would expect your white blood cell coount will rebound to more typical levels over the next month or so-would have your HIV doctor monitor. KH
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