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WBC & stress???
      #29674 - 03/11/02 09:19 AM

I know I am stressing myself out but I had a CBC done and my white blood count was low normal. Could stress cause it to be low? Any other factors? I have tested negative with Home Access way past window period but am nervous that they may have messed up at the lab. Thanks for any responses. WHY AM I DOING THIS TO MYSELF? Also, if one has HIV for say 6-8 years, would they stop producing antibodies so they wouldn't appear in a test?



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Re: WBC & stress??? new
      #29684 - 03/11/02 12:47 PM

a CBC cannot tell you if you have hiv. Take it from me. I thoght i was infected got a cbc had low wbc, then did another one a month later and had a high wbc count and it turned out to be some kind of virus. I tested negative after 3 months. Any infection will affect cbc even stress and medication so just get tested its the only way to find out.




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Re: WBC & stress??? new
      #29686 - 03/11/02 01:12 PM

Thanks for the post. I tested neg after the window but started to get nervous again. That is why the CBC test. I have been stressing myself severly for weeks as well as not getting any exercise. I have heard the WBC fluctuates from hour to hour so I am trying not to worry and go on with my life. Has anyone had any doubts about Home Access? I was neg with them and for some reason I keep thinking they may have messed up. I am going later this week to do another test with an doctor to put this to bed.



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Re: WBC & stress??? new
      #29687 - 03/11/02 01:13 PM

WBC is highly variable and can change significantly during the day. One cannot tell if they have HIV through a CBC or WBC - especially during the first several years of infection. I had a low normal WBC yet have tested HIV negative 1 year post exposure. If you use a CBC or WBC as an indication you'll drive yourself nuts!



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Re: WBC & stress??? new
      #29688 - 03/11/02 01:17 PM

I used Home Access 2 times (3rd and 6th month) and like you somewhat doubted the results so tested through my PCP. All 3 were negative so I would say the test is accurate as long as you test after the window period.

I think it is wise to test twice if you are really concerned. That way it erases any doubt of the lab screwing up or wondering if the test was reliable.



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