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Effect Of HIV On White Blood Cell Programming

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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...rangeslisted below are general and may not be exactly the same as your lab. Look atyour lab report for the normal range they use. Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood is made up of different types of cells including red blood cells,white blood cells, and platelets. The complete blood count (CBC) is a test thatmeasures the amount of these cells in a sample of your blood. CBCs areespecially important for HIV+ people because some HIV drugs and...
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HIV/effect on WBC's and platelets

Doctor Holodniy, In the absence of treatment, does early and intermediate stage HIV infection usually cause White Blood Cell counts to progressively go (trend) lower or would they fluctuate?Also, does HIV cause a progressive decrease in the number...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...The numbers fluctuate, and are primarily lowered significantly in later stages of HIV infection like AIDS. Medications, other medical illnesses, will also affect the counts. Read more »

Don't understand labs

HiI have just recently been diagnosed HIV+ Feb 2008, can't be + more than 8 months.I have had 3 labs done in the past 3 months all of which where dissapointing especially the last one. Here they are are cd4 % VL150 24 3000150 15 3000170 25 ...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...CD4 percent is very good, despite your absolute count being low. The absolute count level may be a reflection of a low total white blood cell (WBC) or total lymphocyte count. What this means is that you should see a fairly good rise in CD4 count... Read more »

Side effects of bactrim & pentamidine

When administering bactrim and pentamidine to a child with AIDS, what common side effect should be monitored?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...counts. For pentamidine, the major side effects are kidney dysfunction, low blood pressure, blood sugar abnormalities, low white blood cell counts, and stomach/gut side effects. KH Read more »

White blood cell boosters

I am getting Toxil for Kaposi in lungs, liver, stomage,&lymnp nodes in groin area. I am on fuzion undetectable but only 225 t-cells and want to know if I can do something to bring them up? Boosters help restore white blood cell counts, reducing the...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...You are correct that the drugs you list increase white blood cells to prevent infection in the setting of chemotherapy. They primarily increase the neutrophil count. This is one type of white Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...cell. These are less important but help to detect various anemias and leukemias. White Blood Cells: Infection Fighters White Blood Cell (WBC) Count WBCs, or leukocytes , help prevent and fight infections. A normal count ranges from... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...The Bottom Line What Is Interleukin-2? Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a protein made by the body. T-helper cells, a kind of white blood cell, produce IL-2 when they are stimulated by an infection. IL-2 makes infection-fighting cells multiply... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Health Checklist

...keeping your viral load below 1,000. Complete Blood Count (CBC, see fact sheet 121 ): This test measures red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets (cells that help clot your blood if you get a cut. It is the most common blood test.... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Monitoring Tests for People With HIV

...than normal cells. Red Blood Cell Distribution Width (RDW): a measure of the size and uniformity of red blood cells. White Blood Cells White blood cells (leukocytes) carry out the body's immune responses. The CBC looks at numbers of various... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...associated with the use of antiviral drugs that can be severe. Some of the nucleoside RT inhibitors may cause a decrease of red or white blood cells, especially when taken in the later stages of the disease. Some may also cause inflammation of... Read more »

hsv2 and low white blood cell count

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Could having hsv2 delay hiv antibody results(keep coming up negative but positve)? And could a low white blood cell count 3.9 normal is 3.8- 10.5 be a sign of possible aids or hiv becoming aids even though negative on antibody test and negative Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...if u are infected with hiv does this show up in wbc counts? and does a normal blood test ever suggest a hiv test should be taken>? Read more »

White Blood Cell Count

Posted by sunkyst, 2 Replies
...freaked out. I went to my doctor to get my blood work results and he told me that all the tests were normal except that my white blood cell count was slightly elevated. I've tested for HIV several times over the past 2 months, including having... Read more »