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C-reactive protein production in HIV

Apparently my c reactive protien levels are quite elavated! What does this mean? Is it bad and if so how do I lower it??I am on Sustiva,ziagen,reyataz and retinovir. My cd4 are 900-1300 I am in reasonable health although my energy levels are lower...
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
...You don't indicate what the elevated level is, or why the test was ordered in the first place. C-reactive protein is a very nonspecific marker of inflammation. It can be increased with infections, drug reactions, heart problems, among many Read more »

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HIV News & Views, July 15, 2009

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