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Blood Tests Indicators For Hiv

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

Table of Contents Lab Tests Are Important Tools The Basics Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Chemistry (Chemistry or Chem Screens) The Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary part of caring for your health. Ifyou are living with HIV (HIV+), lab tests are especially important tools thathelp you and your health care provider keep track of how you are doing in thefollowing areas: Immune...
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Low blood platlets indicator of AIDS?

I was told by a lab person that HIV positive people tend to have low bloodplatlet counts. My platlets have been falling for the past three years. Should I get tested for HIV. G>P...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. It is true that some persons with HIV can have low platelet counts. Thecondition related to this is called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura(ITP). The cause is unknown. Persons who do NOT have HIV can also get... Read more »

Red blood cell indices and recent infection

My question is in reference to recent exposures (under 1 year) to Hiv and whether or not certain abnormal RBC indices are usually seen? Is this more common in the later stages of Hiv/Aids, and/or with the use of certain medications? Thanks for...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
HelloDuring the phase of acute infection, some people do develop anemia with a lower than normal red blood count, hematocrit and hemoglobin. Also, the white blood cell count (WBC) and lymphocyte count can be decreased. This decrease is usually... Read more »

low MCHC/high RDW indications of HIV

Had complete blood work done and MCHC level is 318 and flagged as low. RDW level is 14.6 and flagged as high. Can these be indicators of HIV or other issue. My concern comes from recent news that a former partner, 3yrs since the relationship ended,...
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
These are very nonspecific findings which could result from many medical conditions. If you were at risk then you need to be tested for HIV infection.... Read more »

mononucleosis as an indicator of acute hiv infection

I have read that during acute hiv infection, a mono-like illness is quite common. If someone was diagnosed with mono in the past by his clinical symptoms (sore throat, fatigue, headache), a heterophil antibody test which was positive, and a...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
HelloMany people suffer from clinical symptoms of fever, sore throat, body rash, weight loss and fatigue during acute infection with HIV disease. Many viral infections other than HIV also cause these synmptoms. A positive heterophile antibody test... Read more »
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blood counts can indicate infection

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
As an old timer of this board having had ALL the ars symptoms and 20 negative HIV tests including PCR’s DNA bDNA I recently received the results from a blood count that shows my lymphocyte percentage which was 45 right at the top of the... Read more »

HIV in routine Blood Tests?

Posted by Hifb, 2 Replies
I had unprotected oral sex and intercourse with a man of unknown HIV status about three years ago- Since then I have donated blood (about 3 months after the encounter) and had several blood tests, one for mono and two during emergency room visits(At... Read more »

HIV Symptoms does not indicate HIV Infection

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I wanted to share briefly with everyone that just because you may have symptoms of HIV does not necessarily mean that you are HIV positive.

I would come onto this website everyday for hours and surf the web for the risks, symptoms, exposure rates,... Read more »

Blood test

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
If someone has a blood test (not an HIV test) 35 days after exposure, and the blood test doesn't show any abnormality, Is this an indication that an recent exposure has not happened, or should I be having an HIV test anyway? Read more »