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Can You Have Hiv And Still Have A Normal White Blood Count

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Normal WBC count in AIDS

I have a sister who has been HIV pos for about 15yrs now. She has never done cd4 count neither has she taken any antiretroviral drug but she has been to the hospital on several occasions in crisis and lab results have always indicated a total wbc of...
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
...count, the CD8 count will increase in reaction to HIV infection and the rest of the white blood cell types can remain in the normal range. So despite the loss of CD4 cells, the total wbc will remain in the normal range. Read more »

White Blood Cell Count

I have recently had my blood tested twice, once after 1.5 weeks, and again after 7 weeks after a... Read more »

red , white blood cell count on hiv neg. or pos.

I have been worried if I was infected with hiv years ago. I recently had blood work done and my red... Read more »
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Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...cause health problems. White Blood Cell Tests White blood cells (also called leukocytes) help fight infections in the body. White Blood Cell Count (WBC) is the total number of white blood cells. A high WBC usually means that the body is... Read more »
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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

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Hepatitis C and HIV

...some serious side effects, including flu-like symptoms, irritability, depression, and low red blood cell counts (anemia) or white blood cell counts. Talk with your health care provider about how to deal with side effects. Ribavirin can cause... Read more »
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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

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Question on White cell count

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...blood test From the time of exposure and the time i went to the doc it was 6 1/2 weeks later. I still could not swallow. The white cell count came back normal. If I was infected how would this effect my white cell count? I heard it would be low... Read more »

White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...When you get a standard blood workup from the doctor and they say your white blood cell count is elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in white Read more »

WHITE BLOOD CELLS COUNT

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 cells

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...does anyone know if it is possible to show a decrease in white blood cells only a few days after hiv infection, or would this occur later? i know that such a decrease can be a result of several infections--does anyone know what Read more »