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Cbc Count In Relation To 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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CBC's blood count tests

Dear Mr. KullI was born with a weak immune system, when I was 8 I caught histoplasmosis. I was treated at NIH and finally cured when I was 12 yrs old. In either 1989 or 1990 I had a one night stand with a man who ended up dieing of Aids. I am not...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
The best way to tell if you are HIV infected is to get an HIV antibody test. A standard CBC is not used to detect HIV infection, nor would it be a reliable method to do so. I understand that you must be scared about getting HIV tested, but it is... Read more »

Pls help...CBC results for HIV ers.

Dear Dr, I was recently infected (6 months back) but am not on medication as yet. VL 25K with CD4 570. My question is that I have been accepted in a job interview and has been asked to go for a basic blood test (CBC). This is for insurance coverage...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
This forum is for handling symptoms related to the treatment of HIV infection. Questions about blood test results can be addressed to the forum on anemia.... Read more »

RE: CBC count -Oct 7

Dr. Judith, you indicated that a CBC count is usually abnormal in a HIV+ person.Would this abnormality show up during the acute infection period when Viral load is high? ...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
During acute HIV infection, the most likely abnormality is a low lymphocyte count. Sometimes abnormal-looking lymphocytes can be seen. If you did a lymphocyte subset test, you would see that the CD4 (T4, helper cell) cells were low.... Read more »

CBC (Complete Blood Count)

Dear Doc, Since we don't have facilties to conduct CD4 counts here in our place... I'm wondering if CBC (Complete Blood Count) could be of any help in "at least" determining the status of a a risky person. What are the figures...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The CBC holds clues to the possibility of HIV infection, but none are absolutely diagnostic. HIV+ people usually have leukopenia, with both neutropenia and lymphopenia. Often they are anemic, and a small proportion have thrombocytopenia.... Read more »
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CBC (Complete Blood Count)

Posted by rustychaucer5968
Hi again,

I have a questions. If a person has HIV. Would their be any changes to their White Blood Cells in their CBC (Complete Blood Count). If so, would the white blood cells count be low or high? I heard that CBC has nothing to do with HIV, but if... Read more »

CBC: Complete Blood Count

Posted by rustychaucer5968, 1 Reply
Hey everyone,

I am venting.

I just received my blood test today. I tested for my CBC (Complete Blood Count). I will get my results from my doctor tomorrow. I am scared because I hope my White blood cells are within normal range which I doubt because... Read more »

Time between infection and the CBC to show low WBC and Lymphocytes numbers

Posted by CharlieTrotter, 1 Reply
Hi

I'm an individual that has frequented commercial sex workers over the past couple of years (in between girlfriends). Each and every time I have used a condom. The best of my knowledge, none of the condoms have ever broken.

In July I had a CBC,... Read more »

ARS/HIV and CBC - ?????

Posted by Anonymous
I know that HIV test is needed to tell whether someone is really infected. However, my question is this. If somebody has what he thinks are symptoms of HIV due to a 2.5 month old exposure, would this have any bearing on his CBC (complete blood... Read more »