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Do Opportunistic Infections Affect Your WBC

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Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections

Introduction Opportunistic Infections and HIV Disease Preventing Infections in the First Place Treating Infections as They Occur Preventive Treatment for OIs Maintenance Therapy A Final Word on Strategies for Managing Opportunistic Infections List of AIDS-Defining OIs from the Centers for Disease Control Introduction HIV ( human immunodeficiency virus ) infects the cells of your body's immune system. It then impairs how...
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Opportunistic infections

Dear Doctor,I am getting crazy, please help. My last CD4 count is 1029 and CD4/CD8 ratio is 1.81. But, I am getting opportunistic infections such as athlete's foot and leukoplakia on tongue.What is wrong with me?thanks....
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
The issue here is terminology. For example, fungal infections between your toes ("athlete's foot") is not an opportunistic infection and is seen at any CD4 count (with or without HIV infection). Whereas other types of fungal... Read more »

Low WBC + Fatigue

Hi, I know stress and anxiety can cause many symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, etc.. But can it also decrease your White Blood Cell count? My current WBC is 3.6 (10-3/MM-3). My Neutriphils are 43 which are also considered low, and my Lymphocytes...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Well, if you're a musician here in the Bay Area, no wonder you're stressed! Yes, routine viral infections like common colds, etc, can temporarily depress your total white blood cell count. Too much stress and anxiety can do almost... Read more »

Does WBC count affect cd4 values?

Dear Doc, I'm trying to figure out why my t cells dropped so much without any vl pressure/increase. I had radiation to the parotids.Could this be a reason? ANd can wbc count affect cd4 counts.Here are my values: 5/16/03 cd4=660 and 31...
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
Radiation therapy can certainly affect your WBC count and your CD4 count. Given both the drop in WBC and CD4 percentage, that could account for your current CD4 count.... Read more »

low WBC at 2.7 for long period despite taking atripla.

Why has my WBC count remained so low for a decade now without significant change? The only change was from 2.5 to 2.7 despite taking HIV medicine and maintaining an undetectable VL and CD4 at just around 200s to 300s. Please explain....
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
Although you don't indicate what your baseline CD4 count was before starting HIV treatment, whether you had any prior serious opportunistic infections, or whether this low WBC was ever worked up (i.e. bone marrow biopsy), we do see people who... Read more »
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WBC & stress???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I know I am stressing myself out but I had a CBC done and my white blood count was low normal. Could stress cause it to be low? Any other factors? I have tested negative with Home Access way past window period but am nervous that they may have... Read more »

Opportunistic Infections??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had a risky situation approx 2 years ago. I have been relatively healthy since then but have become overcome with thoughts of hiv. Is it possible to have an opportunistic infection without having other symptoms. I have never had a fever, night... Read more »

Esophagitis as opportunistic infection

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am wonering if anyone can tell me if Esophagitis can occur within 1st year of acquiring HIV infection. Please, I am extremely scared and I would appericiate an answer.

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Nate Read more »

Opportunistic Infections

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would you say that a reoccuring itchy rash on the lower back/base of spine (large(ish), flat, red and very itchy) 5-6 months after possible exposure (protected vaginal sex with a sex worker) was anything to worry about? I have shown my Doctor and... Read more »