Does An Elevated Red Blood Count Indicate Hiv

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The Well Project

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

...women is 4.2-5.4 million red blood cells. Hematocrit (HCT) andhemoglobin (HGB) tests are measures of how well red blood cells carry oxygen. Anormal HCT for women is 36.1-44.3 percent and a normal HGB level is 12.1-15.1.A low RBC count or low HCT or HCT may mean you have anemia, which can cause youto feel tired. Anemia can be caused by certain HIV drugs. Women may alsoexperience anemia as a result of blood loss through menstrual periods. ...
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Elevated red blood cell count / polycythemia

Since June of 2006 my lab work shows my red blood cell count going higher and higher. I switched to a new med combo in June of 2006. For the past 6 years I was on Combivir and Kaletra with excellent results. My new combo is...
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
Your doctor may be correct. However you don't indicate what your red and white cell values were and are currently to determine how significant the increase was and if this is a problem or not. Many things can cause polycythemia (drugs, altitude,... Read more »

Hi, 40 and just diagnosed!

Hi, Thanks for all the help you have given others in the forum, the time and care you give a I have read is great and very helpful. I just turned 40 and was diagnosed in Jan this year. My resilts are as follows. I understand them most and they were...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Your number seem good. Watch your viral load and CD4 cell counts every 3 months if you can. Under the current guidelines in the US, you do not need treatment but can ask for it if you want . IT is a personal decision. Some people chose to start... Read more »

Lab numbers, medication?

Hi... I recently got diagnosed with HIV and my first cd4/viral labs were done 2 months ago....cd4 - 439, vl - 1392. I just got my 2nd round of tests done and my cd4 went up to 519, and my vl went to 5,337..... Before this last round I also recieved...
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
...can look at a few more points on the line to see where the trend is going. Yes, immunizations, particularly in people not on HIV meds, can cause the viral load to increase transiently for a few weeks. Read more »

Low Red blood cells count...

During a routine blood test -- during a yearly physical -- my husband was told he had anemia (low red blood cells count (60% -- he is missing 40%!!) -- the problem is that he feels fine -- never been sick in his life (he is 72)and does not want to...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

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

San Francisco General Hospital
...HelloA 40% reduction in the red blood cell count(RBC)is significant. I can't comment too much without further medical information. Does your husband have HIV disease? Certain Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...Cell Tests Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to cells throughout the body. This is measured by three main tests. The Red Blood Cell Count (RBC) is the total number of red blood cells. Hemoglobin (HGB) is a protein in red blood cells... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Monitoring Tests for People With HIV

...affect red blood cells and their oxygen-carrying capacity. In addition, drugs such as AZT (zidovudine, Retrovir) may lead to low red blood cell counts due to bone marrow suppression, while other medications such as ribavirin (used to treat... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents Liver Basics Symptoms of Liver Damage Tests for Liver Damage The Liver and HIV Liver Disease and Women Caring for Your Liver Taking Care of Yourself Liver Basics Your liver is one of the Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...Blood Cell (RBC) Count RBCs are produced in your bone marrow, and they carry oxygen and carbon dioxide through your body. The RBC count is the number of red blood cells found in a small amount of blood called a cubic milliliter, or mL. Normal... Read more »
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