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Does Complete Blood Count Say About 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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Complete Blood Count

I have recently received a copy of my lab test. The test was taken when I was not on any HIV medication. I am concerned about the results indicating a low white cell count 2.7K/uL; Hemoglobin 11.5g/dL; and, Hematocrit 35.3%. I am now on a HAART...
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
You don't indicate whether this was an acute decline in blood counts, or that this has been a consistent finding over time. You also don't indicate where you are on the spectrum of HIV infection (CD4 counts, etc). Many factors can affect... 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 »

HIV tests and Full Blood Counts

hi doctor frascino,i would just like to say that your work here is marvellous and REALLY helpful!a couple of months back (in late May)i had unprotected oral and vaginal sex with someone (whose sexual history i know nothing about).i have only had sex...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,A Complete Blood Count (CBC) cannot detect HIV infection. Only an HIV-specific blood test can do that. Unprotected sex does place you at some degree of risk for STD's, including HIV. Wait at least 3 months from the time of possible... Read more »

CD4 Count V. CD4% Count (ABSOLUTE CD4 COUNT VERSUS CD4%, 2010) (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2010)

Hi,I was diagnosed with HIV around 15 months ago. Since then my health has been good (especially in the last six months) but my CD4 count has fallen a bit rapidly from 470 to 371 to 324 over this time period. However, my CD4 percentage count has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are correct: The CD4% is generally considered the more accurate indicator of immune integrity, as it doesn't tend to fluctuate as much due to intercurrent illnesses and other non-HIV-related factors. (See below.)Regarding beginning... Read more »
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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 »

Low WBC from a Complete Blood Count...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I had a Complete Blood Count done for a regular physical exam. The results freaked me out, I have a low White Blood Count of 3.8 out of the lab norm of 4.5-11.0. My Neutrophils percentage was 39.3% with the lab norm of 50-70%. My lymphocyte... Read more »

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 »

Low White Blood Cell count

Posted by adlers, 1 Reply
Hi,
I recently had a Full Blood Count taken as routine as i have had bad stomach aches etc recently. When they returned they showed a low white blood cell count. The blood was taken about a week after a very drunken incident with a guy. We had sex... Read more »