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Does Hiv Affect The Wbc

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The Well Project

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

...rangeslisted below are general and may not be exactly the same as your lab. Look atyour lab report for the normal range they use. Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood is made up of different types of cells including red blood cells,white blood cells, and platelets. The complete blood count (CBC) is a test thatmeasures the amount of these cells in a sample of your blood. CBCs areespecially important for HIV+ people because some HIV drugs and...
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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
...Although HIV affects the CD4 lymphocyte 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... Read more »

Decline CD4, VL undetectable

Dear Dr HolodniyI am a regular visitor to the Body's website, and find it to be most encouraging and supportive in our fight against HIV. My wife was diagnosed with HIV in 9/04 and started treatment with AZT+3TC+NVP. Her initial CD4 was 83, CD4%...
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
...illnesses or is taking any other meds or preparations that could be affecting her blood counts and hence her CD4 count. If her total white blood cell (WBC) count or lymphocyte count has decreased, this will result in a significant decline in CD4... Read more »

CD4 counts and total lymphocyte count?

From what I have read here, I imagine that if one person tests positive for HIV,the next step is to measure the CD4 count, right?Is this a special analysis? If the number is ok, how often is it repeated inorder to control the evolution of HIV?Low...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
...load.When you order a complete blood count, you get a hematocrit and hemoglobin (which tell you about red blood cells) and a white blood cell count. A "differential" then tells you about the different types of white blood cells: what percentage... Read more »

CD 4 not rising

I am on treatment for a year, and my cd4 has risen from 60 to 150, with VL completely supressed. last test my cd went to 115 but vl still supressed. any recommendations on how to strengthen my immune system, i am healthy. meds are ziagen, epivir,...
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
...lower your CD4 is when you start, the longer it can take for your numbers to increase. You don't indicate what your CD4 percent, white blood cell (WBC) or total lymphocyte count is. If the WBC is significantly lower than normal, even with a good... Read more »
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Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...cell. These are less important but help to detect various anemias and leukemias. White Blood Cells: Infection Fighters White Blood Cell (WBC) Count WBCs, or leukocytes , help prevent and fight infections. A normal count ranges from... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Normal Laboratory Values

...units/liter W 0.15-0.42 µkat/liter M 0.17-0.67 µkat/liter x 0.01667 Basophils 0-3% of lymphocytes 0.0-0.3 fraction of white blood cells x 0.01 Bilirubin - Direct 0.0-0.4 mg/dl 0-7 µmol/liter x 17.1 Bilirubin - Total 0.0-1.0... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Health Checklist

...keeping your viral load below 1,000. Complete Blood Count (CBC, see fact sheet 121 ): This test measures red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets (cells that help clot your blood if you get a cut. It is the most common blood test.... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Monitoring Tests for People With HIV

...called plasma. The complete blood count (CBC) is an inventory of the different cellular components of the blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This test is important because people with HIV may have low blood cell counts... Read more »
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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 Read more »

i dont understand!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...another appointment- during this appointment the doctor told him that he found some abnormalties in the blood and thinks an HIV test should be taken. I'm confused. I thought that standard blood tests don't show any of that stuff? Someone... Read more »

WBC & stress???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...nervous that they may have messed up at the lab. Thanks for any responses. WHY AM I DOING THIS TO MYSELF? Also, if one has HIV for say 6-8 years, would they stop producing antibodies so they wouldn't appear in a test? Read more »

Do any drugs affect HIV test results?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I am taking valium for anxiety and recently had a negative HIV test. Could taking valium have compromised the HIV test results? Read more »