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Does Hiv Lower General Lymphocyte Count

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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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lymphocyte count depression in acute HIV

dear dr. feinberg,in several of your responses you have said in in primary hiv infection count of lypmhpocytes goes down whileneutrophil and sed rate goes up. now the question is whenyou mean 'going up or down' does it mean USUALLY that...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Let me clarify that I never said that the white blood cell count or sed rate go up in acute HIV, just that the lymphocyte count goes down. This can be near the lower limit of normal or can be frankly abnormal.... Read more »

lymphocytes decreasing since starting HIV treatment, CD4 counts not improving

Hi. I am 27, and I was diagnosed HIV+ 1 year ago, and I started treatment at the same time (and I have been 100% compliant -- never missed a single dose (and will not)). Before starting treatment, I had a few symptoms: hair loss, extremely dry...
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
We see this on occasion, namely people who have undetectable viral loads, see an unexplained reduction in their CD4 count. In most cases, there is no explanation. Changing HIV medications has usually not reversed this trend. In a few cases other... Read more »

Total Lymphocyte Count Vs. CD4 Lymphocyte Count

Please tell me if this is correct: As HIV disease progresses the CD4 lymphocyte count decreases and the CD8 lymphocyte count increases. Because of this the total lymphocyte count (CD4 and CD8 lymphocytes together) may not decrease, but the CD4...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
That is true. However overall lymphocyte counts may also decline as HIV progresses, but mostly it is theCD4. Happy Holidays Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.... Read more »

Total Lymphocyte Count Vs. CD4 Lymphocyte Count

Please tell me if this is correct: As HIV disease progresses the CD4 lymphocyte count decreases and the CD8 lymphocyte count increases. Because of this the total lymphocyte count (CD4 and CD8 lymphocytes together) may not decrease, but the 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
You are correct. Except in advanced AIDS, the CD8 cells begin to go down again, and as such the total lymphocyte count will go down as well.MH... Read more »
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Worried about my Lymphocytes Count: AM i at a RISK

Posted by sam1000, 2 Replies
I have exposed for a unprotected oral sex (Another person Suck me).it made me worry. and I have undergone VDRL after 6 days it was Negative.
But my WBC make me fully disappointed
WBC: MAX :10000Min:4000
Neutrophills : 7200
Lymphocytes :2600
Eosinophills... Read more »

low Lymphocyte count

Posted by Anonymous
In July I had unprotected oral sex. I had a blood test 7 weeks after hiv neg.
My Lymphocyte count was 15 norm 18-47. In 1998 my Lymphocyte count was 26.

With a neg test after 7 weeks am I at low risk to have a pos. test @ 6months.


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POZ + big lower cheeks + high CD8 count = DILS

Posted by BabyPeanut, 1 Reply
If you are infected with HIV and have developed swollen cheeks and a
high CD8 count that does not go away with time then you probably have
DILS. Fortunately, unless it turns into cancer, DILS is harmless. It
is a good idea to have your doctor confirm... 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 »