Hepatitis C White Blood Cell Count

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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

...ribavirin (RBV). PEG-IFN is injected once a week. RBV is a pill taken twice daily. These drugs have some serious side effects, including flu-like symptoms, irritability, depression, and low red blood cell counts (anemia) or white blood cell counts. Talk with your health care provider about how to deal with side effects. Ribavirin can cause severe birth defects. Women should not use it for at least six months before they become pregnant, or...
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Hepatitis C

in Sept 2008, while testing for HIV, the doctor told me that I was infected with Hepatitis C, but it is gone. yesterday, i went to another doctor and talked about fatigue and hep C. i am very scared is there any treatment for complete removal of Hep...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...some serious side effects, including flu-like symptoms, irritability, depression, and low red blood cell counts (anemia) or white blood cell counts. Talk with your health care provider about how to deal with side effects.Ribavirin can cause... Read more »

Hepatitis C

My father has hepatitis C for 10 years. His ALT is 100 and age 71. Now his lymphocytes has reduced to 10%. Why his lymphocytes has been reduced. Should he test HIV.Regards,Muhammad Shoaib
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Actually in HIV infection, the lymphocyte fraction is usually increased when looking at a differential white blood cell count. His hepatitis C may not have been diagnosed until 10 years ago, but he may have had the infection long before then... Read more »

Hepititis C and T-Cell Count?

Will Hep. C lower your T-Cell count? A family member of mine recently tested positive for hep. C. The doctor also told her that her white and red blood cells were down. Is this sysematic with Hep. C? Should she also take an HIV test.Thank you for...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Hepatitis C can depress total white blood cell counts. As for anemia, I would wonder about a different cause - the physician will have to work that up.Dr. McG Read more »

Elevated liver enzymes and low white blood cell count

First, let me say that some of your responses I have read have left me in tears. If ever want to try a second career stand up comedy could be a good fit.My situation I have had 4 patners in the last 3 months all hetro vaginal sex and one hetro anal...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Your internist is not well versed in HIV and hepatitis C? Hmmm . . . then why is he still your internist?Unprotected sex does place you at risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently, Read more »
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The Well Project

Treatment of Hepatitis C

...interferon include: Flu-like symptoms (fever, nausea, muscle aches) Depression Anxiety or irritability Low white blood cell count (neutropenia) Some doctors think people with pre-existing depression, other mental... Read more »
HIV i-Base

Controversial Aspects of Hepatitis C Transmission, Monitoring, Care and Treatment

...weight-based ribavirin for 72 weeks. Although no one discontinued treatment, flu-like symptoms were common, as were low red and white blood cell counts (anemia and neutropenia). More than half needed treatment with a growth factor for anemia,... Read more »
ACRIA and GMHC

Hepatitis C: The Changing Picture

...whites, while Asians seem to do better. Interferon can cause difficult side effects, including depression, fatigue, and low white blood cell count, and ribavirin can cause anemia. Many people are reluctant to start treatment for this reason,... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection

... Are you HIV positive and newly diagnosed with hepatitis C (Hep C)?Do you have one virus and think youmight be infected with the other? If so, this brochure answers somebasic questions Read more »