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Hiv And Infection Of White Blood Cells

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White Blood Cells during primary HIV infection

I am confused about this whole white blood cell thing. There are doctors who believe that during acute retroviral syndrome/primary HIV infections that white blood cell and lymphs are low, and others say that they would be high, which is true??
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...what happens to white cells during the acute retroviral syndroma/primary HIV infection. In general, in viral infections, the white blood cell count typically does go down; this is in contrast to bacterial infections, in which the white cells... Read more »

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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

...side effects,and adherence must be taken into account as well. Tropism Test Tropism has to do with the way HIV infects white blood cells in your bodycalled CD4 cells. In order to enter a CD4 cell, HIV attaches itself toreceptors on the... Read more »
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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...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... Read more »
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Acute HIV Infection

...much higher during the early stage of acute infection. Treating Acute HIV Infection At first, the immune system produces white blood cells that recognize and kill HIV-infected cells. This is called an "HIV-specific response." Over time, most... Read more »
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Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...(CBC) The most common laboratory test is the complete blood count (CBC). It examines the components of blood, including red and white blood cells and platelets. Most test results are reported as amounts in a sample of blood (for example, cells... Read more »
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White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...count is elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in white blood cells or an increase. I realize that neither result would in any way indicate HIV directly, I just was... Read more »

Runnng out of possibilities

Posted by worried22yo, 3 Replies
...the tests they said they were going to, such as a complete blood count which would have indicated potential HIV infection if white blood cells were off. What I do now know: neg. for Lyme, neg. for diabetes, thyroid level normal. Liver and kidney... Read more »

Low White Blood Cell count

Posted by adlers, 1 Reply
...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 and... Read more »

WHITE BLOOD CELLS COUNT

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...if u are infected with hiv does this show up in wbc counts? and does a normal blood test ever suggest a hiv test should be taken>? Read more »