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The Well Project

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

...range. The 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...
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AIDS/HIV and red blood cell problems

One of my dearest friends is a man who, because of his sexual behavior, is at great risk for AIDS. He recently has been treated by a hematologist for a red blood cell problem--his counts are way too high. The treatment (in addition to many tests)...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
...The condition you are describing is known as polycythemia or erythrocytosis, which is characterized by enhanced stimulation of red blood cell production (the opposite of anemia). Polycythemia can be caused by many factors including low... Read more »

iron deficiency anemia and fatigue

Hi Dr.F.I heard you speak in San Diego last year. Thank you for sharing your story with us and giving us useful honest information. Your talk was by far the best (and most entertaining) we've had. We are all hoping you will come back soon. My...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello B,I'm impressed you were taking such detailed notes during my talk! Here's the scoop on serum iron as it relates to iron deficiency anemia vs. anemia of chronic disease. This gets a bit technical and even doctors sometimes have difficulty... Read more »

Can anemia cause CD4 count to drop?

Thank you for replying to my previous questions regarding my husband. At his second quarterly check up, he was told that his viral load was now undetectable but his CD4 count had dropped from 175 to 50 due to severe anemia from taking Ziduvina. He...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Anemia, defined as a decreased in red blood cells, would not be responsible for the drop in your husband's CD4 count. CD4 cells are white blood cells and anemia involves only Read more »

enlarged red blood cells

Help!I just came back from my doctor's office and have received my latest 3 month work-up (blood studies). I am really concerned about 2 of the findings. Prior to having my blood drawn I had been fasting for 12 hours. My most recent FBS came back...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
...Hi,The "mega something" most likely refers to the size of your red blood cells. When red blood cells are pushed out of the bone marrow (where they are made) early, they are often over-sized which we term Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

... The Complete Blood Count (CBC) Red Blood Cell Tests White Blood Cell Tests The Complete Blood Count (CBC) The most common laboratory test is the complete blood count Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

... Introduction Complete Blood Count (CBC) Red Blood Cells: The Oxygen Carriers White Blood Cells: Infection Fighters Platelet Count Chemistry Screen (CHEM-25 OR SMA-25) Lymphocyte Read more »
The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...Care of Yourself What Is Anemia? Anemia is a medical problem that happens when you have a lower than normal amount of red blood cells (RBCs) in your body. It can also happen if your hemoglobin (HGB) level is below normal. HGB is a protein... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Chemistry Panel

...glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase or SGOT); used with the ALT test to detect liver disease. Bilirubin (a yellow fluid produced when red blood cells break down). High levels can indicate liver disease but might also be caused by the antiviral... Read more »
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Window period!

Posted by Oomar27, 1 Reply
...the clear. That if i was infeced w. the virus all the test will have different results , specially the white blood cell and red blood cells. She just discoverd that i've a lot of crystas in my urin and that i have a waring sign w. diabitis b/c... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...and suggested that since my nodes have persisted that I see a Hematologist. My question is it possible to have HIV and still have normal bloodwork results from a CBC and CMP test? Read more »

my lab test results

Posted by bobo, 4 Replies
hey guys, hope you all good.i got my results on thurs and my CD4's were 639 and my VL 239;my doc says that i should not be put on meds anytime soon, though we barely understand each other coz i hardly speak the language.just wondering if anyone was... Read more »

just tested negative

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...came back that all my blood cells(red, white and platlets) were very low. The first thing that they were concerened about was HIV infection...well from there on it was a nightmare...i was realeased from the hospital and gathered up the courage... Read more »