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How HIV Affects Monocytes And Lymphocytes

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The Well Project

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

...regular lab tests is a necessary part of good health care. Lab testsare important tools that help you and your health care provider keep track ofhow you are doing in the following areas: Immune System Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell test (see sheet called Understanding CD4 Cells and CD4 Cell Tests ) HIV Illness How HIV is responding...
Ask the Experts

neutrophils

Dear Doctors,When using a PCR to look for proviral HIV DNA, is the DNA the test is looking for in neutrophils or lymphocytes, or neither or both.Would a low neutrophil count affect the test <1000 or would it have to be lower like around <500 for a...
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
...The test looks for HIV DNA in mononuclear cells, which would be monocytes and lymphocytes. Read more »

virus impact on CBC results

Dr Mark,In addition to the known effect on cd8s and cd4s, will the virus also have an effect on, and be reflected in the results of other CBCvalues ? I guess every case can be different but typically speaking does hiv cause a higher than normal...
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
...the other values in the CBC will not change, until someone has AIDS and anemia might be present. HIV meds or other meds can affect some of the numbers, as can other infections or medical illnesses. 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
...lymphocytes x 4 = absolute CD4 countYou can see that any variation in the total white blood cell count or lymphocyte count could affect your CD4 count. That's the reason that some people prefer to talk about the CD4 percentage, which is less... Read more »

is this just another snakeoil article

Fight HIV and AIDS NaturallyThis report covers several safe and natural supplements that help your body combat AIDS and the HIV virus. They are all excellent, with the first two being the ones you most likely should focus on. An essential oil...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,If I had to (on pain of death) choose between this crap and snake oil, I'd probably choose the snake oil. It would have a better chance of working.The answer to your inquiry can be found in the disclaimer: "These statements have not been... Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

The Immune System

...(neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils), mast cells, megakaryocytes, mononuclear cells (monocytes and macrophages). The ones most affected by HIV are the lymphocytes . Immune Cells You Need to Know About Lymphocytes are very important... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Normal Laboratory Values

...results tothe range shown on your lab report. Results that are "outof range" may not represent a problem. Your test resultscan be affected by several factors, including your age or gender,if you are pregnant, the time of day when the sample was... Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV

...impact of any treatments that you take. Factors such as age, gender, stress, medicines, active infections and others can all affect these test results. Lab results should be considered with these factors in mind. Understanding your test results... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...that your body is less able to fight off infections. The Differential counts five types of white blood cells: neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils and basophils. These are reported as a percentage of the WBC. The percentages are... Read more »
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Yet another anxious newbie.

Posted by Xenoid, 1 Reply
...showed elevated white cells at 12.4, low segmented neutrophils at 33% (although absolute neutrophil was normal at 4.1), atypical lymphocytes at 14%, monocytes at 21% (2.6 absolute) and absolute lymphocytes at 4.0. Everything else was normal. On... 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 »

CD4 depletion

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
...Dear all - I really need some advice - I'm freaking out about HIV. I've been suffering from symptons now for 8 months after a seemingly low risk exposure - continue to have swollen glands, white Read more »

Care home for people affected with HIV/AIDS

Posted by kel
...(who is gay) and we found out that there are no care homes/assisted living facilities for the gay community here or for those affected by HIV/AIDS (people actually refuse to take them!) So we have opened the first! A care home/assisted living... Read more »