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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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I am am an English white female living in Spain.Have been pos for 18 years. Taking Truvada and Virumune after changing about a year ago from Combivir. My results are mainly good viral load undetacable and cd4 880. However my Leucocitos Is only 3.89...
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
...Those total white blood cell and red blood cell numbers are just below the normal range. I would not be concerned about that. However, if I am interpreting your neutrophil (nuetrofilos) Read more »

Declining WBC

I started Truvada and Sustiva in Jan 08(VL 13500,CD4 285,15%) and now they are (VL <50,CD4 760,34%).In the past 3yrs since being monitored my WBC has been consistently declining from 8.1 down to 4.33. Why are the WBC numbers taking a beating when...
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
...whether you are taking any other meds or supplements, have any other medical conditions, or whether your other blood cells (red cells or platelets) are affected. If everything else checks out with your doctor, I would not be concerned. If your... Read more »

How do transfusions affect CD4 count, and anemia

? My dad's getting constant transfusions for anemia and to raise his T cell count, but Dr. Frascino previously said transfusions don't affect CD4 count. Are my dad's doctor's wrong and just relying on transfusions too easily. Could he be a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Blood transfusions are an appropriate and sometimes lifesaving treatment for severe anemia (low red blood cell count/low hemoglobin). Transfusions (of red blood cells) do not affect CD4 cells, which are types of white blood cells. Assuming Read more »

Depressed & Tired

I am 45, female, married with 2 children. viral load 598, cd4 497, I am on antidepressants, but am always ready to sleep and have no sex drive or drive to do or enjoy any of the things I have in life. What can I do?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Anemia. Another extremely common cause of fatigue, which can also affect sex drive, is anemia. Anemia means you have too few red blood cells. Red cells contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body.... Read more »
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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 »
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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 »
AIDS InfoNet

Normal Laboratory Values

...glutamyl transferase) W M W M No conversion Hematocrit W 36.0% - 46.0% of red blood cells M 37.0% - 49.0% of red blood cells W 0.36-0.46 fraction of red blood cells M 0.37-0.49... Read more »
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want to have a baby, but worried

Posted by kolo, 1 Reply
...months after birth to normal levels (Witt 2007). In the second human study researchers looked at a gene involved in building red blood cell walls - glycophorin A (GPA) - in the blood of children born to women who had been taking both zidovudine... 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 »

Fatigue and Meds

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I just started meds for the first time. I have a high viral load - >750K - T Cells are 480. My regimen is Viread, Emtriva, Reyataz, and Norvir all once a day. I take these in the evening after eating dinner and I am having a rough time getting... Read more »

Care Home for persons affected w/ 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 »