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How Cbc Interpreted In Light Of Hiv Infection

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Complete Blood Count (CBC)

The Complete Blood Count (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 per milliliter) or as a percentage. Other laboratory tests are discussed in Fact Sheet 122 and Fact Sheet 123 . All blood cells are made in the bone marrow, the center of large...
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Serious Question about CBC from a WW Democrat

Dr. BobI recently sent in a donation and got a really nice letter in return-thank you! I was also in Los Altos last week and I thought how cool it would have been to meet you.I have a question concerning my recent CBC for an unrelated issue. All...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Straight, White, Worried, Jewish, Hetero, OCD Male,You "can't eat, sleep or . . . the other thing???" what might that be? Watch Seinfeld reruns?Listen TC, if I promise not to even attempt to be a straight, white, worried,... Read more »

CBC Test; normal after 4 yrs infected

Dr. Holodniy,A friend tested HIV+ 4 years ago. He has chosen to abstain from taking any medications (due to personal reasons). Recently, he took a CBC test and everything showed up as normal. Why is that? Shouldn't his WBC count be a little...
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
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Code of Ethics/CBC

Dr.Holodniy, Two questions regarding routine CBC testing, First, As a Doctor, What does a CBC tell you, can it be used at all to rule in OR out possible HIV infection? Also, is a doctor, or surgeon for that matter, obligated to tell his/her patient...
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
A CBC measures several things regarding blood counts. First it tells you how much hemoglobin/hematocrit (H/H, ability of your blood to carry oxygen) and red blood cells (RBC which contain the H/H) there are. Next it measures the platelet count.... Read more »

Still Confused about blood count interpretation

Dear Doctor,In your last response, you bascially said that the Lymphocytes during ARS usually decrease, and this decrease can me mild or within the lower normal limits or quite abnormal. My question, if one of your other types of blood cells...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The primary and most important predictor of complications from HIV is the lymphocyte count, specifically the T helper (CD4, T4) lymphocyte count. So that is what doctors focus on. Very low neutrophil counts present a danger of bacterial infection... Read more »
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Time between infection and the CBC to show low WBC and Lymphocytes numbers

Posted by CharlieTrotter, 1 Reply

I'm an individual that has frequented commercial sex workers over the past couple of years (in between girlfriends). Each and every time I have used a condom. The best of my knowledge, none of the condoms have ever broken.

In July I had a CBC,... Read more »

everything fits ARS to perfectly, including CBC

Posted by stefanklm, 2 Replies

I (male) am in south america atm and had 2 risk situations with 2 women (18.05.2012 and 23.06.2012), unprotected vaginal and oral intercourse.

on 10.07.2012 I suddenly felt tiredness and fatigue, at night I had light fever.
the next morning I... Read more »

ARS/HIV and CBC - ?????

Posted by Anonymous
I know that HIV test is needed to tell whether someone is really infected. However, my question is this. If somebody has what he thinks are symptoms of HIV due to a 2.5 month old exposure, would this have any bearing on his CBC (complete blood... Read more »

CBC indications?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I know that you cannot confirm or rule out HIV infection by a CBC alone. But would something on a CBC during seroconversion give you a hint of possible seroconversion? If so, what would that indicator be? Thanks for your help.

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