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How Do You Know If You Have Anemia

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These approaches might not work. It may not be possible to stop using all medications that cause anemia. Two additional treatments are injections of EPO and transfusions. EPO (erythropoietin) stimulates the production of red blood cells. In 1985, scientists learned how to make synthetic EPO. It is injected under the skin, usually once a week. The most common brand of EPO is Procrit. In 2011 the FDA warned that using Procrit can increase the...
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Anemia induced AZT

I want to know, which type of anemia is induced by AZT?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
AZT (zidovudine) most often induces a macrocytic anemia due to bone marrow function suppression though many patients do not develop clinically significant level of anemia. KH... Read more »

Types of Anemia

I have been anemic since a young age. I was treated then as having iron deficiency anemia. My question is, how does one know what kind of anemia one has if no further tests are run, just that my red blood counts are always low?Thank YouCathy ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Cathy,Well perhaps the tests were run when you were "a young age." If not, you are correct. Even the "psychic hot line" can't tell the cause of your anemia without doing the appropriate tests. Talk to your doctor. S/he... Read more »


How will I know what to eat if I feel I have Anemia all the time...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

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

San Francisco General Hospital
HelloThe first thing you should do to determine if you have anemia, is obtain a blod test from your doctor called a CBC (complete blood count). There are several different kinds of anemia, (iron defficiency, B-12 deficiency, hidden bleeding,... Read more »

Severe anemia HIV positive

I was sent to the hospital for severe anemia and they find out that I was Hiv positivem I havent get the results from the viral test yet, Do you think what I have is aids if it is like that how long can I live?...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
At this point, the only thing we know is that you are HIV positive. The anemia may or may not be related to the HIV. The diagnosis of AIDS is based upon your CD4 count and whether you have any of the AIDS-defining illnesses. If you have an... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know what is the typical symptoms for anemia? I recently experienced bruises easily which had never happened to me before. I was a very healthy person and bruise or cuts on me got healed very quickly. People told me that low red blood... Read more »

C'mon Trip we NEED TO KNOW!!!

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Do anybody know about this?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi guys,
Due to miscommunication between the doc and the Quest test center, an EIA antibody test was not done until the 8th day after my blood was drawn - Is the result relialbe?
Thank you much.

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Labcorp Testing - Anyone know this anwer?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
What is EIA methodology? I called to see "which" HIV antibody test is performed in their labs, and that was her answer. Not ELISA, and they don't check for HIV2. I am concerned. Someone please clarify for me, because I'm not so sure she had... Read more »