If You Have Hiv What Does Your White Blood Cells Do

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Hiv+ & White blood cells

dear Doc, i'm female, 34yrs. been hiv+ for 3yrs. 2 WB's. see my Doc every 3mths. cd4 617-939. viral load been undetectable all thru. no meds, hep A,B,C negative. healthy. been with my hubby 4.5yrs. b4 i tested poz, we had 1.5yrs of unprotected sex....
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
...Yes, you could have been infected over 6 years ago. And yes, your WBC is mildly decreased, but is of no clinical significance. Your CD8 cells or cytotoxic/suppressor t cells are increased and is Read more »

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