Iron And Anemia With Hiv

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The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...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 that uses iron to carry oxygen. It is found in RBCs and gives blood its red color. HGB carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. If you have anemia, your body doesn't get enough blood that carries oxygen. Anemia can...
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Can anemia or fatigue cause a false postive HIV test??

Hi Dr.Frascino,I had an exposure that is extremely low risk, or even non-existant. I called an HIV/Aids line and they told me it is not even worth worring about, however I will go and get a test at 3 months, but I was wondering if having anemia or...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi Julie,Neither anemia nor a low iron count would affect HIV test results.Good luck.Dr. Bob Read more »

Iron Anemia

Mr. Molaghan,Are the signs or symptoms of iron deficient anemia different from HIV related anemia? If so what are the symptoms of iron deficient anemia? Also what are the symptoms related to vitamin B-12 deficiency? Sorry to hit you with 3...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

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

San Francisco General Hospital
...vary with the degree and rate of red blood cell depletion. Individuals with mild anemia may have no symptoms. The symptoms of iron deficiency anemia, B-12 deficiency, and HIV related anemia are similar, unless the source of the iron deficiency is... Read more »

anemia and transexual hormones

I have a friend who is a transexual, about one year into her hormone transition. I don't know the names of her medications either for the transition (I do know that one of them is a testosterone "killer") or the meds she is taking for her HIV, (...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV meds to HIV itself. Once the cause is identified, the proper treatment can be given. It could be something as simple as iron deficiency, which requires only iron supplementation. Or, it could be more complicated. She could have anemia related... Read more »

HIV, Thalassemia and anemia

OK, master of anemia, I need some extra advice on what to do. I am 42, been hiv+ almost 20yrs, do not take antivirals (nor have I). I have thalassemia, and most of my adult life, my Hgb was usually 13.5-13.9. Over the last two years, my Hgb has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...obviously must have one of the very mild varieties. Both alpha thalassemia minor and beta thalassemia minor can be confused with iron-deficiency anemia. Serum ferritin levels and other more sophisticated tests can distinguish the conditions.... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...than people in other ethnic groups. What Causes Anemia? The bone marrow produces red blood cells. This process requires iron, the vitamins B 12 and folic acid (or folate). Erythropoietin (EPO) stimulates the production of red blood cells.... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...volume (size) of individual red blood cells. A low MCV means that the cells are smaller than normal. This is usually caused by an iron deficiency or chronic disease. A high MCV can be caused by HIV medications. This is not dangerous. However, a... Read more »
The Body PRO

Greater Prevalence of Anemia in Women and African Americans With HIV/AIDS in the HAART Era: A Study of 10,000 Patients

...and providers must be aware of the prevalence of anemia in women, especially African-American women. Treatable causes such as iron deficiency should be corrected. However, it is not clear whether this means different types of HAART might be more... Read more »
The Body PRO

Mild to Moderate Anemia Remains Common in HIV Patients defined as a reduction below normal levels in the number of circulating red blood cells or the quantity of hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein within red blood cells. Since the earliest days of the epidemic, anemia has been recognized as an... Read more »
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