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Iron And Anemia With Hiv

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Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents What Is Anemia? What Causes Anemia? Anemia and HIV Women and Anemia Diagnosis and Treatment Taking Care of Yourself What Is Anemia? Anemia is a medical condition that occurs when youhave a lower than normal amount of red blood cells (RBCs) in your body. It canalso happen if your hemoglobin (HGB) level is below normal. HGB is a proteinthat uses iron to carry oxygen. It is found in RBCs and gives blood its...
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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
HelloThe symptoms of anemia 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... Read more »

Anemia and Iron

Dr. Frascino, I'm a 50 year old male and was diagnosed with HIV in 1992. I have been on most HIV meds throughout my HIV career, presently on tm-015, tmc114, tmc125 with truvada and ritonavir. My CD4 is 120 and vl <50. I am anemic with RBC...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Bruce,Sure, you should ask your doctor for a thorough evaluation and treatment plan for your anemia. Anemia in the setting of HIV disease is often multifactorial. No doubt iron deficiency is playing a role, but you may well have other... Read more »

Iron supplement for anemia

I was diagnosed HIV positive approx. 2 yrs ago. I take combivir and viramune. I have been undetectable since 8 weeks on the meds and t-cells range from 500 - 800. I have also been borderline anemic most of this time. My doctor has indicated the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Keith,Check your lab slips to see exactly what your doctor means by "borderline anemia." It might also be worthwhile checking some of your previous lab reports over the past 2 years that you've been on antiretroviral therapy.... Read more »

iron deficiency anemia and fatigue

Hi Dr.F.I heard you speak in San Diego last year. Thank you for sharing your story with us and giving us useful honest information. Your talk was by far the best (and most entertaining) we've had. We are all hoping you will come back soon. My...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello B,I'm impressed you were taking such detailed notes during my talk! Here's the scoop on serum iron as it relates to iron deficiency anemia vs. anemia of chronic disease. This gets a bit technical and even doctors sometimes have... Read more »
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anemia and hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i read on an anemia website that people with hiv/aids tend to get anemia easily.
is it possible to get anemia from hiv 5 months after exposure/contracting hiv ?
or is this something that only develops in later stages of aids ? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
can some1 recently infected devlope anemia? does 1 get this early during hiv or is it later in the disease?

Basically, is it possible to devlope anemia less then a year after infection? Read more »


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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
over the last year i had some unsafe sexual acts,my question is ive had this tongue problem for a while and was wondering ive heard b12 deficiency is a sign of hiv infection, is this true?ive had a cbc test done and all was in normal range, just... Read more »