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Is A High White Blood Cell Count An Indicator Of Hiv

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HIV symptoms

I became very ill last August. My symptoms included chronic vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, cold night sweats, and extreme fatigue. I went to the hospital and they tested me for mono and strep throat and both came back...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...A very high white blood cell count in adults is usually indicative of a bacterial infection, but NOT of HIV infection. Read more »

high white blood cell count, no HIV?

i recently went to the ER with lower back pains and abdominal pains and my period was 2 1/2 months... Read more »

white blood cells please please help

I recently got discharged from hospital, due to another injury my blood test came back with some... Read more »
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Complete Blood Count (CBC)

...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 high MCV can indicate megaloblastic anemia, where red blood cells are... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...help you and your health care provider keep track ofhow you are doing in the following areas: Immune System Status How HIV is affecting your immune system If you need to start or switch HIV drugs Example of lab test: CD4 cell... Read more »
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CD4 Cell Tests

...CD4 Test? What Factors Influence a CD4 Cell Count? How Are the Test Results Reported? What Do the Numbers Mean? "Non-AIDS" Illness and Death The Bottom Line What Are CD4 Cells? CD4 cells are a type of lymphocyte (white blood... Read more »
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Acute HIV Infection

... What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Read more »
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White Blood Count Question

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...standard blood workup from the doctor and they say your white blood cell count is elevated would that correspond to a recent HIV exposure? I was not sure if an HIV exposure would cause a decreae in white blood cells or an increase. I realize... Read more »

CD4+Tcell count indicative of nothing.

Posted by TonyF, 4 Replies
This, rather than being a myth the public promotes, could be considered a myth that the medical establishment promotes. We are led to believe that our bi-yearly doctor checkup of our CD4+Tcell count is a good baseline determination of where we... Read more »

the virus

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...pain, I did have night sweats, severe sore thoat, rash, thrush, fever, just about everything that is listed as a symptom to HIV and it was NOT the flu.. I have taken 5 tests total.. Now after my 6month negative test, I find myself concerned w/... Read more »

Low WBC from a Complete Blood Count...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...with the lab norm of 50-70%. My lymphocyte percentage was 50% with the lab norm of 20-40%. It has been 1 year since my last HIV exam (which was negative-I have been tested once a year for the past 6 years.) I took an HIV exam the day before I... Read more »