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Low Red Blood Cell Count And Hiv

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low red blood cell count

I recently had an hiv test done 7 months after exposure and they also did a complete blood test. My hiv test was negative but my red blood cell count was low. I have read that this could be a sign of hiv. Would you suggest I retest or would 7 month...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,A negative HIV test seven months after a possible exposure means you are HIV negative. A low red blood cell count means you are anemic. Even though some people with HIV/AIDS are anemic, these are two very distinct conditions. The vast... Read more »

Low Red blood cells count...

During a routine blood test -- during a yearly physical -- my husband was told he had anemia (low... Read more »

How do transfusions affect CD4 count, and anemia

? My dad's getting constant transfusions for anemia and to raise his T cell count, but Dr.... Read more »
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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 »
AIDS InfoNet

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 »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

...pill taken twice daily. These drugs have some serious side effects, including flu-like symptoms, irritability, depression, and low red blood cell counts (anemia) or white blood cell counts. Talk with your health care provider about how to deal... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Retrovir

...(AZT) has been associated with alteration of various cells in the blood through bone marrow suppression, resulting in anemia (low red blood cell counts) and/or neutropenia (low white blood cell counts), particularly during the first three months... Read more »
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Just married, could this be HIV?

Posted by peezy, 3 Replies
...next five days. On the fifth day, I went to an urgent care physician and described my concern. He ran bloodwork, including an HIV test. In about twenty minutes he came back with a negative result & mentioned that he saw "no traces" of HIV in... Read more »

Unusual case. Ongoing Low CD4 - HIV possible?

Posted by Tryin2BRational, 4 Replies
...exposure in March 2006(unprotected vaginal sex) with a female of unknown status. I contacted her and she told me she did not have HIV, but I doubted her veracity (I had two consectutive rounds of exudative tonsillitis and fever starting about... Read more »

bloodwork

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...and suggested that since my nodes have persisted that I see a Hematologist. My question is this........is it possible to have HIV and still have normal bloodwork results from a CBC and CMP test? Read more »

Sister on her way out!!

Posted by soanxious, 2 Replies
...symptoms besides HIV. I had all of my blood work done, Hepatitis A,B & C you name it and the only thing they found was a really low red blood cell count. Which obviously took me over the edge. I've always been quite healthy and now my blood count... Read more »