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Ways To Treat Anemia

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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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At what point should mild anemia be treated

I know you have answered a lot of questions about mild anemia, but I am still having a little difficulty with 1. my doctors even discussing anemia, and 2. consistency in advise from various sources (NIH, NHHS, AMA, and Johns Hopkins as well as other...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Michael,Let me try to address your major concerns:1. In HIVers, anemia is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In addition, it dramatically influences quality of life, particularly because of its contribution to fatigue.... Read more »

When do you treat Anemia?

I have been on Combivir and Sustiva for one year, since I found out that I was positive. Since then my viral load has gone from 216,000 to undetectable and my CD4 level from 304 to 440. My primary care Dr. is concerned about Anemia because of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,First, the good news: Your current anti-HIV regimen seems to be working well to control your virus (viral load 216,000 down to undetectable) and allowing your immune system to recover (CD4 304 up to 440). The problem is now you are experiencing... Read more »

best anemia treatment

Hey Dr. Bob,You were right!!! I was low on hemoglobin. My doc who is nice enough but kinda way to busy told me if I wanted to treat it he would prescribe steroids. I told him I wanted to try the injectable stuff you talked about at your lecture...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey X, I love it when the X-men write in. Now, let me get this straight: The "nice-enough-but-kinda-way-too-busy" doc graciously told you he would treat your anemia "if you wanted" with steroids rather than Procrit, because it... Read more »

When to treat anemia

At what level should anemia be treated? I'm a little tired but not too bad. Should I still ask for treatment?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
There is no magic number at which treatment should start. There is no magic number at which treatment should start. The best thing to do is check your hemoglobin. If it's below the normal range you should attempt to find out why. If it's... Read more »
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