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What Is Hiv Infected People's Blood Count

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

Table of Contents Lab Tests Are Important Tools The Basics Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Chemistry (Chemistry or Chem Screens) The Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary part of caring for your health. Ifyou are living with HIV (HIV+), lab tests are especially important tools thathelp you and your health care provider keep track of how you are doing in thefollowing areas: Immune...
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very low CD4 count just after one year from infection how?

Hi,writting from Serbia i was dignosed 2 weeks ago and i was infected last august.I did my first CD count today and its 68, my doctor put me on the HAART imiditaly. How can it be that my cd count is so low? How did the virus destroy my imune sys....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your post.I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis and low CD4 cell count. I am, however, happy to hear that you have access to good diagnostic testing (at least CD4 counts).While not common, some persons have rapid HIV disease... Read more »

HIV, Hep C, Syphilis, High Red Blood Count and Lumbar Puncture

I'm HIV undetectable on atripla, and Hep C undetectable so far thanks to a new HC trial treatment. Four months ago I tested negative for Syphilis and three weeks ago I tested positive, was told the syphilis RPR was 256, and was also told my red...
Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Lynn E. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Brown University
My recommendation would be to have the lumbar puncture. This is a safe procedure. The risks are none to small when done under sterile conditions by knowledgeable doctors, and the benefits potentially enormous; untreated neurosyphilis (syphilis... Read more »

Full blood count

Hi I was wondering, if a person was infected with HIV, and just had a normal full blood count, what could the results be from this and does a full blood count ever indicate infection, or not?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Many people with HIV infection have normal blood counts.... Read more »

Low White Blood Count

Dear Mark - aside from HIV and Cancer are there other infections that could cause a persons White Blood Count to be below the normal range for a long period of time, thus causing their absolute CD4 to be persistently low?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Persistently low unlikely. There is a syndrome call idiopathic CD4 depletion syndrome that is well recognized, but not associated with HIV-1 infection.... Read more »
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blood counts can indicate infection

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
As an old timer of this board having had ALL the ars symptoms and 20 negative HIV tests including PCR’s DNA bDNA I recently received the results from a blood count that shows my lymphocyte percentage which was 45 right at the top of the... Read more »

WHITE BLOOD CELLS COUNT

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
if u are infected with hiv does this show up in wbc counts? and does a normal blood test ever suggest a hiv test should be taken>? Read more »

Low WBC from a Complete Blood Count...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I had a Complete Blood Count done for a regular physical exam. The results freaked me out, I have a low White Blood Count of 3.8 out of the lab norm of 4.5-11.0. My Neutrophils percentage was 39.3% with the lab norm of 50-70%. My lymphocyte... Read more »

Low White Blood Cell count

Posted by adlers, 1 Reply
Hi,
I recently had a Full Blood Count taken as routine as i have had bad stomach aches etc recently. When they returned they showed a low white blood cell count. The blood was taken about a week after a very drunken incident with a guy. We had sex... Read more »