White Blood Cell Count Acute Hiv Infection

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Treating AcuteHIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is AcuteHIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acuteHIV infection" or "primary HIV infection." About half of the people who get infected don't notice anything. Symptoms generally occur within 2 to 4 weeks. The most common symptoms are...
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White Blood Cells during primary HIV infection

I am confused about this whole white blood cell thing. There are doctors who believe that during acute retroviral syndrome/primary HIV infections that white blood cell and lymphs are low, and others say that they would be high, which is true??
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...what happens to white cells during the acute retroviral syndroma/primary HIV infection. In general, in viral infections, the white blood cell count typically does go down; this is in contrast to bacterial infections, in which the white cells... Read more »

GOOD NEWS... but still got one more month

hey dr.bob, its me the high school kid who hooked up with the online CREEPO.. ill just say my name is billy... which its not but i guess that can be my online alias or whatever.. anyway. as you know i got the rapid test at 36 days and it came back...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Billy,I combined several of your recent posts. To briefly respond to your many questions:1.The vast majority of HIV-positive folks will have detectable levels of anti-HIV antibodies in their blood within six to eight weeks. However, HIV-antibody... Read more »

lymphocyte count depression in acute HIV

dear dr. feinberg,in several of your responses you have said in in primary hiv infection count of lypmhpocytes goes down whileneutrophil and sed rate goes up. now the question is whenyou mean 'going up or down' does it mean USUALLY that thecount...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...Let me clarify that I never said that the white blood cell count or sed rate go up in acute HIV, just that the lymphocyte count goes down. This can be near the lower limit of normal or can Read more »

i have a low wbc

i have been ill recently with a virus - left me low - have had fevers etc and dr gave me a blood test - came back low white blood cell count which they want me to see an immunologist about. im gay so first thing i thought was - the worst altho ive...
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego
...Low WBC is caused by many viral infections besides HIV.Low WBC can be seen with both the acute and chronic HIV infections.Do the test to be sure, because of your possible risk factor. Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...vaccination directly prevent pathogen-specific morbidity and mortality, they might also contribute to reduced rate of progression of HIV disease. For instance, randomized trials using trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) have documented that... Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

... Absolute CD4 cell counts are calculated values that may fluctuate widely. The calculation is made by multiplying the total white blood cell count (in thousands) by the percentage of total lymphocytes and then by the percentage of CD4... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and HIV Medicine Association/Infectious Diseases Society of America

Treating Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...infiltrate should guide the diagnostic evaluation for bacterial pneumonia. At a minimum, a chest radiograph, blood cultures, a white blood cell count and, if available, a Gram's stain and culture of an adequate expectorated sputum sample, should... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration

...healthy immune system, there is a full range of CD4 cells (T-cells, see Fact Sheet 124 ) that can fight different diseases. As HIV disease progresses, the number of CD4 cells drops. The first CD4 cells that HIV attacks are the ones that... Read more »
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