C-reactive protein production in HIV

Question

Apparently my c reactive protien levels are quite elavated! What does this mean? Is it bad and if so how do I lower it?? I am on Sustiva,ziagen,reyataz and retinovir. My cd4 are 900-1300 I am in reasonable health although my energy levels are lower than i would like. I also have some depression and anxiety...is this related to high ck levels?

thanks!

Answer

You don't indicate what the elevated level is, or why the test was ordered in the first place. C-reactive protein is a very nonspecific marker of inflammation. It can be increased with infections, drug reactions, heart problems, among many others. Lowering it would require knowing why it might be elevated.