CBC (Complete Blood Count)

Question

Dear Doc,

Since we don't have facilties to conduct CD4 counts here in our place... I'm wondering if CBC (Complete Blood Count) could be of any help in "at least" determining the status of a a risky person.

What are the figures which are useful in making analysis? At what level of white blood cells which could compare from normal to an hiv infected? what are the other imp't. things that should be look in to the blood during CBC test?

Hope for your kind reply the soonest. Thank you.

Answer

The CBC holds clues to the possibility of HIV infection, but none are absolutely diagnostic. HIV+ people usually have leukopenia, with both neutropenia and lymphopenia. Often they are anemic, and a small proportion have thrombocytopenia. Unfortunately these same abnormalities can be seen in many other conditions.