Hepititis C and T-Cell Count?

Question

Will Hep. C lower your T-Cell count? A family member of mine recently tested positive for hep. C. The doctor also told her that her white and red blood cells were down. Is this sysematic with Hep. C? Should she also take an HIV test. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

Answer

Hepatitis C can depress total white blood cell counts. As for anemia, I would wonder about a different cause - the physician will have to work that up.

Dr. McG