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does hiv affect blood count

A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
It is possible: Unfortunately there is no cure for HIV yet, but better treatments available today allow people to live longer. Depending on the severity of your infec ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Agree with Dr.N: If you have any doubt, get tested for HIV. HIV is a treatable infection. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have sa ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: A blood count is not meant to diagnose hiv.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: Which blood count are you referring to. Generally the standard complete blood count may remain normal for years after being infected but the special ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
Not by itself: CBC may give you clues (like low lymphocyte count) but definitive dx of HIV infection requires identifying the virus (or antibodies to it) in the ser ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Nothing good: An untreated HIV or AIDs patient runs a high risk for serious infections and malignancies.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience Family Medicine
No: There are many possible causes of a low white blood count besides hiv. If you are worried, get tested. It's better to know and be treated than not kn ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Possible: Normal CBC does not rule out HIV. If you could have been exposed, get tested specifically for HIV and if the result is negative/normal, repeat the tes ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes!: The HIV antibodies will remain present as long as you are alive, so yes, if you are infected, the blood test will detect it.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No-CBC not the : Proper test for hiv. A complete blood cell count with or without a differential will not diagnose hiv.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Not really: A CBC will not show whether or not a person is infected with hiv. The HIV antibody or the HIV viral load test will do this. In advanced aids the CBC ... Read More

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