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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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My friend made me drink his urine and after few week I got a fever and after a full blood count doctors said that it might be a bacterial infection...i.assume my friend has hiv...im wo dering if I have a possibility of getting hiv?

My friend made me drink his urine and after few week I got a fever and after a full blood count doctors said that it might be a bacterial infection...i.assume my friend has hiv...im wo dering if I have a possibility of getting hiv?

Urine exposure: This doesn't sound pleasant - drinking someone else's urine. However, it shouldn't be a 'real risk' for HIV/AIDS. That comes from having sex with an infected person or shooting drugs. Unless you have more to the story, I don't think you would have contracted HIV from this incident. Also, it seems extremely unlike you got an infection from the urine either. Talk to an ID doc for more answers. ...Read more

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Does complete blood count can diagnose HIV?

Does complete blood count can diagnose HIV?

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 serum (blood) ...Read more

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Does CBC reveal if a person is infected with HIV or in a risk of HIV because of the blood count?

Does CBC reveal if a person is infected with HIV or in a risk of HIV because of the blood count?

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 will show a low lymphocyte count but this is non-specific. ...Read more

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What does a full blood count test?

What does a full blood count test?

Types of blood cells: A complete blood count (CBC) tests for three types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. It also give characteristics (size, etc) of some of these. It often includes a description of the white blood cells, called a differential. This can give additional information if the white blood cell count is high or low. ...Read more

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During a full blood count test can they determine if you have enough blood volume altogether?

During a full blood count test can they determine if you have enough blood volume altogether?

No: CBC provides information about hemoglobin and white blood cells etc but does not address blood volume. ...Read more

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Would a full blood count test show electrolyte imbalances? Or should I ask for a specific test?

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Would a full blood count test show electrolyte imbalances? Or should I ask for a specific test?

No, you need bmp/cmp: A complete blood count will show indices related to your white and red blood counts, as well as your platelets. It will not show any information related to the electrolytes; these are reflected in your basic or complete metabolic panel. ...Read more

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Does a full blood count test identify Sickle Cell Disease, or do you have to have a specific blood test to be diagnosed?

Does a full blood count test identify Sickle Cell Disease, or do you have to have a specific blood test to be diagnosed?

Why do you ask?: If the smear is viewed and reported, and the physician reads the full report, you'll be told whether you have sickle cell disease. The trait requires some special testing. Classic sickle cell disease is not subtle, but there are variant hemoglobins related to the classic disease that are more subtle, and may be missed until adulthood. Gene testing's best for these. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a full blood count test to prove that a person suffers with a kidney infection due to a blockage of a stone in the kidney?

How long does it take for a full blood count test to prove that a person suffers with a kidney infection due to a blockage of a stone in the kidney?

It can't: A blood count will not tell if you have a kidney infection or not. An elevated white blood cell count is associated with most bacterial infections anywhere in the body. To determine if you have a kidney infection from an obstructing stone you would need a urinalysis, urine c&s and a renal ultrasound. ...Read more

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I am 32 years african no symptoms my full blood count test always appears normal except a low neutrophill count of 1.22 average for 2yrs?

I am 32 years african no symptoms my full blood count test always appears normal except a low neutrophill count of 1.22 average for 2yrs?

It's you: Quite a few people of african descent simply run a low neutrophil count all the time. It seems to do no harm whatever. I suspect the reason is that their neutrophils stick a bit tighter to the blood vessel walls -- unlike red cells, neutrophils ordinarily stay put and only take short trips in the blood stream. ...Read more

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If a person is unable to attain an erection at all, would a full blood count indicate anything suspicious? What blood test would indicate an issue?

Not generally...: Blood count would not generally detect this issue, unless you have an undiagnosed new problem (such as too many red blood cells as in polycythemia vera). A better test would be to look at free and total testosterone and possibly prolactin levels. Of course, untreated hypertension and diabetes can also be causes of erectile dysfunction that are quite common. ...Read more

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I have chronic ab pains. My doc wanted a full blood count and ESR test, why?

See details: Probably signs of inflammation or anemia. These tests are not really that valuable. You need a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis and a GI consultation. ...Read more

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Can having a full blood count and imflamation blood test tell if there is any serious diseases like tumors or cancer?

Can having a full blood count and imflamation blood test tell if there is any serious diseases like tumors or cancer?

Usually not: Inflammatory markers are not specific which means anything can cause it like a cold or cancer. A blood count can hint at certain cancers like a leukemia or lymphoma. But it's not diagnostic. ...Read more

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If there was any inflammation in the penile region, would a enthrocyte sedimentation rate test or a full blood count show abnormality?

If there was any inflammation in the penile region, would a enthrocyte sedimentation rate test or a full blood count show abnormality?

Not necessarily: Minor inflammation of the prepuce may not produce any systemic effects. It would also depend on the etiology of infection. ...Read more

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Do I need to have a full blood count to test for iron/anemia/b12?

Do I need to have a full blood count to test for iron/anemia/b12?

Probably: If anemia is suspected after a consultation with your physician, it is probably a good idea to have a CBC (complete blood count) with differential as well as iron studies and b12/folate level testing. ...Read more

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I have to have a full blood count to test for iron/anemia/b12? What do I do?

I have to have a full blood count to test for iron/anemia/b12? What do I do?

Simple blood work: Nothing fancy. Those are just simple blood test. You don't have to be fasting or do anything special for that. ...Read more

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Hiv Test (Definition)

There are several ways to detect the HIV virus. The first is by antibodies. This includes eia (enzyme immuno assay). The rapid HIV tests are these types. The second way detects proteins on the viral coat (western blot). This is a gel plate electrophoresis. Thirdly there is pcr (polymerase chain reaction). This detects and amplifies dna allowing a viral ...Read more


Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more