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If I was infected with HIV, would my CBC be normal I know ...

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If I was infected with HIV, would my CBC be normal? I know a CBC doesn't test for the HIV infection, but could the presence of the infection disturb white/red cell count or at least raise a red flag for more testing?

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CBC checks for 3 types of cells, these are - red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. WBC count get decreased in HIV infection it is called as leukopenia.A person who is infected with hiv will result in low rbc count called as anemia. Platelets also get decreased in persons suffering from hiv and called as thrombocytopenia.So if you have a hiv infection, then all these counts will be less.

 

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I disagree with the answer above.

A person with HIV can and most do have normal CBC levels. In fact the numbers can be low, normal, or high, so this test by itself cannot suggest any diagnosis, nor should you expect HIV patients to always have low numbers.

For more details:
http://www.aidsinfonet.org/factsheet_detail.php?fsnumber=121