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LOW WHITE BLOOD CELLS COUNT

Question: 

I once had symptoms of malaria and went to the lab for testing. The results indicated that I was malaria negative but my WBC count was low. I was advised to start using Septrine since the low WBC count could have made me a possible HIV positive person. I complied but also kept doing HIV tests at intervals of 3 months - and all the four tests I did were negative. I only stopped testing for HIV after another lab technician advised me to stop and also never to use septrine since I was HIV free. what is suprising me todate is a fact that after one year, my white blood cells are still low. what can I do? I am still worried.

Answer: 

Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions. We're happy to help!

Unfortunately, we're only volunteers here at AV and not doctors, so there's not much I will be able to help you with! HIV testing is the only way to be certain about your HIV status, so great job taking the initiative to go and get tested. All HIV tests are considered conclusive after 3 months, so you're definitely indeed HIV negative.

That being said, there are many other factors that could be at play for a low white blood cell count. I would advise you to continue partnering with your doctor and health care professionals to determine the cause/solution for this problem, as it's definitely not HIV related.

I hope this helped, and good luck!

Sincerely,

Christina

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