Anonymous
I went to the ER after not feeling well from a high risk exposure and I'm anemic, they told me my iron was really low and I remember him saying my white blood cell count was low too and I just read that low white blood cell count happens in people who are recently hiv infected. I had a 3 month negative result but now I'm thinking something is wrong with my blood or white blood cell count or something along those lines that made it a false negative result because I still don't feel well and it's going on 4 months past possible exposure, extremely stressed and worried. Thanks for your help
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Anonymous
Hello there. Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum.

It sounds like you are distressed about your test results. You took great initiative for your health by visiting the ER after a high risk exposure.

I am not sure where you have read that low white blood cell count happens in people recently infected with HIV. The important thing to know about HIV testing is that , it counts for specific antibodies in the blood, not the white blood cell count.

Also taking a test after three months of being exposed is considered conclusive (most likely accurate).

In addition it would be good for you to know that there are only four possible situations where your test results would have a chance of being false:

1. If you are on treatment for Hep C


2. If you are being treated for cancer (chemotherapy)


3. If you are on P.E.P. treatment for HIV


4. If you have been diagnosed with other immunodeficiency diseases

I suggest you partner with your doctor to ask questions about your white blood cell count. Also feel free to visit our website for more information on testing. If you also live in the BC area, you can call our helpline.

I hope I was able to bring some comfort to you! Hopefully this information was clear and useful to you.

Jasmine (Volunteer)

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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