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It has a lot to do with health anxiety after blood work showed anemia but I’m scared I have HIV. I haven’t had sex in 5 years and the risky sex was 10-15 years ago but the anemia has thrown me for a loop and I’m scared the HIV caused the anemia. My white count was really high and my platelets were elevated. I’ve read it would be opposite in HIV. I don’t have sores or bruising but I do and have had diarrhea and loose stools for years. I’ve always assumed irritable bowel. I’ve given blood recently ( 3 weeks ago) and 3 months before that and haven’t received anything from One Blood so I should be more reassured but I’m not. I know I should just get a test and find out and knock out the worry but does it should like it could be HIV. I’m really scared.

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    Also I’d been dieting and losing weight and appetite was fine but since the anemia report, losing or barely maintaining weight , and no real appetite and full sooner than usual. I’m a overweight woman so eating was never a problem 
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    If you contracted HIV 5 years ago you would be one of the lucky few to be a healthy HIV carrier with a natural immunity , because AIDS would kill you in the first 2 years probably.

    So look into other conditions for your testing

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    Wendy,

    No reason to be scared and I would not jump to conclusions on this. Anemia can be caused by many things, including iron and vitamin deficiencies (folate and B-12) in the body. This is where I would start. Is it possible that your gastrointestinal issues are causing a vitamin deficiency? Seems logical to me.

    An elevated white blood cell count isn't a specific disease, but it can indicate another problem, such as infection, stress, inflammation, trauma, allergy, or certain diseases.

    This really does not sound like a HIV case and typically you would have been so sick a number of years ago that you would know by now (as pattino somewhat pointed out).

    If you are seriously concerned about it, take a 4th gen antigen / antibody test from blood drawn from a vein. It is the newest and statistically the most accurate test.

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