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Frequently Asked Questions – HIV Treatments and Anemia

Q. How common is anemia among HIV patients?

A. According to a study in the United States with nearly 10,000 HIV patients, anemia is more common in women than men. The study also showed that it is more common among African Americans compared with others; in the study, the incidence of anemia among HIV-infected persons ranged from 12% for white men to 39% for African American women.

Q. What is a CBC test?

A. CBC, or Complete Blood Count, is a lab test that reports the overall health of blood. A number of things are evaluated, such as the number of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Hemoglobin, hematocrit, and additional values are also evaluated.