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What Is Anemia?

Anemia is a condition in which the body produces a lower than normal number of red blood cells. These cells are important because they contain hemoglobin, a substance that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. When you are anemic, because you have lower levels of hemoglobin, less oxygen is able to reach your muscles and organs. For some patients, having anemia may increase the chance of needing a blood transfusion.

One cause of anemia in people with HIV is the use of certain treatments, such as zidovudine, also known as AZT.

Talk to your doctor to determine if you could be anemic. Only your doctor can determine if you have anemia and decide the course of treatment that is right for you.