|What labs to track?
Aug 19, 2002
What labs to track?
Since my infection in 1999 my doctor has always given me a copy of my lab results and is very good about explaining anything that is out of normal range, or telling me if something has markedly changed since my pervious visits.
And since 1999 I have entered my viral load, t-cells and weight on an Excel spreadsheet and then graph the results for each. It has been very interesting (and encouraging) to see the viral load drop to undetectable and the t-cells make a slow climb up to the high 400s. Are there other labs that are significant or might be helpful for me to follow in this manner too?
Thanks for your help.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The answer depends on how obsessive you want to be or whether you have any other medical illnesses that need routine monitoring (e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol etc). In our clinic, we draw a fair number of routine labs on a quarterly basis. These would include blood counts, lipid panels, liver panels, etc. If everything is OK in you, it is probably not important to be tracking or obsessing about normal labs. There is probably not any other important HIV specific labs to follow.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Dry Cough After Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Flu Symptoms After Getting A Tattoo Worried I Have HIV
- Painful Ejaculation After Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- Sore On Penis After Rubbing Vagina Worried I Have HIV
- White Bumps After Sucking Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Can Trichomoniasis Cause Red Bumps In Genital Area?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.