My first doctor visit after testing positive
Aug 1, 2009
I tested positive 2 weeks ago and have an apt. with my internist coming up. Likely infected 12/08. From what I observed in his waiting room on past visits I doubt his patient demographics include many HIV+ folks. What do I want to make sure he tests for other than CD4 count/ratio and viral load? I'm guessing after the initial blood work I will find an HIV specilaist but I want to make sure we expedite things so the specialist has all appropriate info to form a management plan. Thanks so much.
Response from Dr. Frascino
I would recommend the following baseline tests:
1. Complete blood count (CBC)
2. Comprehensive chemistry panel
3. Hepatitis screening for A, B and C
5. Tuberculosis skin test
6. Toxoplasma IgG antibody
7. Pap smear for women
8. Fasting glucose and lipid panel
9. T-cell subsets (CD4, CD4%, CD8, CD4:CD8 ratio)
10. HIV plasma viral load (PCR)
11. Resistance test : genotype.
Your HIV specialist will then do supplemental testing as indicated.
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