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Strange Labs and A thank You
May 10, 2001

Thanks Dr.Cohen for answering my strange Labs question. One thing i forgot to mention was i noticed an Antibody Screening on my bloodwork <negative> could that possibly have been an HIV antibody screen in light of the very Low Lymph on the CBC, or, do they run Antibody screenings as a routine part of a "major" surgical procedure?

Response from Dr. Cohen

Well - there are many antibodies that are checked in medicine. But if you live in the US - getting an HIV antibody is not considered routine - meaning to do the test you are asked to sign a consent form explicitly requesting one. So it seems unlikely that this antibody test was HIV -we more commonly check antibodies to things like Hepatitis A and B and C, and other viruses for example.

Sounds like you're still guessing.... and don't know yet. And need to know it seems. So find out. OK?



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