Need to ask Doc the right questions
Jul 16, 1997
I've had the good fortune to be in the 1%-2% of HIV+ individuals -- a long-term nonprogressor (VL<2000, CD4 above 1,300, exposure 14+ years, no drug therapy). I've just left a research program -- and I must now find a clinical medical doctor locally. While I'm hoping it may be quite a while yet before I begin to have most of the difficulties associated with immune dysfunction (right now, I am told my system is absolutely intact, with memories of tetanus shot 20 years ago) -- I suspect I am at risk for lymphomas and other damage the virus may have been doing. I also need to take preventative measures in my own hands, be on the look out for imbalances and warning signs. So far I've not been able to find a doctor willing to do anything with me, other then VL and CD4 tests, but being in the rurals, I suspect the doctors I've talked with don't understand. Can you give me the names of the actual tests I should be receiving now? I know there is a basic blood chemistry test and perhaps a basic body chemistry test, but I don't know the names of these. I am especially interested in the name for the tests for lymphomas, as not only I am at risk due to free radical damage of HIV aggression, both my parents died early of lymphomas. I need this information, so in my search for my long-term medical doctor, I can make an agreement with him/her that these tests *will* be done, before I accept medical care by him/her over the long haul.
Response from Dr. Cohen
For a detailed discussion of the sorts of tests that are usually recommended for people with HIV, I would refer you to an article I wrote on that subject for another Web site, HealthCare Communications Group (http://www.healthcg.com/). The article is entitled "The Seropositive Patient: The Initial Encounter," (http://www.healthcg.com/seropositive/default.htm). It is written for clinicians, but you may still find it helpful.
There is no routine test for lymphoma.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Are Itchy Red Spots A Sign Of HIV?
- Can You Be Born With Std?
- Does Metronidazole Treat Chlamydia?
- How Do I Speed Up Recovery Of Genital Herpes?
- How Long Do You Have To Wait To Have Sex After Using Premarin Vaginal Cream?
- Is It Possible To Have Sores On You Private Part Without It Being An Std?
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.