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Chemistry Of Hiv Medication

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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

Table of Contents Lab Tests Are Important Tools The Basics Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Chemistry (Chemistry or Chem Screens) The Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary part of caring for your health. Ifyou are living with HIV (HIV+), lab tests are especially important tools thathelp you and your health care provider keep track of how you are doing in thefollowing areas: Immune...
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Blood Chemistry

Dear Doctor, Can you explain my question based on previous HIV history. If a person has normal Globulin ratio, Lymphocytes and Sedimentation rates , which normally indicates the possibility of any infection, Is there a possibility of HIV infection....
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. Lab tests like Globulin levels, Lymphocytecounts, Sedimentation rates etc. CANNOT be used to diagnose HIV, nor any onedisease specifically. These are all general tests, and their primary use isto give a physician... Read more »

Changes in Body Chemistry/Diet

I have been HIV+ for the past 14 years, on meds (epivir, zerit and viramune) for the past 6, all of which I have remained asymptomatic. Over the last two years, however, I've noticed dramatic changes in my body chemistry and my body's...
Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California Berkeley & San Francisco
Your story is a little unusual. Some people with HIV infection have changes in their bowel pattern or sensitivity to foods; the intestinal tract seems to be sensitized in general. These kinds of symptoms were much more common in the old days, before... Read more »

Blood chemistry

Dear Dr.Could you please walk me through what changes in blood chemistry one would see in the progression of HIV? Do the wbc's climb during seroconversion, then drop off?How far into hiv would one begin to see a drop in wbc's?...
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
The course of WBC's can vary from patient to patient. Usually WBC's are low from an early point in HIV infection; however, I would caution you that total WBC count is nowhere near as useful in following patients as a CD4 count or RNA... Read more »

Blood Chemistry and Hematology

My problem began about three weeks ago. I came down with a cold and an upper respiratory infection. I was on ananti-biotic for 10 days, and the problem disappeared. The symptoms showed up again a week later, but more violently. Iswitched...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
A high white blood cell count is common when you have an acute infection. Sometimes the percentage of lymphocytes can be low because you develop a predominance of neutrophils (a different kind of white blood cell) in response to the infection, so... Read more »
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I have been friends with a guy for over two years now. There has always been chemistry but, I enjoy him so much that I didn't want to change anything about our friendship. This September, I told him I was in love with him from the first moment I... Read more »

HIV Medications

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Does anyone have to pay (cash) for their HIV medications? If so I need some advice. I'm taking Truvada, Reyataz & Norvir. Read more »

Medication affecting HIV test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Where can I find out information about medication affecting results of HIV test? I was on antifungal when I took my test & worried about false negative.

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Medications and HIV Test

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Hey guys quick question does anyone know if Lithum, Seraquil, Ambien Effect a Hiv test I tested neg at 2 mths. Im not a worry well i just wanted to ask this early on but forgot thanks!! Read more »