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Detecting Hiv In Blood Lab Results

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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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HIV detection from routine labs?

I'm not quite sure if this should be adressed here but i have a question about HIV detection. I have my HgA1c tested every 3 months for type 1 diabetes and i am curious if my doctor could be informed by this test or a thyroid level test, if i...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Those tests cannot determine HIV status. HIV specific testing must be performed.... Read more »

HBV DNA Result Detectable or Not Detectable?

Hello, Dr. Holodniy:Diagnosed two years ago as Inactive Hep B Carrier. Yesterday, got my lab results, and my doctor seems very pleased.I've never really understood what the test results mean (very complicated Virus to understand). But, my...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
You don't indicate what previous tests or results were obtained to indicate that you had been a carrier. It is hard to interpret that status from the lab tests presented. If the surface antigen is positive than you are still likely to be a... Read more »

High antibodies detected during blood donation. Please help me on this question. Urgent.!

Hi Dr Wohl,Good day to you. i am 30 yrs old male from Malaysia. I posted this same question few days ago however there is no reply and i am really hoping that you are able to clarify this question and clear my doubts. Appreciate your time and help...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
This is indeed strange and I can not explain what happened at the blood donation center. It may well be there was a false positive test at the blood center or they mixed up your results. Of all the testing you had done it appears that the blood... Read more »

Viral Load Results (HIV-1 RNA was not detected in this sample)

Dear Dr. Holodniy: I am confused by my most recent viral load results. In the past, they have usually said something like "HIV-1 RNA was detected in this sample at a level <50 copies/mL" but the results this time say "HIV-1 RNA was...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Well they appear to be getting away with stating that the viral load is zero when the FDA approved lower limit of detection is 40 copies/mL. It is possible to extrapolate results below 40 copies and come up with a number. It is extremely difficult... Read more »
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Ex-Lab Worker Questions HIV Test Results

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Ex-Lab Worker Questions HIV Test Results

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press writer

BALTIMORE - Thousands of patients could have received questionable HIV (news - web sites) test results not just hundreds, as hospital officials have suggested,... Read more »

my first lab results

Posted by bluewindow, 3 Replies
hello all. i got my first lab results yesterday and i would like to share them with you.

CD4: 640
VL: undetectable.

I ve been infected sometime between Nov 2007 and July 2008. i believe i am hiv pos for at least 4 months. I did another blood test... Read more »

Just got recent lab results

Posted by thevillebear, 5 Replies
Hi everyone haven't been here for a while, hope all are doing well.
Just got my recent lab results, my viral load has gone to 150,000 while my CD4 count has stood gone from 620 in July to 640 now!

My Dr. seems to think it odd that while my viral load... Read more »

my lab test results

Posted by bobo, 4 Replies
hey guys, hope you all good.i got my results on thurs and my CD4's were 639 and my VL 239;my doc says that i should not be put on meds anytime soon, though we barely understand each other coz i hardly speak the language.just wondering if anyone was... Read more »