Diagnostic Tests For Liver Function

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annual diagnostics/tests

I would be grateful for your guidance. I am a 44 year old male diagnosed with HIV in 2001 and on meds (ritonavir boosted atazanavir plus truvada) since October 2005. In an ideal world, if cost was no object, which bloods and other diagnostic tests...
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
The usual battery of tests includes: CD4 count/percent, HIV viral load, standard blood counts (white, red blood cells, platelets), Chemistry panel including lipid panel (total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol, tryglycerides), liver panel (liver enzymes... Read more »

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High liver function tests & recreational drugs

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Fourth Generation HIV Diagnostic Test Approved, Permitting Earlier Detection of Infection

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The Field Heats Up: Diagnostic Testing in the Developing World

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Home Diagnostic Tests: The Ultimate House Call?

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The Well Project

Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

...important to have blood tests that can detect liver problems earlier on. Tests for Liver Damage Simple blood tests called liver function tests (LFTs) are one of the best ways to find out if you have liver damage. LFTs should be part of... Read more »