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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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low cd4 count in latest labs

Hi Dr, I have been very disappointed with my latest lab results. I have been HIV+ for 4.5 years now, and since I started regular monitoring in late 2003 my CD4 count varied between 650 and 450 (latest 2 were 500 and 640) and my VL has been between...
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
I think if your numbers are consistent with the last result, I would recommend that you start HIV treatment.... Read more »

Another STD effect Lab counts?

I recently tested postive for gonnorhea, had my hiv labs drawn around the sametime. Will this effect my viral load and tcell count?...
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
Sure can.... Read more »

can lab counts change so fast?

Hi.I tested HIV Positive 2 months ago, think I was infected about 1 year ago. On October 12, I had viral load and CD4 tests done by my family physician. They were CD4 904, Viral Load 8,900. My family doctor sent me to a specialist, and he wanted to...
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
Although this appears to be a big difference it is not. Different laboratories using different testing methods can account for this difference.... Read more »

My Lab resuts cd4/cd8 ratio =0.75 and absoulte cd4 count is 471

Hi doc,I have been tested HIV+ a week back my counts are cd4/cd8 ratio =0.75 and absoulte cd4 count is 471. so when should i start my treatment and how often should i test for cd4 in an year and do u think i should start ART now ? please advice...
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
It is also important to know a couple of other numbers, what your CD4% is, and what your viral load results are. A normal CD4 count is between 500-1500 and a normal CD4% is between 30-50%. Your current CD4 count is just below the normal range. Many... Read more »
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Biology Lab On HIV.Gues who was infected?

Posted by stupidgirl, 2 Replies
First day back to college. My first lab for my biology class was today. Take a sick guess what it was on........The spread of HIV. Now take another guess who just happened to get the anonymously infect cup.....That's right I had the cup or the guy i... Read more »

understanding labs online...........

Posted by daisey6205, 1 Reply
The CD4 count does not always reflect how someone with HIV disease feels and functions. For example, some people with higher counts are ill and have frequent complications, and some people with lower CD4 counts have few medical complications and... Read more »

Tested positive one month ago....first labs

Posted by newpozguy, 3 Replies
Hi all,

Back on October 10th I tested postive for HIV. My HIV test had actually been prompted by other traumatic events in my life that I won't go into here, but let's say that 2006 has been an awful year for me. At any rate, I am very scared as I... Read more »

just got my first lab results

Posted by luckyone, 2 Replies
my viral load is 65,700 and my cd4 count is 471 i think my cd4 is ok but my viral load is high wich can cause my cd4 count to drop quickly from my understanding i may start meds and was wondering has anybody had numbers in this range and what was... Read more »