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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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Can an active flare-upf Roseaca alter the HIV Labs

Should I postpone my labs becaise of an active flare-up of Roseaca. I am on Atripla. Last lab report t cells 829 Thank youand viral load less than 20. O am currently taking diocyclene 110mg twice daily along with Atripla which I have been on for...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Your labs are good. Frequency of checking labs for patients doing well on treatment is steadily decreasing (ie I often check HIV level twice a year and am moving to CD4 counts yearly once > 350-500) so rarely urgent to recheck so delaying during... Read more »

HIV and Lab Workers

I work in the lab at a very busy clinic. The other day I was working in the area of urinalysis and things got a bit hectic. I was trying to leave my area for lunch before any more samples came to me and so I left the lab in a hurry. I do not...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi,Thank you for your question. When you try to determine whether you are at risk for HIV or not, you have to remember the following:1) You must be exposed to pre-cum, semen, vaginal secretions, blood, or breast milk, AND2) The virus must get... Read more »

new to hiv and labs concerned VL

I was diagnosed HIV poz or to be more accurate with AIDS in January 2003 with a cd4 of 50 viral 750000 and PCP. Went in the hospital and started treat of combivir and sustiva. April 03 labs cd4 367 viral load less than 400. August Labs cd4 404...
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
Your question is a good one. I am a little concerned about the trend. A blip is usually just that, going from undetectable (< 50 copies/ml) to some low but detectable number (usually < 500) and then usually back to undetectable again. Your... Read more »

hiv lab resualts

Hi I just found out feb17th i was hiv pos..but was only with 2 partners unpertected and only 1 was with semen intake,now if his test come back neg again,is there some where in my tets that was missed read,because the other guy i was with there 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
Unfortunately, I will not speculate as to why, given the story you describe, your HIV test is now positive.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »