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How To Order Labs For Hiv Testing

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The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

Table of Contents Lab Tests Are Important Tools Viral Load Test Resistance Test Tropism Test Hypersensitivity Test for Ziagen 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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What Tests/Labs to order

I live in a remote place (Canadian NWT) My HIV dr. only ordered TCell work once yr and a viral load test every 2 yrs.... now I have new dr, but i have to put in request 2 mos ahead of visit to faraway clinic... so are there standard tests i should...
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 a CBC (blood count), liver function panel, some routine blood chemistry tests like a fasting blood glucose and kidney function tests (BUN, creatinine), and fasting lipid panel.... Read more »

Mail order home test versus Elisa

Hi Doctor,I was on the computer not long ago and saw these hiv self tests advertised which takes about 5 minutes to get a result. Everything is done at home by the person taking the test.Anyway out of curiosity I ordered one and it tested positive....
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 need to be very careful about utilizing any tests sold through the mail or net. They are probably not FDA approved, and as such are unregulated and probably inaccurate. These tests are to be distinguished from other "home" tests like... Read more »

internet ordered hiv tests

Dear Robert,Thank you for providing this invalable service to the public. I've read some of your answers to to other peoples ?'s and you are very uplifting and positive and have a great personality. How reliable are those hiv tests you...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Worried in New York,Non-FDA-approved HIV tests are non-approved for a reason. And that reason is often they are unreliable. I would strongly advise against using them, particularly because FDA-approved tests are readily available.To specifically... Read more »

can i order a woohoo

hi dr bob,recently tested negative 87 days after an insertive vaginal encounter with a women, who is safe as far as i know. (she tested -ve at 11 weeks and 3 days after her last encounter, and has been testing regularly for most of her life). that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I really can't tell you when or if to test. Those decisions are always up to you. What I can tell you is the risk involved, and if testing would be recommended based on the information you have provided. OK?First, your three-month... Read more »
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Ordering Your Own HIV Test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Besides your local Health Department, Planned Parenthood, eHIV test, and Home Access, how can one order their own HIV test at a lab in the US? If you go to the Quest Labs website and want to order your own (without a lab slip from a doctor) HIV... Read more »

Can You Order a CD4 Test on Your Own?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I know that a person can order an HIV test such as an Elisa, Western Blot, or PCR test on their own, but can a CD4 (T cell level) test be ordered? 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 »