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Liver Function Panel Including Hepatitis

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AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

...stomach pain. Some people may have dark urine, light-colored bowel movements, and a yellowing of the skin or of the eyes (jaundice). Your health care provider will check your blood to see if your liver is working normally. These "liver function" tests measure the amounts of certain chemicals: bilirubin, AST, and ALT (or SGOT and SGPT). High blood levels can be a sign of hepatitis. See Fact Sheet 122 for more information on liver function...
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High liver function tests & recreational drugs

Is it possible for liver function tests (alt & ast) to be high due to a couple of occasions when I used receational drugs? If so, how long would the high levels persist and how long might it take for them to get back to normal?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hi and thanks for your post.It is entirely possible that elevations in liver function tests could be from recreational drug use-- ranging from alcohol use, Tylenol or even viral infection (?hepatitis).It's frankly Read more »

Liver Function

Dear Dr. Conway/Dr. Henry:Let me first state that I responded very well to my past HIV Rx: viramune/epivir/zerit W/O complications or side effects. After being prescribed other Rx for back injury (neurontin)I experienced flank pain leading to a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I assume you have been checked for hepatitis or other causes of liver injury? If other HIV drugs are available where you live then using efavirenz or a boosted -protease inhibitor Read more »


My doctor did a full liver function blood test, and said I didn't have Hep A or B, and all my enzymes were ok, but would this show up for Hep C also?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Hepatitis C is a separate antibody test. You will need to see if this was checked. Read more »

Liver function test

I recently had a liver function test and a had a very slightly high bilirubin result which my Dr said was nothing to worry about, the rest of the test was fine. I have read somewhere that abnormal findings in LFT's could be an early sign of HIV, is...
Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Response from Maribel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

Fundacion Gatroenterologia De Diego
...bilirubin can be seen in benign congenital diseases of the bile metabolism,and not be associated to hepatitis.There are no tests of liver function that are associated to HIV. Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Chemistry Panel

... Chemistry (Chem) Screen The Electrolytes Kidney Function Tests Liver Function Tests Other Blood Chemistry Tests For More Information Chemistry (Chem) Screen A large part of your laboratory report Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...moderate rash, but the most common side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, headache, and abdominal pain. Laboratory testing for liver function should be done before starting therapy and patients should be monitored. Increased monitoring should... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C Laboratory Tests

... Liver Function Tests Viral Load Tests HCV Genotype Tests IL28B Genetic Test Blood Clotting Tests Several laboratory (blood) Read more »

An Overview of Prezista (Darunavir, TMC114)

...immediately if you experience: Hepatotoxicity (serious liver problem). Patients with chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, or abnormal liver function tests before being treated with darunavir, should be monitored closely. Call your healthcare provider... Read more »
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Liver Function

Posted by NYRN, 1 Reply
I'm taking viread, invirase, didanosine, zidovudine and valtrex and my latest labs indicate high on the liver screens. Has anyone had any liver issues - I don't drink so it's not that! Read more »

Anxiety About Not Knowing

Posted by Hopeful43, 1 Reply
...was within range, but the Lymphs were high (66 - when the normal range was supposed to be 25-40) and they were atypical and my liver function was high. After testing and ruling out things like mono and whooping cough, the doctor seemed to still... Read more »

Elevated Liver Function Test After Exposure?

Posted by MiamiLat, 2 Replies
...Hello out there. Does anyone have any knowledge on liver function tests? Has anyone had elevated enzymes? My exposure occurred on 12/05/05 by having unprotected insertive anal sex with an HIV Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
can the people who have tested positive describe the symptoms they experianced during the ars period and after please. Thanks Read more »