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The Well Project

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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I am co infected with HIV & HCV... Please explain lab results

I am on combination therapy for hiv and have been udetectable for some time with cd4 at 1400 but recently infected with hpe c. Just had some lab results in and need them explained to me.Total lymphocytes H 4.503, absolute CD3 count H 3.557, Absolute...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
The only important information is that your CD4 T cell counts are excellent and your HCV RNA level was so low that they could not figure out what type of infection you have. That is great news because hopefully you will clear the virus on your own... Read more »

Viral Load Results (HIV-1 RNA was not detected in this sample)

Dear Dr. Holodniy: I am confused by my most recent viral load results. In the past, they have usually said something like "HIV-1 RNA was detected in this sample at a level <50 copies/mL" but the results this time say "HIV-1 RNA 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
Well they appear to be getting away with stating that the viral load is zero when the FDA approved lower limit of detection is 40 copies/mL. It is possible to extrapolate results below 40 copies and come up with a number. It is extremely difficult... Read more »

HIV Inhibitory sample

Dear doctor, I have been undetectable for almost four years. Two weeks ago, I was tested for my viral load, and the lab returned a report stating: "We are UNABLE to reliably determine a result for the specimen due to the presence of PCR...
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
Sounds like the internal control they put into the PCR (viral load test) reaction after they got your blood, failed to work. If that known HIV copy control does not give the right copy number or no copy number, they reject the result and the sample... Read more »

Help me understanding my lab results

My Western Blot results are as follows:gp160 ab presentgp120 ab equivocalp66 ab presentp51 ab presentqp41 ab presentgp40 ab presentp31 ab presentp24 ab equivocalp18 ab absentBesides that fact that I'am HIV+ what does Equivocal mean and what is...
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
Equivocal means that the band on the western blot was faintly present, but not dark enough to call positive. P18 is an antigen or part of the HIV core protein. Antibodies to this part of the virus were negative in the sample.... Read more »
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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 »

my first lab results

Posted by bluewindow, 3 Replies
hello all. i got my first lab results yesterday and i would like to share them with you.

CD4: 640
VL: undetectable.

I ve been infected sometime between Nov 2007 and July 2008. i believe i am hiv pos for at least 4 months. I did another blood test... Read more »

First Lab Results

Posted by Brandon, 1 Reply
I've been diagnosed for a little over a month now and my first lab results have come back. My CD-4 176 and my VL is 176,500. My doctor wants me to start taking Trizivir. I'm a little leary of starting medication because of side effects but due to... Read more »

Just got recent lab results

Posted by thevillebear, 5 Replies
Hi everyone haven't been here for a while, hope all are doing well.
Just got my recent lab results, my viral load has gone to 150,000 while my CD4 count has stood gone from 620 in July to 640 now!

My Dr. seems to think it odd that while my viral load... Read more »