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Understanding Routine Hiv Testing

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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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T-Cell Count During Routine HIV Testing?

Thank you all for your ongoing help & support.I underwent regular HIV testing for 10+ years prior to my recent diagnosis. I could have had a long history of my Tcells documented.I understand they may fluctuate but I have to say my doctor also...
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
T cell counts are not part of normal blood counts (CBC) that most of us get during routine doctor visits, or even when tested for HIV infection. The main reason is going to be cost and that insurance carriers would not cover such a cost. Thus,... Read more »

Hiv found in routine pregnancy blood test

Hi Dr. Frascino,I had a routine blood test for my pregnancy and the results came back with a trace of HIV Ag/Ab, the sample was sent for confirmation by Western Blot which those results came back as HIV 1 Western Blot indeterminate Gp 3 and HIV p24...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,A "trace of HIV Ag/Ab"???? I have no idea what that even means. If we assume your screening HIV test was repeatedly reactive (positive) and we know your follow-up Western Blot is indeterminate (however, I don't know what... Read more »

Routine blood work can't show hiv disease?

I understand you get sick of answering this question and that anyone exposed should definitely be tested, which I agree. I understand that hiv can not be diagnosed from routine blood work, let's say a CBC for instance, but there are very few...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"In your medical opinion, I can have all this blood work done, be considered completely health by doctor, and HIV would never even have an impact on my blood work?" Yep! That's exactly what I'm saying! As I've stated... Read more »

Need help .. (USING HIV RNS PLASMA VIRAL LOAD FOR ROUTINE DIAGNOSTIC HIV SCREENING)

Hi Doctor,Greetings!!You and your team is doing great job!! Thankyou.I am from India. My case was never a risk but i made it complex.I went to a massage parlor, got normal body massage, used the massage towel to clean the oil which floated on to my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,First of all, I agree with your doctor: Your HIV-acquisition risk is nonexistent.Second, if indeed there was a potential HIV exposure, the recommended HIV-screening test for diagnosis is an HIV-antibody test at the three-month mark. HIV plasma... Read more »
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Routine Testing...

Posted by AIDS2HIV, 1 Reply
May 9, 8:05 PM EDT

CDC Wants Routine AIDS Virus Testing

By MIKE STOBBE
Associated Press Writer

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams for adults and teens if doctors follow... Read more »

Routine Testing...

Posted by AIDS2HIV, 2 Replies

May 9, 8:05 PM EDT

CDC Wants Routine AIDS Virus Testing

By MIKE STOBBE
Associated Press Writer

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams for adults and teens if doctors follow... Read more »

Priests, seminarians routinely tested for HIV

Posted by Anonymous
When are priests or seminarians routinely tested for human immunodeficiency virus?...

Military, Job Corps, prisoners are also tested routinely for human immunodeficiency virus. Read more »

HIV in routine Blood Tests?

Posted by Hifb, 2 Replies
I had unprotected oral sex and intercourse with a man of unknown HIV status about three years ago- Since then I have donated blood (about 3 months after the encounter) and had several blood tests, one for mono and two during emergency room visits(At... Read more »