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Wait Time Before The Blood Test For Herpes

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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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Herpes outbreak at the time of drawing blood. Please answer.

Dr. McGovern,First of all thanks for your support to the people who really need you. Could you please answer my concern. I have tested positive for HSV-1 and HSV-2. I have tested negative for HIV Elisa antibody test 9 months following the exposure....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Please be reassured that a herpes outbreak should not interfere with your HIV testing results.Dr. McGovern... Read more »

Waiting Time

I have a relationship in mid March adn disscovered later that I might be exposed. I am considering a blood check to see whether HIV antibody is in my blood but i was told by my doctor that it might not appear so soon. What is the best method to...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
If the test is a standard HIV antibody test, then it may take as much as 6 weeks to turn positive.... Read more »

what are the ethical rules concerning the amount of time a dr. can wait before sharing my medical information with me?

Dear Dr. Bob:I've been hiv positive since 1994. i'm doing well with cd4s in the 4-500 range and am non-detectable. two weeks ago i came down with night sweats, fever, and chills so bad i did not sleep for a week. a week ago they found...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Are you wrong to assume you are entitled to your test results sooner than what you've been experiencing? No, absolutely not. I'm amazed Dr. Slowpoke is still in business. You can complain to your state medical board's division of... Read more »


I started treatment 5 months ago with a CD4 200 and VL >100,000. I opted for Sustiva and Truvada but at the time didn't really know much about any medication.The side effects have been minimal with only occasional disturbed sleep. I...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Based on the information you have given me, I would advise you to stay on the current regimen for now. There was no resistance to any drugs at the beginning of treatment, you are adherent and you are not experiencing any side effects. Especially... Read more »
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Testing & waiting

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

Hi all!!! You know I have been visiting "The Body" everyday for about 5 months, and this is the first time I have been in the message board. I didn't even realize it was here, because I spent ALL my time reading Ryan Kull (that man rocks!). Anyway,... Read more »

I think I am positive. Waiting for the test result

Posted by whatwillhappen, 1 Reply
I just went to the lab to get the blood test and will receive my test result from my doctor on Thursday. I have been having many of the symptoms for about a month now. I'm pretty sure my result will come back positive. Is there someone I can talk... Read more »

did the TEST, now the wait...wi chris

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
alright, thought i'd inform ya'll that i managed to make it to day 87 and had my blood drawn this morning to determine my hiv status. guess it's been a mixed emotion day, both of relief and worry.

if you saw my earlier posts, my tongue seems like... Read more »

Wait or not to Wait - medications

Posted by jtpa, 4 Replies
I found out I was + in Feb 2012 and saw my ID doc for the first time last week. I went to the appointment all prepared ( so I thought). I ask about medications and when to start them? He said he wouldn't do anything with just one set of labs he... Read more »