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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests

TheBody regularly partners with some of the leading HIV care providers in the country to bring you information about every aspect of HIV/AIDS -- prevention, treatment, legal issues, mental health concerns, you name it. This section on understanding HIV-related lab test results is a prime example: Throughout these pages, you'll see questions from real folks, along with answers from top experts in the field.

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We Need to Talk About the Downside of U=U

We should always be taking an approach to those living with HIV that centers the totality of their health, not their (detectable or undetectable) status.

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

Learn from The Well Project about lab tests that are important for your health -- what they are, what they measure, and how results are used.

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Is Your HIV Viral Load Normal?

An expert HIV doctor explains viral load testing, what "undetectable" and "unquantifiable" really mean, and how to make sense of your latest numbers.

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What is syphilis of 1:1

I have syphilis of 1:1 , may I know what does it mean? I had secondary and I'm under medication. Thanks

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my vdrl is 1:32 after treatment it is same as before treatment am i safe

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hepatitis B?!

Hey Dr, I'm hiv positive gay male on atripla with decent cd4 around 700 and undetectable viral load. I hooked up with someone..we Only kissed each other... I received oral sex from him for 4 minutes maybe but i didn't ejaculate in his mouth...i rubbe...

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Positive RPR 1:1 negative FTA

I was tested positive for Syphilis. Titer 1:1 w/negative FTA-ABS. The Physician referred me to the Health Department for a second test and treatment. Could this mean its most likely a false positive? I am very concerned and would appreciate your repl...

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Positive TPPA but Negative RPR. Is this Syphilis?

Ive had the following tests done: January: - Positive Treponemal AB (unsure of the method used) - Negative RPR - Negative MHATP - All other STDS were non-reactive and negative. April: - Positive Treponema Pallidum AB, Particle Agglutination - Negativ...

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Hello, I am curious about one issue with my labs: I have been undetectable for several years, yet my CD4 count has been falling. It would seem logical that if my CD4 count lowers down, then my Viral Load should start to rise up, shouldn't it? Isn't a...

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MMR IgG Negative

Hi, With the recent news about measles outbreaks around I asked my primary care Dr for an MMR IgG test. All came back negative for immunity (not surprising as I was vaccinated back in the 1960s). Question is, my ID Dr said I shouldn't get a booster s...