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Author Topic: Follow-up visit  (Read 1646 times)

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Offline Beatz4me

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Follow-up visit
« on: May 18, 2007, 12:00:08 PM »
Hello all,

A friend of mine recently joined our exclusive club and got his first labs back this week..Numbers are okay

CD4: 400
VL 17000
(Sorry..no %)

I was shocked to hear that the Dr wants to retest in three months.

I remember when I first started with my Dr...We did several monthly tests to see the baseline /trend....

Has anyone else experienced the three-month lag for a new diagnosis between tests ?

Is it even important to go monthly for the first little while ?


« Last Edit: May 18, 2007, 12:05:32 PM by Beatz4me »

Offline Ann

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Re: Follow-up visit
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2007, 06:30:55 PM »
Hi Michael,

With numbers like those, checking again sooner isn't really necessary, at least not from the doctor's perspective. I can understand, however, that your friend may be a bit more anxious about seeing if there's any sort of trend going on.

You might suggest he speaks to his doctor about having his labs done a bit sooner, for his own peace of mind if nothing else.

If he doesn't have internet access, you may like to print out some of the lessons for him, such as the one on labs and maybe the one on disclosure. If he does have internet access, send him our way! ;)

I'm glad he's got you to talk to about all this - you obviously care.


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