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Author Topic: Question re. Labs.  (Read 1549 times)

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Offline comino

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Question re. Labs.
« on: August 22, 2007, 02:41:35 PM »
So I got my numbers today and found out that my Dr.  (who is not my Dr. by choice )did not order a viral load.  Is this normal?  I am on meds shouldn't viral load be what my Dr. be more focused on to ensure that they meds are working?  I'm a bit confused, what say you?  M

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Re: Question re. Labs.
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2007, 02:49:31 PM »
Yep, when on meds viral load is the key test

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Re: Question re. Labs.
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2007, 04:44:06 PM »
Yep (bis) fire that doctor.

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Offline Cerrid

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Re: Question re. Labs.
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2007, 05:02:29 PM »
When was the last time your VL was checked and when will be the next time? If the intervals are really short, perhaps that's why they skipped it? Anyways, it's very unusual not to do the VL. Call your doc and ask him.
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Offline Mr.August

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Re: Question re. Labs.
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2007, 07:22:54 AM »
My freaking doctor also skips viral load tests.
His excuse is that they cost too much for the clinic.
I just want to kick him in the ass.   >:(

Offline BT65

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Re: Question re. Labs.
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 07:24:55 AM »
A viral load test should definitely be done.  I have labs drawn every three months, and my doc always orders a vl test.  Unless they need to be done more frequently because of something, like starting a new combo of meds etc.
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Re: Question re. Labs.
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007, 08:04:17 AM »

The doctor always orders a viral load as one of my blood tests. And if by some chance, the viral load test comes back as incomplete, it is redone. I would call the doctor and find out why he didn't do a viral load test, and then ask him to schedule one for you.

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