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Offline mpositive

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What tests whould I be doing?
« on: July 13, 2009, 01:44:24 PM »
Hiya folks,

I was wondering if I could get some opinions.  I have been infected for about 9 months now. CD in the 400s and VL just over 100k steadily. 
What kind of tests should I make sure to have routinely. 
Right now I do the HIV complete blood screen every 3-4 months.  That includes a full blood lipids test and the basics...glucose and such.
This past week, I asked for a PSA test to be included, and they added that no problem.   Any other suggestions?  Would like to be as much in the know as possible.
Thanks!
M

Offline Ann

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Re: What tests whould I be doing?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009, 02:02:30 PM »
M,

I moved your thread from "Living" to "Just Tested" as this is a question new people ask and it will be easier for other new people to find and learn from here in the IJTP forum.

Basically, your question will be answered by reading the Lesson The Blood Tests You'll Need.

Other tests you might want - if you haven't already - are tests for syphilis and other STIs, including both Hep B and Hep C. All positive people should be screened for hepatitis. It's quite possible for you to have a co-infection that is not obvious, especially hep C which can remain asymptomatic for as long as 25 years.

Ann


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Offline webontheweb

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Re: What tests whould I be doing?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009, 10:59:19 AM »
It will help you to get a small notebook to take with you to the doctors office with a list of questions.  I also kept track of my own vaccinations and shots to help remind them of what was needed and what was done.  Some shots meed boosters after 10 years or so, so get a list of what you have had done in the past and have them update your records.  I keep a complete file at home if someone ever needs a reference, I can get it to them no problems!
Check the link above and most of all, do not be askeered to ask us oldies a question or look for a mentor through pozdotcom web site.  We are here to help you navigate through the shoals until you can sail on your own.!


Offline mewithu

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Re: What tests whould I be doing?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2009, 07:53:12 AM »
Don't forget to get your tb test once a year. get a flu shot , pneumonia vaccine. Do you have an Ifectious dease Dr I hope. They should Know the routine but might forget sometimes due to so many patients they have each day.
1997 is when I found out, being deathly ill. I had to go to the hospital due to extreme headache and fever. I fell coma like,  two months later weighing 95 pounds and in extreme pain and awoke to knowledge of Pancreatis, Cryptococcal Meningitis, Thrush,Severe Diarea,  Wasting, PCP pneumonia. No eating, only through tpn. Very sick, I was lucky I had good insurance with the company I worked for. I was in the hospital for three months that time. 
(2010 Now doing OK cd4=210  VL= < 75)
I have become resistant to many nukes and non nukes, Now on Reyataz, , Combivir. Working well for me not too many side effects.  I have the wasting syndrome, Fatigue  . Hard to deal with but believe it or not I have been through worse. Three Pulmonary Embolism's in my life. 2012 520 t's <20 V load

Offline mpositive

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Re: What tests whould I be doing?
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 08:12:55 AM »
Thanks for all the responses.  Yes, I have3 an ID Dr since this all began months ago.  I was asking this very general question to get feedback on things I might not have thought of.  So far, it looks good.  Got my Flu and Pneumonia vaccine back in January.  Tested for TB and Hep as well. 
Thanks for all these responses folks, it is appreciated.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: What tests whould I be doing?
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 08:22:23 AM »
Hi,

You should get yourself a Pap smear test done also


Ray
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: What tests whould I be doing?
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 08:24:46 AM »


My last blood tests , (that were done in April )were 5 pages long ( Quest)


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline sreamer17ydr

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Re: What tests whould I be doing?
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2009, 12:06:44 PM »
I would think after reading and doing research on HIV for 5+ years I have done.... I would get a routine tests done... such as
1. hiv viral load
2. CD4 count
3. Genotype (if resistant occurs)
4. CBC
5. STD check
6. Lipid panels
7. CHolestrol and sugars
July 1st 09: Tested Poz
August 19th 09: CD4 Count: 566/ Viral Load: 20,653
Nov 10: CD4:623 Viral load: 57,673
Dec 13th: CD4 count 400, viral load-60,000
Feb 1 2010: CD4: 600 Viral load: 67,000
Feb 16 2010: Started Atripla
March 29 2010-CD4 Count: 740, Viral Load: Undetectable, CD4 percentage: 34%
Oct 27th,2010: CD4 Count: 620, Viral Load: Undetectable, CD4 percentage: 32%

 


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