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Author Topic: Wish me luck, kids  (Read 3062 times)

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Offline PeteNYNJ

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Wish me luck, kids
« on: August 16, 2007, 10:21:50 PM »
I go for my trimonthly blood draw tomorrow.  I get so anxious...I shouldnt be drinking wine because my liver enzymes will be high but such is life.

Question - I want to get tested for Syphillis.  Not that I have any signs but it is going around in NYC so I would ralther be safe then sorry.  Can I just ask the nurse to test for that too?

Offline Jerry71

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2007, 10:29:04 PM »
Good Luck Pete.

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2007, 10:37:13 PM »
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
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Offline marky

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2007, 10:39:38 PM »
yes, just ask the nurse for the syphilis test.... my doc gives me one every time I see him (he must think all his patients are big sluts??:))  ... actually its a good idea in care.

Offline cjc

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2007, 08:43:35 AM »
Good luck.  Cristy

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2007, 09:05:38 AM »

Syphilis testing can be a complicated affair. Make sure that they perform an STS panel (Specific Treponemal Serology) not just an RPR or (Rapid Plasma Reagin) or VDRL (Venereal Disease Reference Laboratory) test.

The full STS test should include an assay that is specific for the organism that causes syphilis. This is usually called a TPHA (Treponema Pallidum Haemagglutination Assay).


Offline JohnOso

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2007, 09:08:13 AM »
Good luck with the results Pete.

To hell with the liver enzymes....my mantra is be happy and enjoy life.   The AST/ALT will just have to fall in line.


PS Can't imagine they wouldn't add on a test for syphilis, especially if you utter the magic words "sexually active"....check with the phlebotomist/nurse just to make sure they draw the right-colored  JIC tube.

Offline dixieman

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2007, 10:00:30 AM »
I see no problem with asking for an additional test... its a good thing to have a friend of mine has hiv... who knows what other nasties he's got but, he is now locked up in a mental institution with half his brain eaten away from syphilis... theres 3 main stages of the disease... he waited too late to be treated then it became non-treatable.

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2007, 10:18:05 AM »

mazelt tov on your tests

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Offline StrongGuy

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2007, 11:41:10 AM »
Good luck with your tests...

I get tested routinely during my 3 month visits (well now I've been moved to the 6 month visit plan, but will still get tested). It still amazes that I got bit by HIV but never got any other STD so far (knock on wood). Like others have said, it's better to know now while early to avoid it lingering and causing complications.

"Get your medical advice from Doctors or medical professionals who you trust and know your history."

"Beware of the fortune teller doom and gloomers who seek to bring you down and are only looking for company, purpose and validation - not your best physical/mental interests."

"You know you all are saying that this is incurable. When the real thing you should be saying is it's not curable at the present time' because as we know, the great strides we've made in medicine." - Elizabeth Edwards

Offline PeteNYNJ

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Re: Wish me luck, kids
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2007, 04:35:45 PM »
Thanks for the support

I went today (I was a bit late - bad me).  I got my fav nurse Caesar.  My veins are deep and nobody can ever get them so they take it from my hand but he never leaves a bruise.

Regarding the Syph test, I asked him to add it on and he said that everytime I go for my bloodwork they do a full STD panel...who knew?  He said they do this because I am a "sexually active young man in NYC".   I asked him "are you calling me a slut?" and he said "yes" with a smile.

I like my doctor's office :)

Now it is a waiting game till next week with the numbers...fingers crossed.


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