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Offline racingmind

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Quest Labs
« on: May 27, 2008, 06:15:35 PM »
So I go to my ID doctor to get my latest results and he tells me that the VL test was not done.  They took 9 vials of blood and apparently there was not enough to run the test.  Has this happened to anyone else?  If so, does it happen a lot?  I hate having blood taken.  I guess I should just suck it up because I'm doing very well on Atripla.  It's just annoying to have to get stuck again because someone at the lab screwed up.
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Quest Labs
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2008, 06:44:57 PM »

There's been at least two times, when I didn't receive results for my viral load, over the past four and a half years. Never because of not having enough blood, but because of either misread or bad results. Each time I scheduled a retest, and everything was ok again.

Tell your doctor, you would like to be rescheduled, for a viral load test, as soon as possible. My blood tests also go through Quest diagnostics.

Good luck----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 66 years young.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Quest Labs
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2008, 06:46:04 PM »
I've had a couple of lab screw ups during my 15 years of treatment, but not many, so I'd say "no" about it happening a lot.

Also, you may have no way to know if the error happened before your doctor's office passed the vials off to the lab or if it happened at the lab.

ps:  you might as well get used to having blood work done.  It's not going to change :)
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Offline aliveinla

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Re: Quest Labs
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2008, 08:46:03 PM »
I think mine is with Quest also. Instead of VL test, they redid my western blot last month, so for the 4th time, I was confirmed to be poz. (previously I went to 2 different clinics other than my PCP and re-confirmed) I hate to have my blood drawn again so I suggested to the doc let's do it next time. Doc was OK since my CD4 number and % all look OK.
4/24/07: Last tested Neg
1/22/08: First tested Poz
1/30/08: CD4 393; 28%; VL: 44k
3/18/08: CD4 218; 26%; VL: 222K
4/24/08: CD4 402; 26%; VL: lab forgot
7/22/08: CD4 405; 25%; VL: 6,780
10/15/08: CD4 340, 26%; VL: N/A
2/4/09: CD4 394, 26%; VL: N/A
Jun 09: CD4 300, 25%; VL: 4000
Oct 09: CD4 324, 23%, VL: 10K
11/22/09: started Atripla
11/20/11: CD4 405; VL: UD

Offline aztecan

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Re: Quest Labs
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2008, 10:13:24 PM »
I think mine is with Quest also. Instead of VL test, they redid my western blot last month, so for the 4th time, I was confirmed to be poz. (previously I went to 2 different clinics other than my PCP and re-confirmed) I hate to have my blood drawn again so I suggested to the doc let's do it next time. Doc was OK since my CD4 number and % all look OK.

We have to have our labs drawn at the local hospital. Whenever I see a new face coming toward me with tubes and a syringe, warning bells go off.

Twice they have tried to test me again. I catch them because they try to get you to sign a release for the test, which they don't do for the regular viral load/CD4 draws.

All in all, it depends on the experience of the phlebotomist here. There is one older Navajo lady who is just a delight. No muss, no fuss, no mistakes, no bruises and we always end up laughing about something.

Make the most of the chances to laugh, I always say.


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