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Author Topic: How often do you do labs?  (Read 3411 times)

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Offline randym431

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How often do you do labs?
« on: October 26, 2006, 07:51:02 AM »
I guess to me it seems the doc wants labs/checkup every 3 months. I was wondering if, as time goes by, four months or even every six months might be just as good (if one is/has been doing well on meds, that is)?

AT first I wanted labs done every month and waiting for three months to pass, to see how I was doing (those figures), was a long wait.
Now, been over a year, it seems every three months might be too often, unless an issue comes up. Would be nice too, to cut down on the frequency of those co-pays.

Actually, if one got labs and all was stable, I dont see the reason to even see the doc in that case, after the labs.
Its like , doc:"how ya doin? me: fine, great. doc: labs are great too. me: glad of that. Doc: pay on the way out (I want to spend the holidays in Fiji).
Well, the Fiji part I made up... But you get my point..? ;D

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: How often do you do labs?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2006, 07:57:05 AM »
Hey Randy,

I am still once every three months for tests. There are times I feel, when I would like them done a little more often, but the doctor at this time, doesn't think that is neccessary.
I think with the medication that I am on, a three month blood test is probably required, especially for liver function, and I doubt it will ever go beyond that.

Take care----Ray
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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
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Offline blondbeauty

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Re: How often do you do labs?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2006, 09:04:26 AM »
With the infection under control by meds, usually every 4 months. With high viral loads, more frecuently.
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: How often do you do labs?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2006, 12:01:36 PM »
Har... I've pretty much had them every month or at least every 2 months for 13 years.  In fact it's been a rarity that I ever have a month where I don't go to the doctor.  It all depends on too many factors per person.

I think I'm finally at a point where I'll be going less, but it's taken a long, long time to get here.
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Offline aztecan

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Re: How often do you do labs?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2006, 08:48:07 AM »
Hey Randy,

I did the every-three-month test for about 11 years. The doc then switched me to every six months, because I was very stable, had high CD4s and an undetectable viral load since 1996.

There are times I had them more often, but so far it is working OK.

It all depends on how things are going and is pretty individual. Every three months isn't bad, though.


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Offline randym431

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Re: How often do you do labs?
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2006, 09:12:44 AM »
Thanks all for the replys. I might suggest a four month-er when I go in next monday. Just to see what they say. If I call in, a few days after they take the labs, I can get the results from the nurse (she's nice). I could pull a fast one and cancel the doc appt, but they'd catch on to that trick pretty fast (probably). Guess I should just be quiet. If I was getting bad labs back, I'd want more frequent visits. I never thought this routeen would become old hat so fast. Is that good? Yes, thats good!  :)


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