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Author Topic: Bloodwork  (Read 5268 times)

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Offline sfbestsuited

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« on: June 07, 2006, 06:30:05 pm »
I am HIV positive and want to know what should my Doctor be testing
for. I know T Cells and Viral Load is 2 things.

I had to move to Indiana from  San Diego and it seems that I used to have my blood tested for more  then 2 things when I was in San Diego(I just don't know what.)..
Can someone help me and give me some ideas so I can tell him when I go
Thank you,
Jim G.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Bloodwork
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2006, 08:05:43 am »
Hello Jim,

This site has a great lesson on the blood tests that will be required. It also gives an excellant explanation of those test.

Click here for that lesson> https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/understanding-lab-work-blood-tests

I think you will find this quite helpful


 CD4- A measure if how strong the immune system is( the higher the better)

CD4 (percentage)--Tells about the same, but is more reliable without as much variability

CBC--(complete blood count)/ white blood cells,red cells,and platelets

Chemical profile-- Over 20 tests assessing: sugar, kidney, liver, electrolytes, and nutrition.

Amylase/Lipase-- Assess for inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitus)

Hope you find this helpful/ Take care-------Ray

« Last Edit: May 07, 2019, 01:56:22 pm by iana5252 »
Current Meds ; Viramune / Epzicom , 20 mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 1/14/20

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 March 13,20,  Viral load remains <40

CD 4 @422 /  CD4 % @ 16 %

 68 years young.


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