RITA Newsl. 1998 Oct;4(6):5-9. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE
Laboratory tests are an important component of managing care for people
with HIV. Blood chemistry and viral load testing should be done shortly
following a HIV diagnosis to provide a baseline number for evaluating
the effectiveness of subsequent treatments. Understanding the
implications of the tests, however, is a daunting task for patients.
Normal values sometimes have a wide range, and different laboratories
can get varying results from the same blood sample because of
differences in methods or equipment. The most commonly used lab tests
are detailed, including complete blood count (CBC) and a variety of
chemistry screens. Viral load testing and the interpretation of the
results are described in detail.
NEWSLETTER ARTICLE Blood Cell Count Blood Chemical Analysis Disease
Progression HIV Infections/*BLOOD *Health Status Indicators Human
Lymphocyte Count Reference Values Viral Load