If you go for a check-up at the doctor's and they do a routine blood work,if there was something wrong with your blood, like if you may have HIV, will the test results show up like something is not right in your blood? AND THEY WOULD WANT TO DO FURTHER TEST, OR DOES ROUTINE BLOOD SHOW NO ABNORMALTIES OF HIV
Most of the time, routine blood work does not include a test for HIV.You, or anyone, who even suspects that they may have been exposed toHIV should be tested. If they test positive -- they have anobligation to see that all of their sexual partners are informed.Early testing and treatment provides the greatest chance for long-termsurvival -- and for avoiding, or at least delaying, full-blown AIDS.Let me know if you need more input. If not, thanks for theopportunity to assist you... I would really appreciate your honoring myefforts by 'pushing the button' and Accepting this answer.Good Luck!Steve Oreport38495.5509844907
Reply to Oreport's Post: But you didn't answer my question. I understand you have be tested to only know for sure, but will routine blood show that there is something not normal going on???
Routine blood work will show abnormalities for whatever enzymes arebeing tested -- I am not aware of any possible pattern of labvalues (from from typical bloodwork) which would signal the presence of HIV.Are you afraid of what an aids blood test might show -- or are you embarrassed to ask for an aids test?If you are embarrassed -- remember that there are many 'innocent' ways to become exposed to HIV.If you are afraid of being HiIV Positive -- not knowing will not stopthe desease. It's better to know for your loved ones' sake aswell -- so that, if necessary -- you can do everything possible toreduce the risk of their being exposed as well.If I'm still missing part of your question (or the reason behind it) -- or if you need more input -- please let me know.If not, thanks for the opportunity to assist you... I would reallyappreciate your honoring my efforts by 'pushing the button' andAccepting this answer.Good Luck!Steve Oreport38495.7476171644
DearCustomerThere are routine blood tests that clue a doctor into a possiblity ofHIV. For example, a CBC (complete blood count) is a very commonblood test that is used to diagnose a number of illnesses ranging fromleukema to infection to anema, etc. It cannot directly confirm ordiagnose HIV, though.A CBC is a common blood test that works by counting your red bloodcells, your white blood cells, and your platelets. This count isdone by a machine in a lab. For example, if your total whiteblood cell count is high, it is highly indicitive that the patient hasof some type of infection. If your red blood cell count is low,it is indictive of anema or substantial blood loss. These arejust a few examples.With a CBC, the doctor can take the test a step further by ordering what is called a CBC with "differential." A differential is a manual count of blood cells under a microscope by atrained laboratory technician. There are a number of white bloodcells in the body, so the lab tech views those cells under microscopeand notes if certain blood cells are too high or low. A personwith HIV will lose what are called "helper T lymphocytes." So amanual count (differential) can alert the doctor to possible HIV ifthese lymph cells are low and may ask for your permission to perform anHIV test. Remember, no doctor or hospital can perform an HIV teston you unless they have your written consent to perform an HIV test, soit cannot be done without your permission and knowledge.More commonly, HIV is discovered when patients start showing signs ofthe virus such as continuous swollen lymph nodes which stayswollen. Also, soon after transmission of HIV, the patient mayexperience symptoms like mononucleosis, fatigue, and a fever that canlast up to two weeks. These symptoms usually go away in a coupleweeks, however the lymph nodes stay swollen. The other symptomsusually come back once HIV has turned into full blown AIDS.My advice is, if you are concerned about this, you need to talk to yourphysician about it. Tell him/her your concerns. Try not tobe embarassed. It is a responsibility we all have to know ourstatus in order to help stop the spread. I had myself and myhusband tested before we got married. It's the responsible thingto do.Feel free to come back for any other concerns or clarification. Best wishes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~AnnlynnRN
RN - 16 years in ICU & Critical Care (Cardiac, Neurology, Trauma, & Medical/Surgical ICU.)