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HIV – Symptoms of HIV and Effects of Uncontrolled or Untreated HIV

HIV – Symptoms of HIV and Effects of Uncontrolled or Untreated HIV The Symptoms of HIV How long it takes HIV symptoms to appear differs from person to person. For some individuals, it may take several years or more before an HIV symptom presents itself. For others, symptoms may appear soon after initial infection. Unfortunately, often times a person living without symptoms will spread HIV to others unknowingly. The only sure way to know whether or not you have HIV is to take an HIV Test. For people who participate in high- risk activities, such as having unprotected sex or sharing drug...

Ammonia (or NH3) Test To Support The Diagnosis Of Severe Liver Diseases

Ammonia (or NH3) Test To Support The Diagnosis Of Severe Liver Diseases Normal Findings: Adults: 15-60 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL) or 21-50 micromoles per liter (mcmol/L) Indications: Ammonia is used to support the diagnosis of severe liver diseases, and for surveillance of these diseases. Ammonia levels are also used in the diagnosis and follow-up of hepatic encephalopathy.   Test Explanation: Ammonia is a by-product of the breakdown of protein. Most ammonia in the body forms when protein is broken down by bacteria in the intestinal tract. By way of the portal vein it goes to the liver,...

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP or ALK Phos) Test To Detect Diseases Of Liver or Bone

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP or ALK Phos) Test To Detect Diseases Of Liver or Bone Normal Findings: Elderly: slightly higher than adult Adult: 30 120 units/L Indications: ALK Phos is used to detect and monitor diseases of the liver or bone.   Test Explanation: Although ALK Ph. Is found in many tissues, the highest concentrations are found in the liver, biliary tract and bone. The intestinal mucosa and placenta also contain ALK Ph. The ALK Ph enzyme functions as an alkaline. It increases in an alkaline environment (pH of 9 -10). This enzyme test is important for detecting liver and bone disorders....

Alanine Aminotransferase Test (ALT) To Identify Hepatocellular Diseases Of The Liver

Alanine Aminotransferase Test (ALT) To Identify Hepatocellular Diseases Of The Liver Indications: Alanine Aminotransferase Test (ALT) test is used to identify hepatocellular diseases of the liver. It is also an accurate monitor of improvement or worsening of these diseases. Normal Findings: Elderly: may be slightly higher than adult values Adult/child: 4 – 36 units/L (SI units) Test Explanation: ALT is found predominately in the liver; lesser quantities are found in the kidneys, heart, and skeletal muscle. Injury or disease affecting the liver functioning part of the organ (parenchyma) will cause...

Recommended Serologic Tests For HIV-positive Patients by Healthcare Providers

Recommended Serologic Tests For HIV-positive Patients by Healthcare Providers The following is a list of additional serologic tests recommended by healthcare providers for their HIV-positive patients:   Toxoplasma Serology: Toxoplasmosis is a serious infection of the brain. Between 15 to 40 percent of people living with HIV have antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii, the protozoan responsible for causing toxoplasmosis. If a patient with HIV is positive for Toxoplasma antibodies and has a T-cell count less than 100, he or she will need to take Bactrim or Septra (TMP/SMX) to prevent the infection...

Serologic Tests For Specific Antibodies Produced By Immune System

Serologic Tests For Specific Antibodies Produced By Immune System Unlike microbiological tests, which look for the presence of a disease-causing microorganism, serologic tests most often look for specific antibodies produced by the immune system. Also unlike microbiology tests, serology tests are extremely useful to determine if someone has been exposed to an infection before they show signs of disease or to indicate if an infection or disease was present some time in the past. The HIV tests, known as the ELISA and Western blot assays, are both serologic tests. Neither test looks for the presence...

Blood Chemistry (Chem Screen) Tests On Regular Basis To Monitor Your Health

Blood Chemistry (Chem Screen) Tests On Regular Basis To Monitor Your Health As with the CBC, healthcare providers will often order blood chemistry tests on a regular basis to monitor your health. The blood chemistry test – also known as the chem screen – measures some of the most important chemicals produced and needed by your body to function properly. While abnormal chem screen test results don’t usually mean that HIV disease is progressing, they can sometimes mean that another disease is present in the body or that a specific drug is causing side effects. A chem screen can involve dozens...

Lymphocyte Subsets Is The Important tool To Assess The Immune System

Lymphocyte Subsets Is The Important tool To Assess The Immune System Lymphocyte Subsets CD4 Count (helper T-cell count) Counting the number of helper T-cells – technically called CD4+ lymphocytes – is perhaps the most important tool used to assess the overall health of the immune system in people with HIV. Helper T-cells, as the name implies, are responsible for signaling other immune system cells to fight an infection in the body. The normal CD4 count is somewhere between 500 and 1500 cells per cubic millimeter. Without anti-HIV treatment, the average HIV-infected person undergoes a...
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