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14 Jul 2005

Full blood count and HIV
Good morning Doctor,

Hope all is well.

My question is the following:

I suffer from severe brittle asthma, and have already spent 65 days in hospital this year. My asthma is under control, but as you know, brittle asthma gets triggered very easily. I have a very well qualified Pulmanologist that keeps an eye on me.

During this on and off stay in hospital, blood tests are done regurarly. As you know, a "blood gas" test is done every other day to determine if you have enough oxygen in your blood to survive on - without the oxygen that is given to you in hospital. Tests are also done to determine if the asthma attack is the result of a viral/bacterial infection. Full blood counts are also done to determine if all is well.

I want to know, can the lab that do the testing "see" if you have the HIV virus in your blood, without testing merely for HIV? Does it show up even if they don't primarily test for HIV but as in my case for a virus/bacteria?

Why I'm asking is, during one of these tests, the specialist also came upon another problem regarding my liver and thyroid. But, the test that he specified to be done, did not state that my liver and thyroid must be tested.

Just curious if the lab can "see" if you are HIV positive, even though the test is not done for HIV.

Thank you
Sunshine
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pathologist

01 Jan 0001

No the lab cannot "see" your HIV status when they perform analysis of other blood tests, however certain illnesses, like Pneumocystic carinii pneumonia, may suggest HIV/AIDS.
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