Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monitoring HIV

In this video Doctor Charles Farthing discusses the importance of monitoring HIV. The interviewer asks him a series of questions about the virus and he responds with answers that are easy to understand. He suggests that people with HIV have lab tests every 3 months because even if the person is doing well, the virus can change and become more aggressive. This virus is very easily mutated because of the fact that it is a retrovirus and therefore lacks a error-checking system. It is a fairly long video but you can go to the side and choose the section you are most interested in. He touches on CBC, or complete blood count tests as well as chem-screen tests. Watch this video if you are interested in the different ways to monitor HIV, as well as the importance of these tests.


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