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Help understanding blood test

My doctor wants a blood work at 2 weeks.  What is he looking for?  I just started treatment so I'm green with the details.
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He's probably doing a standard screen, including liver enzymes. Among other things, he's looking at your enzymes and blood count (hemoglobin, wbc, etc). Ideally, at the same time he would also test for viral load, using a sensitive test like "Heptimax" from Quest Diagnostics. Some docs test viral load weekly until the patient becomes non-detectible, but most don't. I see no harm in asking for a week 2 viral load test, and definitely ask for one at week 4. Also, your doc should add a thyroid panel into the mix from time to time.

All the best,

-- Jim
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If you do end up getting a viral load test, best time to schedule it is the day before your injection. In other words, your week 2 viral load test would be the day before the third injection. You can also get the week 2 viral load test the day of your third injection, but just make sure the blood is drawn before the injection. If you're not testing for viral load, I don't think the day you have your blood drawn is as important.

-- Jim
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Thanks for the info. Helps to talk to your doctor with some information and understanding.
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