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VDRL is for syphilis: No - HIV testing is a separate test. VDRL is a test for syphilis. If you've had an exposure, you might be getting tested for multiple diseases. Hopefully your doctor explained that... It's always good to be safe -that's the best key to health. Syphilis is treatable and can be cured. HIV can be well managed with daily medicines, but can be fatal over time if not diagnosed. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Not for patients: In the research labs, one can test for Herpes 1 or 2 in urine or any sample of bodily fluid, by testing for herpes DNA. The tests have not been perfected for use on patients in a medical setting. That means doctors do not have a urine Herpes 1 or 2 test to check patients, at this time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: Use it for whatever it does for you. If you have DLE you must protect strictly against sun, UV, any radiation. Your DR may give you something for DLE or SLE. ...Read more
Can a skin biopsy showing psoriasisiform dermitis confirm a suspected case of psoriatic arthritis?
Not for sure: The doctor might choose to perform a skin biopsy in order to rule out other possible skin conditions, sexually transmitted diseases, or infections. With a skin biopsy, the doctor may order a series of lab tests to determine whether certain bacteria, viruses, or fungi are present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
molecular tests: Molecular tests such as fish and pcr are invaluable in making the diagnosis but both require a good sample taken directly from the tumor. ...Read more
Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?
Occam's Razor: Usually Systemic Sclerosis and/or limited Scleroderma is not characterized by arthritis like you describe. The typical biomarker the anti Scl-70 (anti-topoisermorase). Symptoms have to be put into context and better described than elbow and forearm pain. This one you should see a rheumatologist about. Dermatology would be useful as well. Best of luck! ...Read more
Yes. Imaging. : The 2 biggest risk factors for primary liver cancer (hcc) are cirrhosis and viral hepatitis. Hcc is often detected by imaging studies performed periodically in patients with cirrhosis. These screening tests may include an ultrasound, ct scan or mri. A tumor marker (AFB) is also checked by drawing a blood sample. Early liver cancer can be cured with resection or, more often, liver transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biopsy & blood tests: Syphilis can generally be diagnosed with a blood test. Guttate psoriasis would require a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist for certain diagnosis. Presence of one does not exclude the other. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psoriasis: There is no cure for psoriasis only control. There are prescription topical steroids. There are intralesional steroid injections. The biologics like Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, (infliximab) and Otezla are very effective at treating psoriatic arthritis and also the skin lesions of psoriasis. Patients with psoriasis are also prone to cardiovascular disease but the biologics help reduce this. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers