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Hi,healthtap doctors answered my question here that 0.9-1.0=1.0 is HIV negetive, here the test was issued to me as positive,i'm confused please?

Hi,healthtap doctors answered my question here that 0.9-1.0=1.0 is HIV negetive, here the test was issued to me as positive,i'm confused please?

HIV Testing: HIV testing can be done several ways. Generally, the physician that orders the test provides counseling on the results. There are two kinds of tests. One looks for antibodies to the virus. As it takes time to produce antibodies to HIV after exposure, this type of test can sometimes be negative even when infection is present. The second kind of test looks for the virus itself and is more precise. ...Read more

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Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Part of a team: Your family doctor is usually the doc who makes the referrals and is often the one who helps treat complications, such as urinary tract infections, fatigue, associated injuries, medication reactions, and he/she keeps open the communication lines between different specialties. Coordination of medical care is critcal these days. ...Read more

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When we patients submit questions here what exactly the doctors on healthtap see from information beside the question?What info in my profile do u see

Limited Info: The clinician see a small profile pic, a screen name, a gender symbol, an age and text questions or comments. Below the comment section are tag words and that's about it. ...Read more

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Are there healthcare providers other than physicians (e.G. M.D.'s, d.O.'s) on healthtap who answer questions?

Are there healthcare providers other than physicians (e.G. M.D.'s, d.O.'s) on healthtap who answer questions?

Yes: Other professionals with doctorate degrees that are on healthtap include: dentists, oral surgeons, pharmacists, podiatrists, and clinical psychologists. They are licensed by their professions. ...Read more

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Hello, please, provide your thoughts on alcat tests and other tests of this kind. Thanks in advance, peter?

Hello, please, provide your thoughts on alcat tests and other tests of this kind. Thanks in advance, peter?

No value: The alcat has no scientific basis. It is a non-standardized test of quasi-science. It is not accepted by any board-certified allergist immunologist. I know there is a lot of hype around the company's web site and the testimonials. Still, there are other, well tested tests for allergy. See an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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Questions about lab work: what are the CBC & crp?

Questions about lab work:  what are the CBC & crp?

CBC and CRP- needed: CBC is a complete blood count and is should be included on many visits, particularly if you take drugs which can cause anemia or have been anemic. Crp is a test for a serious surrogate for inflammation in the body. It can be elevated with infection, rheumatologic inflammation, and in type -2 diabetics, or even those with metabolic syndrome without dm. It is a predictor of heart disease. ...Read more

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I wanted to get any opinions of Quest Diagnostics reliability?

Good: Quest has been around a long time and they seem to be pretty reliable. If you have a question about some test they have done, ask your doctor if it can be repeated elsewhere as a quality control measure. ...Read more

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Does porphyria show on blood tests? Please, need some answers?

Does porphyria show on blood tests? Please, need some answers?

Treacherous: Your physician needs to think of porphyria, then order special labs depending on the type. Further, these tests are often done wrong; the sample must be collected exactly right and the problems just start there. Further, the person much actually be sick for the tests to turn up positive. ...Read more

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Can residents and fellows join HealthTap to answer patient questions? Do their answers on HealthTap need to be reviewed and confirmed by an Attending?

Good question : people at Healthtap are really superb. Please call them and they can answer this and any question you may have. They are really there to help you and patients ...Read more

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No one answers questions here?

No one answers questions here?

The lights are on...: The lights are on, and many volunteer doctors are answering members' questions throughout the country. Just send in your question from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you have a common question, there may already be an answer because very likely, another member has recently asked it. Be sure your question is written in good english, without many abbreviations, and please spell drug names. ...Read more

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Finding conflicting info on Healthtap regarding length of Valium staying in system for ua. Doctor answered me, but no other answers I've seen?

Finding conflicting info on Healthtap regarding length of Valium staying in system for ua. Doctor answered me, but no other answers I've seen?

Yes it is confusing: Yes it is confusing, because for valium itself, the half life is 36 hours by average, but it turns to an active metabolite which has 80 hr (by average) half life instead. Having that said, if we count on valium's active metabolite, it will take 240 hours (3-4 half lifes) to have valium and metabolites cleared out from your body hope this answer is final and you would not seek more help. ...Read more

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How do we breathe? (this is for an assessment question, detailed answers please!)

How do we breathe? (this is for an assessment question, detailed answers please!)

Search Internet: Rather than re-invent the wheel, especially because I have no idea how much detail you want/need, i suggest you search the internet where i found the following answers: http://www.Webmd.Com/lung/how-we-breathe, http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/health-topics/topics/hlw/whathappens.Html, http://www.Lung.Ca/children/grades4_6/respiratory/how_we_breathe.Html, and http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/breathing. ...Read more

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I sent several questions but no answer yet. Kindly check them and reply. Thanks ?

Cannot search names: I am sorry, but we cannot search this site from our end by names. Please try asking your question again. Doctors answer questions on a voluntary basis, and its hard to say when a question may be answered. ...Read more

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Why doctors have different opinions and answers?

Why doctors have different opinions and answers?

They are people: Because no two doctors are alike, they may have different opinions on things, any type of things. Likewise, that would be true of all humans... we each have our individual thoughts and ideas. ...Read more

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At this point, how valuable is genetic testing for TRD, really? Quick scan of the internet yielded competing answers (from yes to no to inconclusive).

At this point, how valuable is genetic testing for TRD, really? Quick scan of the internet yielded competing answers (from yes to no to inconclusive).

Seems fringe to me: One source of confusion is that there's a group that's promoting genetic screening for minor variants in folic acid metabolism as a major mental health breakthrough. Most pathologists remain skeptical. "Pop" testing for cytochrome p450 seems even more dubious. What will you do with a particular result? Won't you keep trying therapies and meds until something works? Don't give up. ...Read more