ANNUAL SCREENINGS

It’s important to have an annual check of some tests to make sure that your health remains stable. Some of these tests may be done more frequently if you have a particular condition (e.g. HBA1c if you are diabetic). This page is really to make sure things aren’t forgotten during a particular year.

Some of these will be done by your regular clinic and others through your GP and National Screening Programmes.

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ROUTINE TESTS

Most clinics ask individuals to attend for Apart from the regular quarterly checks, routine blood and urine tests every three to six months.

Blood should (if possible) be taken a week or so before your appointment. If you need to fast, your should eat nothing and drink only water for 10 hours before the test.

Routine tests usually include:

  • Viral load
  • CD4 count (may be done annually)
  • Fasting lipids/fats (remember to fast)
  • Liver enzymes, kidney function, glucose and full blood count
  • Calcium and phosphate levels
  • Full blood count
  • Urine test
  • Screening for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including gonorrhoea, chlamydia and hepatitis B and C should be performed regularly in people who are sexually active (otherwise annually).
  • Your blood pressure and weight should be taken and usually a physical examination will be performed.

ANNUAL TESTS

Apart from the regular quarterly checks, an extended annual examination is recommended, including the following.

Blood tests: annual screening should include tests for syphilis, hepatitis B and C.

Bone density scans (DEXA, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry): should be performed as recommended by your doctors.

Eye and ear exam: sight and hearing deteriorate at varying rates with ageing and an annual review by an optician/hearing clinic is advisable.

Vaccinations: vaccination against in uenza is recommended every year, and your clinic doctor or GP will advise on other vaccines.

MEN

Prostate checks: Internal checks for prostate enlargement and blood for prostate speci c antigen (PSA) are not recommended as screening without symptoms.

Anal cancer screening: Men, especially those who have sex with men are at risk and should be screened at least once.

WOMEN

Cervical cancer screening: in HIV infection there is a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. It is therefore very important to have annual cervical smears and women should discuss this with their clinic doctor or GP.

Breast check: all women should be encouraged to regularly practice breast awareness to help them notice any unusual changes that may be signs of breast cancer; CLICK HERE for more info on breast checks.

Mammograms should be performed every 1-2 years after the age of 50.