What are the baseline values that may be affected by antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Tests to establish baseline values of factors that may be affected by antiretroviral therapy include the following:

  • Liver function tests

  • Serum chemistries

  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)/serum creatinine

  • Fasting lipid panel

  • Vitamin B12 and folate levels

  • Thyroid function studies [99]

Other tests include urinalysis to evaluate for HIV-associated nephropathy and a drug screen to effectively exclude other metabolic and infectious etiologies. [100]


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