How long does it take to get the results?
Commercial labs often give faster results (usually within 4 weeks) than research centers (a minimum of 4 weeks, often longer).
How will you get your results?
Typically, results are sent to your doctor or genetic counselor, who reports them to you. A critical part of genetic risk assessment is the responsible and sensitive disclosure of test results. Be sure to ask your doctor or genetic counselor when, how, and where you will find out the results.
You may wish to bring someone along when you get your results. If you are told you have a genetic mutation, having someone who cares about you at your side can be very reassuring. Because a great deal of information is discussed, it may also be helpful to have another person to listen and help remember what was said.
Of course, genetic information can affect the whole family. You might be going through this process with your family involved, in which case they may join you when you get the results. O...
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San Francisco -- Yesterday I was wearing Band-aids on six of my fingers. I had my A1C tested six times in one day with five different systems. I'm in San Francisco at what is probably the only place in the world
where I could have this bloody experience. It's the annual Scientific
Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The consistency of the results of these six tests is good news for
people with diabetes. Each of these tests claim to be certified by the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) or comparable to it, and the closeness of the results confirm these claims. But my higher numbers from a year ago was bad news for me. At last
year's ADA in Chicago only three booths offered A1C tests. My results
varied from 4.6 with Bayer HealthCare's A1CNow+ to 5.1 with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics' DCA 2000+ Anaylzer to 5.3 with the Bio-Rad in2it A1C Anaylzer . Those results for a person with typ...
HIV hasn't disappeared. The numbers are still haunting. Half of all new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 25. This equates with 2 new infections every hour of every day in this population. The good news is that early detection of the disease will make treatment more successful, and testing is a relatively easy and cheap (often free) process. By testing yourself now, you not only help yourself, you also protect those around you from becoming infected. Should I Get Tested? In a lecture on AIDS, an infectious disease specialist was asked how he determined whether to test a patient for HIV. The specialist replied, "My policy is, if they have a sexual organ, I test "em." In other words, everyone who has sex is at risk of getting HIV. You should consider getting tested if you: Are sexually active, regardless of your sexual orientation or number of partners Have ever used intravenous drugs or shared needles Have ever had a blood transfusion, particularly if ...
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