Frequently Asked Questions


For which tests will a patient have to come fasting to the laboratory?

Patient should come fasting for the following tests: Glucose, Insulin, Sedimentation Rate, Uric Acid, Lipid Profile (Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL, Triglycerides, Cholesterol Ratio).


Are there other laboratory tests that must be practiced in specific conditions?

Men should refrain from sexual activity during the three (3) days before a semen analysis. Massage and prostate biopsy as well as transrectal ultrasound can cause a clinically significant elevation of PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood. It is not advised to determine the PSA blood immediately after the practice of these procedures.


Will a patient have need an appointment for a blood test?

The laboratory BIOMED works without appointment from Monday to Friday from 7 am to 4 o'clock pm, on Saturday from 7 am to noon in Port-au-Prince, Monday to Friday from 7:50 am to 3 pm and Saturday from 7:50 to 12pm in Petion-Ville. However, in cases where the patient can not move the patient or his doctor calls the lab to schedule an appointment for a blood test at home.


To whom can the patient's results can be released to?

The privilege requires that the patient records remain confidential. Consequently, the results can be delivered to the patient himself, to another person duly authorized or to a physician designated by the patient.


What do they call "bad" cholesterol?

The LDL cholesterol is commonly called bad cholesterol because there is a link between high LDL cholesterol and the risk of atherosclerosis.