|Do blood tests show hiv?
Feb 16, 2003
I would like to know, if regular blood tests, CBC, and pre-surgical blood labs would tell if a person is HIV or not? I have had alot of tests done over the past year, and I was just wondering if I were Positive,if it would show up on any of the blood work Ive had or if I would have to ask for an actual HIV test to be done in order to be sure? I would hope that before any kind of surgery, a hospital would definately check to see if a patient was HIV positive or not and if they were, would inform the patient of that information. I do not think I have HIV, but this is just a question Ive been curious about.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
No, general medical labs will not tell you whether you have HIV infection. In most places you would have to give permission for them to do a HIV test, so it's unlikely they would do it without your knowledge.
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