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Is HIV Test Just an HIV Test
Jan 15, 2007

I am in a new relationship and before becoming intimate I am insisting that both my partner and myself be tested for std's, A local group in our area offers free HIV tests my concern is that this test will not be comprehensive and while I will not be exposing myself to HIV I could be exposing myself to other std's do these tests check specifically for HIV or will I know if my partner has something else

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

You're right. An HIV test is just that- a test for HIV. It's not a test for syphillis, warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis or anything else.

Moreover, a negative HIV test doesn't rule out recently-acquired HIV infection.

Be safe out there. BY



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