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Jul 22, 2006

I was wondering. When a woman goes to the Gynecologist are there tests involved that would let her Dr. know if she was HIV Positive without her asking so?

Response from Dr. Horwath

A doctor needs to ask for a patient's consent in order to perform an HIV serology test, which is the only sure way of determining if someone is HIV-seropositive.

Obviously, if a patient is very ill or has an AIDS-defining illness, an observant doctor would guess the diagnosis without an HIV test. But illness due to HIV does not occur until many years after the initial infection in most people.



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