|hiv2 in mexico ???
Jul 28, 2002
Dear Dr. Kull,
I had a high risk exposure in Tijuana, Mexico. Do I need to be tested for HIV 2 ?
The orasure test covers only HIV 1....is this correct ?
Please throw some light on this.
| Response from Mr. Kull
The Orasure test, an antibody test that uses oral fluid as opposed to blood, currently tests for HIV-1 antibodies.
HIV-2 is endemic in west African countries. The prevalance of HIV-2 in other areas of the world are too small to merit routine screening for HIV-2.
HIV-1 antibody tests will detect antibodies to HIV-2 about 70% of the time. If there is a risk for exposure to HIV-2 (sexual or needle-sharing contact with persons at risk from west African countries), HIV-2 antibody tests should be used. Testing sites in the United States are increasingly using HIV-1/2 testing.
Significant rates of HIV-2 have been identified in the urban areas of Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, and Cape Verde. HIV-2 antibody testing would be recommended for anyone having exposures in these regions.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.