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HIV tests and Full Blood Counts
Oct 30, 2003

hi doctor frascino,

i would just like to say that your work here is marvellous and REALLY helpful!

a couple of months back (in late May)i had unprotected oral and vaginal sex with someone (whose sexual history i know nothing about).i have only had sex with her once though..

as i recently had an operation done not too long ago(beginning sept.), i would like to know if a full blood count test that i had would determine if i had the hiv virus?

would there be something that the full blood count won't/can't detect (Lymphocytes-wise)?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) cannot detect HIV infection. Only an HIV-specific blood test can do that. Unprotected sex does place you at some degree of risk for STD's, including HIV. Wait at least 3 months from the time of possible exposure to take an HIV test. Tests taken prior to 3 months are not considered definitive. Other STD screening, if you have any symptoms, can be done sooner.

Hope that helps clarify things for you.

Dr. Bob



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