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
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.
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.