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Can HIV be detected in semen?
Jun 4, 2006

Doctor,

I know HIV may be transmitted in blood / blood products and semen but can a MD detect the virus in semen?

Would you say that this would have ramifications for CSI's looking at victims of rape? Or even sperm banks - is there a possibility for the virus to be transmitted there?

Thanks Dr.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Tests can detect HIV in semen. These tests are used for research purposes and would not be helpful in rape cases for a variety of technical reasons.

Sperm banks do screen all samples for HIV.

Dr. Bob



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