|Can HIV be detected in semen?
Jun 4, 2006
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?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
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.
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