Mar 18, 2007
I heard recently that the OraSure and OraQuick HIV tests can also tell what other STI's someone may have had in the past or currently is infected with. I was told the test(s) could be a "Parent's Dream Come True" ie., as a way of checking on their child's sexual activity. Is this true? Thanks so much for your response.
Response from Dr. Frascino
And just where did you learn this little known factoid? The "Journal of Irreproducible Results?" No, sweetie, despite what you heard, OraSure and OraQuick HIV tests test only for HIV. That's why we call them HIV tests! Clever, eh? If indeed there was a way for parents to check up on their child's sexual activity, it most likely would not be "A Parent's Dream Come True," but rather "A Parent's Worst Nightmare." Especially for all those parents who subjected their kids to "abstinence-only sex education" programs and coerced their horny kids into signing "virginity pledges!"
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