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May 11, 2007

Hi Dr Bob; Just a quick question. when is HIV testing for HIV-2 indicated?

Thanks. Alec.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Alec,

The CDC recommends HIV-2 testing for:

1. natives of endemic areas (West African countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, So Tomé, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo plus two other African countries Angola and Mozambique

2. needle-sharing and sex partners of persons from an endemic area

3. sex partners or needle-sharing partners of persons with known HIV-2 infection

4. persons who received transfusions or nonsterile injections in endemic areas

5. children of women at risk for HIV-2 infection.

Dr. Bob

Could you have been wrong?

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