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Will Herpes test detect HIV?

Mar 25, 2009

Doctor Bob,

I have had a genital swab test done for Herpes. The test being done is a PCR test.

Because HIV can be detected by PCR does this mean that this test will detect HIV if it is present in my body?


Response from Dr. Frascino


Will a herpes test detect HIV? No, of course not. If it did, it would be called an HIV test, right? PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. It's a laboratory technique used in many tests. It is not specific for HIV.

If you're concerned about HIV, you need an HIV-specific test.

Dr. Bob

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