Will Herpes test detect HIV?
Mar 25, 2009
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.
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