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Why no immediate HIV test yet?

Oct 11, 2009

I've always wondered why an immediate HIV test has not been produced? If you could test a sex partner and get a result immediately, this would help prevent HIV infections.

I understand that someone can have HIV before it shows up on a test; however, it would help to identify those who have HIV that will show up. Is it because of lack of technology or legal issues? Would companies be worried about lawsuits if the test showed negative when the person was actually positive? I'm sure like many other companies they could put a disclaimer in huge bold print.

It just seems like a pop-HIV test would help prevent thousands of infections.


Response from Dr. Frascino


This is not a legal issue, but rather "lack of technology." Testing for HIV is a rather complex process!

Dr. Bob

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