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just quick question..? please
Jan 25, 2010

i just want to get these facts right, if u are going for a HIV test,most time they take the blood form your forearm..? someone told me that they had a HIV test & they just prick finger, and done the test like that..? true/ false

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

This isn't a true/false question! It's an a, b or c-type question.

A. Blood from forearm.

B. Blood from finger prick.

C.All the above.

The correct answer is C! Some HIV-antibody tests, ELISA for instance, use venipuncture (blood from forearm). Other HIV-antibody tests (rapid tests) use a finger prick technique. You can read much more about HIV diagnostic tests in the archives of this forum.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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