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Is an annual physical enough?

Sep 6, 2001

I am nervous as hell about taking an HIV test, although I take an annual physical like clockwork? Can a physical reveal anything that would provide insight without taking the test?

Response from Mr. Kull

It is unlikely that an annual physical will reveal asymptomatic HIV infection. Clinical and standard laboratory exams may only detect HIV infection during the late stage of infection (AIDS), when opportunistic infections may be present and immune function is severely compromised. The only way to effectively determine your HIV status is to have an HIV antibody test. Try talking to your doctor, counselor, or experienced friend about your fears of taking the test.


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