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Blood Testing for HIV

Jun 9, 1997

Mr. Sowadsky, My girlfriend was "raped" a year and a half ago. She has had two blood tests (standard tests, not specifically for HIV) since that time. The last test was 6 months ago. If the blood tests indicated nothing wrong, should she be concerned that she could have contacted HIV? Thank you for your reply.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question. The ONLY tests that can be used to diagnose HIV are tests that are specifically designed to detect HIV infection (antibody tests etc.). Likewise, the ONLY tests that can be used to diagnose other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) are tests that specifically look for each STD.

In other words:

DNA testing
false positives

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