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Can HIV be detected in standard bloodtest?
Sep 29, 2000

Can HIV be detected in blood test/blood work that is not an HIV test? For example, blood taken from an expecting mother during a check up. In other words, would HIV be able to be detected in a blood test that is not an actual HIV test?

Response from Mr. Kull

HIV will not be detected unless: a) the blood test is looking for antibodies to HIV, or b) it is testing for the actual presence of virus (viral RNA or DNA by PCR). Your standard blood test does not include these types of tests. You should know if you are being HIV tested because it is required that you give formal consent to do so (private physicians do not need written consent, but they should discuss HIV testing with you before the procedure). In my experience, I have seen pregnant clients whose OB/GYNs suggested precautionary HIV testing regardless of risk history. You can discuss this with your doctor.

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