HIV-2?

Question

Hello... I got an HIV test done 2 weeks ago and it came back negative. Does that mean they tested for HIV-2 also? Thank you for your time and y'all are doing a great job. BM

Answer

Some licensed HIV antibody tests in the United States can reliably detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies and other licensed tests can only reliably detect HIV-1 antibodies. I suggest you call the laboratory which performed your testing to find out if the test kit they use can detect HIV-2 antibody.

BJ