Rountine Blood Test at Physical Exam

Question

Hello,

I had a blood screening two months ago and everything came back normal. The test included testing my WBC (White blood Cell) and RBC (Red Blood Cell) count. My question is can a routine blood test detect symptons of HIV? Just so you know I did go ahead and get a HIV antibody test this morning and is anxiously waiting the results.

Answer

No, routine blood tests like WBC and RBC counts cannot detect HIV infection. The only reliable screening test is the HIV antibody test.