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Can a simple blood test determine whether you have HIV?
Diet & Health / 4:45 PM - Monday June 03, 2013

Can a simple blood test determine whether you have HIV?


- Asked by angelnicole81, A Sweet Sarah, Female, 29-35

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Yes.

- Response by A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?

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Yes. They have to be testing for the HIV virus. But it is only a simple blood test to find out if you are infected. I believe you can even order the test online and mail it in using only numbers instead of your name. They will mail back results and all will stay confidential.

- Response by randyl, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Los Angeles, Who Cares?

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Blood tests look for what they look for, so if you go in to find out whether you're anemic or not, they're not going to run an HIV panel. Yes, a simple blood test can find HIV, but only if it's tested FOR HIV.

- Response by diznykd, A Thinker, Female, 46-55, Lawyer

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Yes, Call Your Doctor. They Can Draw Your Blood Than Send It To A Lab To Get Tested For Any Test You Want.

- Response by nationalguardwife04, A Married Girl, Female, 36-45, Medical / Dental

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An HIV blood test will only look for ANTIBODIES, it does not test for the actual virus. The presence of antibodies only says you've been exposed to the virus, it doesn't mean you HAVE the virus. It's a much different process to confirm that you have the actual virus.
Also-- a positive return does not mean you'll contract AIDS.

- Response by chesterdad, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, San Francisco

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Yes, but not always within the first 6 months of you contracting it.

You need to WAIT 6 months from when you think you may have been exposed to the virus.
The virus count has to be high enough to be testable.


Yes, they can do a blood test or a cheek cell swab test.

- Response by discotrash, A Career Woman, Female, 29-35, Las Vegas, Other Profession

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