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can hiv show up in a normal blood test

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience Pathology
No.: If you mean a complete blood count (CBC) as a 'regular blood test', then HIV would not be diagnosed. In order to confirm a diagnosis of HIV infection ... Read More

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A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: A grown-up does well to be tested yearly for HIV. Routine bloodwork doesn't include an HIV assay, and consent is always required. Best wishes.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eldridge Burns
29 years experience Family Medicine
Separate test: Specific testing is required to diagnose HIV status...Not a part of normal bloodwork.
A female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: If I understand your question HIV is not diagnosed by routine blood tests. You must have blood tests specifically designed to test for HIV.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amar Ashraf
Specializes in Infectious Disease
No: Blood test for HIV antibody (commonly known as HIV test) usually positive by 4 weeks of infection, few cases may take about 3 months . Special test li ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean answered
42 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
Only if HIV checked: Unless it was a specific test for HIV, a routine blood test will not give any information regarding HIV status.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
A hint only: Regular blood test or blood cell count will show if the number of your white blood cells, especially the lymphocytes, is abnormal..these are the cell ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
CD4 and viral load: People with HIV are monitored for severity of disease by testing for CD 4 cell count and HIV viral load. If CD 4 is low or viral load is high, that wo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
It depends on: the type of blood test. If it was not an HIV test, or a test assessing an HIV-related complication, it may not necessarily turn out abnormal.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rosenthal
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends on the test: The older third generation HIV screening test did not show HIV for 2 to 8 weeks (average 25 days). The fourth generation tests which were just approv ... Read More
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