A 19-year-old female asked:
if someone gets blood drawn to determine cause of illness, could hiv be detected although it's not specifically a hiv test?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: To find HIV, the lab would have to do an HIV test to look for it. Otherwise, there would be no way to see if there is any HIV. Only an HIV test can detect HIV. Adults can get HIV screening tests ordered with their regular check-ups, if they are sexually active and/or have risk factors for catching HIV.
Last updated Mar 13, 2016
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