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A 24-year-old male asked:

It is known that hiv spreads from genital fluids. so why no test is done taking semen as a subject. hiv is definitely present in the semen.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Blood easier: Most of the tests are based on detecting antibodies to HIV, not HIV per se. Antibodies are present in blood and blood is easier to collect than semen. Finally women can not provide semen.

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Last updated Jul 22, 2014

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