Does A Complete Blood Count Usually Detect HIV / AIDS?

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Morning doc, want to ask whether a complete blood test can detect HIV / AIDS when viewed from the results of leukocytes on the results of the examination?

1 Answer:

Hello Piet Warkawani, Thank you for the question.


To detect whether someone is infected with HIV, can not be done from regular routine blood tests, it is necessary to have blood tests aimed at detecting HIV infection, namely the HIV test. Initial HIV testing is available in several types of tests, namely:

examination to detect antibodies / immune substances that are formed when HIV infection occurs in the body
examination to detect a combination of antibodies and antigens / proteins that are on the surface of the virus

An HIV test is usually recommended by a doctor if you have a risk of contracting HIV, for example, frequent body contact without a condom. In addition, someone will also be advised to undergo an HIV test if they have same-sex sexual relations, use injecting drugs, receive blood transfusions that are contaminated with this virus, pregnant women, and babies from mothers who suffer from HIV.


Therefore, if you take an action that is at risk of contracting HIV, please immediately visit the nearest hospital and consult a doctor at voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services to undergo an HIV test.


To prevent HIV infection, it is recommended that you:

Do not keep changing partners and always use condoms when having sex
do not use injecting drugs or share needles with others
receive blood transfusion in accordance with doctor's advice

Hopefully this information helps you.

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