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    How is HIV diagnosed?

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  • I have been a paediatric registered nurse for over twenty years. I am trained asthma educator, early childhood nurse and currently work in the area … View Profile

    HIV (human immunodeficiency disease) is diagnosed by blood tests. At first a doctor will look to see if you have antibodies for the disease in your blood, if antibodies are found then another blood test will be done to look for the actual RNA of the HIV in your blood. If  you think you have HIV speak to your GP or go to your local sexual health service. The only exception to diagnosing HIV with antibody testing is in children. If you suspect a infant or child has HIV seek medical help at your local childrens hospital or GP. 

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