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General question on covid19 test and HIV inter relationship

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: April 29, 2020 1:14 AM

Anonymous 7 months

Hi …I may just overthinking about some questions in mind.I have a question in regard to the covid 19 & HIV. If a hive person attends any of covid test (swab/PCR/rapidtest) .does HIV will also be detected or It will detect only covid releated

Dr Sashini Seeni 7 months
General Practitioner

Greetings!

Thank you for your question. The COVID-19 test does not detects HIV. The method of detection uses polymerase chain reaction or rapid test kits which detects certain protein only available on the surface of the COVID-19 virus capsule. I hope this answers your question.

You may consult a MOH doctor by clicking Ask Doctor at the Ministry of Health website (COVID-19 Portal) to ask any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

After 5.00 pm till 12.00 am, please direct your enquiries to our DoctorOnCall website at this link DoctorOnCall Tanya.

Last Updated: Wed Apr 29 2020 01:14:38 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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