Q and A


Will COVID-19 antigen tests show I am HIV positive?

Hello. I’m having an antigen test for COVID-19. Will this test my cd4 count I guess? Is this test the same kind of test I will get when checking my CD4 count and viral load for my HIV doctor? Or are they different?


Thanks for letting us answer your Q online.

The COVID antigen test is only looking for SARS-CoV-2. The results don’t say anything about your HIV status.

The tests are similar to HIV antigen test that are used to diagnose HIV. But testing for COVID-19 doesn’t give any information about HIV status because the two viruses are so different.

CD4 tests look for a type of immune cell.

HIV viral load tests look for HIV.


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