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I'm just wondering if anyone out there has any idea how an orally administered test can detect the presence of HIV since HIV does not exist in saliva?  It just doesn't make any sense to me.  Does saliva start to create special digestive enzymes specific only when the body is infected with HIV?
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That's right, I knew that!:) Even the western blot will look for antibodies, not the virus, and will come back 'reactive' or 'non-reactive'. I'm tired and not thinking clearly.
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