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O135. A pilot study to determine the prevalence of HIV in persons presenting for care with selected conditions: preliminary results from the HIV in Europe study
© Sönnerborg et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Published: 8 November 2010
Purpose of the study
A pilot study was initiated in Autumn 2009 to better define which diseases have a HIV prevalence of >0.1 % as HIV testing of populations with a HIV prevalence above this has shown to be cost-effective. The preliminary results are reported here.
A detailed questionnaire was completed for persons presenting with 8 different indicator diseases; sexually transmitted disease (STD), malignant lymphoma (LYM), cervical or anal cancer/dysplasia (CAN), herpes zoster (HER), ongoing mononucleosis-like illness (MON), unexplained leukocytopenia / thrombocytopenia lasting >4 weeks (CYT), and seborrheic dermatitis/exanthema (SEB).
The first results of this pilot study demonstrates the potential benefit of guided HIV testing of patients with selected indicator diseases, as a number of persons have been identified to be HIV-positive. A significant proportion of the persons had previously been hospitalised or reported HIV-associated symptoms but had not been tested. Physicians in some specialities are however reluctant to adopt this testing strategy.
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