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Continuing burden of HIV late presenters in the North East of England 2009
Journal of the International AIDS Society volume 13, Article number: P107 (2010)
A retrospective case-note audit was undertaken in the ID/GUM clinics for all patients who were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2009. Patients were characterised as late presenters if they presented with a CD4 count of less than 200 or an AIDS defining illness. Medical records were reviewed to determine whether the patients had previously been diagnosed with a clinical indicator disease as defined by the UK National HIV Testing Guidelines, 2008, which might have facilitated earlier diagnosis of HIV. These 2009 data were compared with previous 2007 and 2008 data.
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Significant numbers of patients (53% in ID; 27% in GUM) still present with advanced HIV disease in the North East of England in 2009 despite the publications of the National UK Testing Guidelines in 2008. The numbers of late presenters have not changed as compared to 2007 and 2008. This is despite that a large proportion having had previous indicator diseases that should have prompt clinicians to test for HIV. Further education and awareness of the UK National Testing Guidelines 2008 should be encouraged if this burden of late presenters is to be reduced.
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Premchand, N., Golds, K., Tan, P. et al. Continuing burden of HIV late presenters in the North East of England 2009. JIAS 13 (Suppl 4), P107 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1186/1758-2652-13-S4-P107
- Infectious Disease
- Medical Record
- Early Diagnosis
- Clinical Indicator
- Late Presentation