HIV infection in inner city A departmentBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6944.1637a (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1637
- S E Barton,
- S J Booth
EDITOR, - M C Poznansky and colleagues' study of the prevalance of HIV infection among patients attending accident and emergency department highlights the use of accident and emergency services by HIV positive people.1 This has implications for the training of staff as well as the planning of services.
The authors' data raise important questions that require further explanation and debate. In particular, the authors found that three quarters of the patients who were HIV positive were “foreign visitors.” Their table suggests that at least five of these people (and possibly as many as eight) were registered with a general practitioner. This finding that up to 85% of the foreign visitors who were HIV positive but only 28% of those who were HIV negative were registered with a general practioner is surprising. In our experience, foreign visitors attending an accident and emergency department are unlikely to …