Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7033.776b (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:776
  1. Thomas V Perneger,
  2. Philippe Sudre,
  3. Bernard Hirschel,
  4. Jens D Lundgren
  1. Medical epidemiologist Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Geneva, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
  2. Medical epidemiologist Professor Division of Infectious Diseases, Geneva University Hospital, 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland
  3. Attending physician Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Copenhagen, Hvidovre Hospital, 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark

    EDITOR,—Anyone who works with patients with AIDS is unlikely to believe that the phrase “over 13 years” in the subtitle of our paper referred to survival rather than to the study's duration. Similarly, only casual readers will have missed our reporting of median survival in both the results section and the abstract.

    The Centers for Disease Control's 1987 definition of AIDS was used for all participants in the study. Because participants were identified a posteriori, from the medical records of all HIV positive patients, this definition …

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