Martin Seifert

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g55
  1. Anne Gulland, London

Consultant rheumatologist with an important role in early HIV/AIDS research

In the 1980s, when the moral panic about HIV/AIDS was in full flow and not much was known about the disease, St Mary’s Hospital in London was at the centre of treatment and research. Martin Seifert, a consultant rheumatologist at the hospital, was not an AIDS specialist but he was a keen collaborator and, with immunologists and genitourinary specialists, he started to look at the disease with a particular focus on its connection with rheumatoid arthritis.

With colleagues he conducted various studies into HIV and arthritis, including one study of nine HIV positive men who had presented with acute peripheral arthritis. The paper recommended that the possibility of HIV should be considered in all patients with conditions suggesting reactive arthritis.1 Today these kinds of manifestations are rarely seen, as …

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