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Routine HIV testing when registering with GP is cost effective, shows UK study

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3658 (Published 31 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3658
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Offering HIV testing as part of routine health checks when people register at a new GP surgery is cost effective in areas with high prevalence, a UK study has shown. The researchers said that the findings support introducing routine HIV screening in primary care in all areas with similarly high rates.

The study, reported in Lancet HIV,1 analysed the cost effectiveness of HIV testing as part of registering with a new GP, on the basis of a fourfold increase in diagnosis seen in a randomised trial of routine rapid finger prick HIV testing at 40 general …

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