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HIV antibody test should be a routine investigation for undiagnosed pneumonia

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1363
  1. G M Scott
  1. Consultant microbiologist Department of Clinical Microbiology, University College Hospital, London WC1E 6DB

    EDITOR,—The General Medical Council's booklets Duties of a Doctor set out the basic essentials of good medical practice for three topics—confidentiality, advertising, and HIV infection and AIDS.1 2 3 Having a separate booklet about HIV infection perpetuates the myth that this is different from all other conditions.

    A 37 year old man was referred with a three week history of cough, fever, and weight loss. A chest x ray film was normal one week into the illness. He had basal crepitations and bilateral shadowing in …

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