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Is testing everyone for HIV logical?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:563
  1. Jeffrey C McILwain (, consultant, clinical risk management
  1. Whiston Hospital, Prescot, Merseyside L35 5DR

    EDITOR—Ammann in his editorial on preventing HIV is either being deliberately provocative or has got it entirely wrong.1 Testing everyone for HIV, regardless of perceived risk factors, to break down the barrier that HIV only affects “us” and not “me,” is likely to do exactly the opposite. Labelling people as “having” and “not having” foments discrimination: it …

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