HIV testing should rise in areas of high prevalence, report says

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 26 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2748
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Screening for HIV should be automatically offered to new patients aged 15-59 in general practice and hospitals in parts of the United Kingdom with a high prevalence of the infection to try to reduce the rising number of new cases, says the Health Protection Agency.

    An estimated 77 400 people had HIV in the UK in 2007, with 28% unaware of their infection, the agency’s annual reports on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among gay men, has found.

    All new patients aged 15-59 who register with a GP should be offered an HIV test along with patients admitted to hospital in areas where there are at least two HIV cases per …

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