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Letters Recurrent respiratory infection

HIV needs to be excluded

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 01 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5135
  1. Paul Collini, clinical lecturer in infectious diseases1,
  2. Julia Greig, consultant in infectious diseases1
  1. 1University of Sheffield, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF
  1. p.collini{at}

    Wood and Peckham discuss the investigation of primary and secondary immunodeficiency in people presenting to primary care with recurrent respiratory tract infections.1 We disagree that HIV is an unlikely underlying cause if there is no history of high risk sex or misuse of intravenous drugs. HIV infection should always be excluded, …

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