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Time to Test conference emphasises the need for earlier and wider HIV testing

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6949
  1. Matthew Billingsley
  1. 1BMJ

Earlier testing of a wider range of patients could reduce the number of undiagnosed HIV cases, said speakers at the Time to Test conference in London on 1 December.

To coincide with World AIDS Day and the findings of several studies sponsored by the Department of Health, delegates at the conference were told that only one quarter of undiagnosed HIV positive patients are correctly targeted and diagnosed by clinicians. Offering HIV testing earlier and for all admissions could help identify the remaining three quarters that are currently missed.

Another key message from the studies was that HIV diagnoses …

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