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Test all patients in high prevalence areas for HIV, says NICE

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 23 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1900
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

All patients living in areas in England where there is a high prevalence of HIV should be routinely offered tests for the virus, a government body has recommended.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended that patients living in areas where more than two in 1000 of the population have been diagnosed with HIV should be screened for the virus.

The guidance, which backs up recommendations made by the British HIV Association in 2008, says that doctors and other health professionals should consider offering and recommending an HIV test when registering and admitting new patients in high prevalence areas, and when they undergo …

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