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Don’t forget HIV testing in the over 60s

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 12 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4352
  1. Patricia Hewitt, consultant specialist in transfusion microbiology1,
  2. Catherine Chapman, consultant in transfusion medicine2,
  3. Rekha Anand, consultant haematologist3,
  4. Nicola Hewson, associate specialist4,
  5. Su Brailsford, consultant in epidemiology and health protection5,
  6. Richard Tedder, professor of virology6
  1. 1NHS Blood and Transplant, Colindale Centre, London NW9 5BG, UK
  2. 2NHSBT Newcastle Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 3NHSBT Birmingham Centre, Birmingham, UK
  4. 4NHSBT Sheffield Centre, Sheffield, UK
  5. 5NHSBT Colindale Centre, London, UK
  6. 6Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, London, UK
  1. patricia.hewitt{at}

White reported routine offers of HIV tests at an accident and emergency department,1 while Das and colleagues discussed primary HIV infection as “easily missed.”2 Our recent experience with three older people suggests that opportunistic offers of HIV testing should be more widespread.

All three were repeat blood donors aged over 64 years who had seroconverted since their …

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