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Letters HIV testing

HIV testing is needed in mental health settings

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4841
  1. Christopher Hilton, consultant liaison psychiatrist1,
  2. Alan Cohen, director of primary care2,
  3. Frank Geoghegan, consultant chemical pathologist3
  1. 1Ealing Liaison Psychiatry Service (West London Mental Health Trust and Imperial College London), Ealing Hospital, London UB1 3HW, UK
  2. 2West London Mental Health Trust, Southall, UK
  3. 3Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, Ealing Hospital, London, UK
  1. christopher.hilton{at}

Rayment and colleagues recommend that HIV screening be considered for everyone registering in general practice and “all general medical admissions” in areas where prevalence is >2 per 1000.1 However, they do not comment on mental health settings. This omission is regrettable, particularly in view of current campaigns to tackle health inequalities in this group and move towards “parity of esteem.”2

International evidence indicates …

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