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Letters HIV testing

Implementation of HIV testing is patchy in the UK

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4842
  1. Rahma Elmahdi, MBBS/PhD student1,
  2. Helen Ward, professor of public health1,
  3. Graham Cooke, clinical senior lecturer in infectious diseases1,
  4. Sarah Fidler, reader in communicable diseases1
  1. 1St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London, London W2 1PG, UK
  1. rahma.elmahdi07{at}

The clinical review on HIV testing and management is welcome and timely.1 Since the publication of guidelines on testing in 2008, implementation has been patchy. We recently conducted a systematic review of implementation of these guidelines in the UK; the overall estimate of test coverage was only 27.2% (95% CI 22.4% to 32%) in eligible populations outside of antenatal and sexual health …

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