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London hospital says it will continue to offer HIV tests to all accident and emergency patients after trial

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3705 (Published 13 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3705

New NICE guidance advocates wider testing

Recent NICE guidance recommends much wider use of routine HIV testing. In areas with diagnosed prevalence greater than 2 per 1000, this includes:

  • Offering and recommending the test "to anyone who has a blood test (regardless of the reason)".
  • Considering offering and recommending the test to all medical admissions and all patients registering in general practice.

References:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011. Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans in England.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011. Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among men who have sex with men.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 June 2011
Hilary Curtis
Independent consultant
London NW6 7HF