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Rising HIV prevalence in STD clinic attenders at Chandigarh (north India)— a relatively low prevalence area
  1. Bhushan Kumar,
  2. Somesh Gupta
  1. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160 012, India
  1. Dr Kumar

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Editor,—The patients attending the STD clinics are at risk of having concurrent HIV infection. The trends of HIV infection in these patients may reflect the trends of HIV epidemic in the community. We have analysed the HIV status of 981 patients (824 males, 157 females) who attended our STD clinic from January 1993 to July 1999 (about 6½ years). The screening for HIV was done by ELISA. Those who were found positive were tested by repeat ELISA utilising another blood sample and considered HIV seropositive only, if both samples were found positive. The STDs were diagnosed by appropriate laboratory tests. The majority of the attenders had STDs; …

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