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Increasingly effective antiretroviral therapy provides a strong rationale for seeking early diagnosis in order to reduce morbidity and prolonged life expectancy. Relatively little is known about how access and disease stage at diagnosis varies by ethnic or demographic factors.1–6 These factors were examined in patients at two hospitals in south London.
The study population comprised all patients with newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS registered at St Thomas's or Lewisham Hospitals between 1 July 1995 and 31 January 1999. Data from medical records was analysed using spss for Windows. Univariate analyses were conducted using χ2 tests. Multiple logistic regression was used to analyse predictor variables for (1) a depressed initial CD4+ count (≤350 ×106/l) and (2) an initial HIV/AIDS diagnosis. The models …