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Uptake of HIV testing in patients with a confirmed sexually transmitted infection
  1. S Day,
  2. D Lakhani,
  3. C Rodgers
  1. Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Sara Day, Lydia Department, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, St Thomas’s Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK;

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UK seroprevalence rates indicate that up to 50% of HIV positive patients in genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics remain undiagnosed.1 HIV is mainly identified in high risk patient groups. Sexually transmitted infections other than HIV (STIs) have been shown to facilitate and be associated with enhanced HIV transmission.2 Risk assessment for HIV, therefore, should target patients with an STI or history of recurrent STIs as a high risk group.

Targeting these patients to test for HIV at the time or 3 months after their STI diagnosis, is important as it will lengthen the “diagnosis interval” of patients testing HIV positive thereby conferring a better outcome, …

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