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    HIV testing: providing information

    Dear Editor

    I agree with Dr Carne that the requirement to offer 90% (next year 100%) of our new patients an HIV test precludes us from offering everyone discussion about the HIV test as recommended by the UK Departments of Health in their Guidelines on HIV Pre-test Discussion.[1] However, the guidelines still include the statement that for, "individuals actively seeking an HIV test for the first occasion, here a...

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    Re: Theory and Practice

    Dear Editor

    I am grateful for Dr Watson's generous comments.

    I agree that presenting an appropriate amount of written information to substitute for an HIV pre-test discussion is problematical. We introduced such a system with some misgivings but felt that it was the only way that we could comply with the Royal College of Physicians second Speciality Specific Standard without seriously disrupting the se...

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    Theory and Practice

    Dear Editor

    This article, and that by Bradbeer and Mears, are to be applauded. Their value will be all the greater if specific examples of the recommendations are shared and adopted by the specialty. In particular I would be interested to see a brief information sheet that can replace verbal discussion about HIV testing and still deliver the recommended five main components of pre-test discussion.[1] I have tried...

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