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Missed opportunities for diagnosing primary HIV infection
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    Don't tell, don't ask?

    Dear Editor,

    I was pleased that the authors suggested that missed opportunities for early diagnosis could be reduced by tackling the problem from both the patient and the provider side. They note:

    "From a patient perspective, the likelihood of future diagnosis could be improved by encouraging at-risk groups (for example, MSM) to access health care when they experience symptoms of seroconversion or followi...
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    Missed opportunities for diagnosing primary HIV infection - A response
    • Surinder Singh, Clinical Lecturer in General Practice
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      • Nick Theobald and Sara Madge

    Dear Editor,

    We agree with the authors of this paper (1) that improved awareness of Primary HIV Infection is of great importance in all areas of medical practice. Nevertheless we feel that there are some observations we wish to make.

    In a relatively small study such as this recall bias is likely to influence the findings. Although this point is discussed this bias means that the interpretation of results re...

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