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J R Army Med Corps. 2016 Aug;162(4):302-4. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2015-000428. Epub 2015 Jun 21.

A missed diagnosis of advanced HIV.

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1
Department of Military Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK.
2
Department of Sexual Health, Directorate of Infection Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK Military Advice and Sexual Health/HIV service (MASHH), Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK.

Abstract

HIV is now a manageable chronic condition with a near-normal life expectancy if diagnosed early. Treatment can be a simple 'one tablet, once a day' regimen with minimal side effects or interactions with other medication. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals' perception of risk of HIV infection is often incorrect and patients remain undiagnosed because healthcare professionals assume that their patients are not at risk of HIV. This report demonstrates a case of missed HIV diagnosis in the military primary care setting and its consequences because of incorrect assumption rather than presenting clinical conditions.

KEYWORDS:

GENITOURINARY MEDICINE; INFECTIOUS DISEASES

PMID:
26099685
DOI:
10.1136/jramc-2015-000428
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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