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A missed diagnosis of advanced HIV
  1. Aaron Mason1 and
  2. Ngozi Dufty2,3
  1. 1Department of Military Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Sexual Health, Directorate of Infection Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Military Advice and Sexual Health/HIV service (MASHH), Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lt Col Ngozi Dufty, Department of Sexual Health, Directorate of Infection Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK; ngozi.dufty{at}nhs.net

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.

  • INFECTIOUS DISEASES
  • GENITOURINARY MEDICINE
  • Received February 17, 2015.
  • Revision received May 12, 2015.
  • Accepted May 14, 2015.

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  • Received February 17, 2015.
  • Revision received May 12, 2015.
  • Accepted May 14, 2015.
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