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New Recommendations: Some Diseases May Predict Infection With HIV


New Recommendations: Some Diseases May Predict Infection With HIV

(ePharmaNews) – An international study under the leadership of the HIV in Europe initiative has now revealed that a number of diseases should be on the list of indicators for having HIV - and thus serve to prompt health care professionals to suggest an HIV-test to their patients.

The new results and guidelines are to be debated at a major international HIV conference in Copenhagen on 19th-20th March.
“We could see that if an adult had a sexually transmitted infection, malignant lymphoma, cervical or anal cancer/dysplasia, herpes zoster, hepatitis B or C, ongoing mononucleosis-like illness, inexplicable, persistent decline in the number of circulating white blood cells, or seborrheic dermatitis/exanthema, the risk of HIV infection was so high that it would be cost-effectiveness for society to routinely offer them a test,” Professor Lundgren says. He also emphasises that the new indicator diseases do not necessarily mean that the patient has HIV.

UNAIDS has estimated that 2,5 million Europeans carry an HIV infection, and as many as 900 000 of these, are still unaware of this.

However, the sooner HIV-infected individuals receive a diagnosis and start therapy, the greater are their chances of survival and their quality of life. And new research also shows therapy lowers the risk of passing the infection on to someone else.

“We already have a list of Aids defining diseases, the vast majority of which indicate a weak immune system. This is a symptom of HIV and should lead to an immediate HIV test,” Professor Lundgren explains. “We nned to find people living with HIV sooner than is currently the case, but to do so requires that doctors and other health care professionals offer tests to people presenting with diseases indicative of a hidden and undiagnosed HIV infection earlier in the course of the disease.”

“But the incidence of HIV is greater for these eight indicator diseases and they should encourage health care professionals to offer the patient an HIV test. Draft guidelines on how to ensure this throughout Europe are one of the topics we need to debate and decide on, before they can be implemented.” He concluded.


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