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Laboratory Diagnosis of HIV Infection


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Reasons for Testing: Late vs. Early Testers

Slide 17

October 2009

When the CDC looked at the reason that these individuals come for HIV testing, we see this graph where most of them actually present very late in their HIV infection for testing because they became ill. Whereas, if we looked at those who came for early diagnostic testing, you can see that most of them came because their partners are at risk and were found to have HIV infection, and early diagnostic testing is defined as those who were tested more than 5 years before they developed AIDS. Whereas those who actually presented for late or early testing, very few of them were tested because of routine check-up, as indicated by the 2 bars in the red circle here. So, in the effort to reduce HIV transmission, we should increase our effort by promoting HIV testing in doing a routine check-up.

Reasons for Testing


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