Paola Del Bravo

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OBJECTIVES The incidence of HIV and syphilis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Europe has recently increased. Rapid point-of-care tests (POCTs) for syphilis can improve access to screening. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of two syphilis POCTs compared with laboratory tests among MSM. METHODS The study was undertaken in(More)
We describe a case of symptomatic acute HIV infection in a young man where a fourth-generation rapid screening test combining HIV-specific antibody and p24 antigen was negative. In highly suspicious cases of acute HIV infection, plasma HIV RNA assays together with conventional, non-rapid screening tests should be used.
Although disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex disease occurs mainly in immunocompromised hosts, especially HIV-infected patients in the last stage of the disease (AIDS), this condition is still rare in immunocompetent subjects. We report the case of a Caucasian man who received a left ventricular assist device two years before as a bridge to heart(More)
BACKGROUND Nosocomial infection is one of the most common complications affecting patients admitted in intensive care units (ICU). The aim of this study is to evaluate rates of ICU-acquired infections, potential risk factors for these infections, causative microorganisms and antibiotic resistance patterns. METHODS A 1-day point-prevalence study was(More)
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