Review of medical encounters in the 5 years before a diagnosis of HIV-1 infection: implications for early detection.

@article{Klein2003ReviewOM,
  title={Review of medical encounters in the 5 years before a diagnosis of HIV-1 infection: implications for early detection.},
  author={Daniel Benjamin Klein and Leo Bartemeier Hurley and Deanna Merrill and Charles P. Quesenberry},
  journal={Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes},
  year={2003},
  volume={32 2},
  pages={
          143-52
        }
}
Early detection of HIV infection improves prognosis and reduces transmission, but 30%-40% of cases are diagnosed late. A comprehensive and systematic review of medical encounters before diagnosis has not been done. This study reviews 5 years of medical encounters before the diagnosis of HIV infection in members of a large managed care organization where access to care is reasonably good. Patient characteristics, HIV risk factors, and clinical events preceding diagnosis were examined and tested… CONTINUE READING

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