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Undiagnosed HIV in women attending a sexual health clinic for non-barrier methods of contraception. Two case studies
  1. Martin Jones, RGN, MSc, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Co-ordinator
  1. Sexual Health, Eastbourne Sexual Health Clinic, Eastbourne, UK
  1. Correspondence Martin Jones, Sexual Health, Eastbourne Downs Primary Care Trust, Avenue House, The Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3XY, UK. Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 1323 444165. E-mail: martin.jones{at}eastbournedownspct.nhs.uk

Abstract

Approximately one-third of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the UK remain undiagnosed. More than half of new diagnoses in the last 2 years have been acquired through heterosexual sexual intercourse. Two cases of women with identified risk factors for HIV infection, who presented for contraception and were later found to be HIV-positive, are described. It is suggested that providers of contraception are well placed to identify clients at high risk of HIV and to recommend HIV testing.

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