Doctors Are ‘Missing HIV Signs’
Many doctors are missing the signs that patients could be infected with HIV, researchers said after they found that one in four people with the disease could have been diagnosed at an earlier stage. People who are diagnosed with more advanced HIV have a tenfold increased risk of death in the first year compared to those diagnosed with earlier stages of infection, they said. The author of the report, Dr Ed Ong said: “Our data shows one in four people living with HIV could have had their condition diagnosed earlier. ”This is a serious wake-up call, and shows we need a pro-active and widespread testing programme which is tailored to those people who are most at risk.” BHIVA chair Professor Jane Anderson added: “Late diagnosis is the single biggest cause of death from HIV in the UK. It increases the risk of HIV related ill-health, of HIV being acquired by others, and significantly increases the costs of treatment. ”HIV is treatable, and if diagnosed in time, people with HIV can expect to have long and healthy lives. Sadly, opportunities for longer life expectancy for people with HIV are being thrown away by late diagnosis.” For more details, click HERE! To find out about MESMAC’s FREE HIV testing service click HERE!