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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 93-95

Routine HIV testing in urological patients: is it desirable ?


Departments of Urology and HIV Surveillance Centre, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221005, India

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Vibhav Malviya
Departments of Urology and HIV Surveillance Centre, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221005
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The incidence of HIV infection has increased tremen­dously over the last few years. National AIDS control or­ganisation has estimated that about 3.5 million persons in the reproductive age group in India are harbouring HIV infection. The positivity rate of HIV-tested persons has shown a rising trend with 0.8% in 1989, 1.4% in 1993 and 2.4% in 1998. In our study we found 19 HIV positive patients out of 776 patients before any urological procedure. HIV in­fection was found both in males and females and in al­most all types of urological dirorders. Routine HIV testing is usually not carried out at most centres and the medical fraternity is constantly exposed to the risk of HIV infection which can have wide-ranging implications in a health professional's life. We should all strive, for routine HIV testing before undertaking patients for any procedure.


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