oa Professional Nursing Today - Diagnosing HIV infection : HIV / AIDS



Extracted from text ... As HIV has a high seroprevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa, most primary care providers will recognise a patient with advanced disease quite readily and offer voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) to confirm the suspected diagnosis of HIV infection. Modern antiretroviral therapy (ART) results in decreased opportunistic infections, increased disease free time survival and decreased mortality.1, 2 However, patients with early disease do not present with the same features seen in advanced disease. It is also, however, of the utmost importance to also diagnose HIV infection in these individuals. Firstly, the infected person can take steps so as not to infect ..


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