Missed testing opportunities contribute to late HIV diagnoses

Targeted testing of patients with gonorrhoea is advised, researchers say

Missed HIV testing opportunities in high-risk patients with STIs are leading to unacceptably high rates of missed or late HIV diagnoses, a study shows.

urine sample for STIs

In a retrospective study of 6400 people diagnosed with HIV in NSW between 1993-2012, clinical encounters for those with gonorrhoea and syphilis, and hospital admissions for mental health, drug-related or gastrointestinal diagnoses, were significantly higher among patients with undiagnosed HIV.

The median time between a clinical opportunity for earlier HIV diagnosis and actual HIV