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Early HIV detection easily missed by doctors

Most physicians are unable to use clinical skills to detect HIV infection, Canadian researchers say.

Analysing data from 24,000 patients, researchers discovered physicians have great difficulty recognising the presence of early HIV infection through clinical exam alone.

This is despite the belief that early infection presents with a well recognised flu-like syndrome. Past research shows fever, nausea and weight loss are symptoms of early HIV infection.

Lead author Evan Wood said the study was not critical of physicians, but rather highlighted the importance of routine HIV testing.

Read more at University of British Columbia

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