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Feasibility and acceptability of routine human immunodeficiency virus testing in general practice: your views.
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PMID:  23040141     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Early diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) leads to a decreased morbidity and mortality. General practice offers an important window for earlier diagnosis. The British HIV Association produced guidelines in 2008 advocating an increase in HIV testing, with specific references to primary care. This study explores the awareness of, and opinions towards, these guidelines within general practice. An email questionnaire was sent to 191 general practitioners nationwide, in both areas of high and low HIV prevalence. A total of 80 doctors replied, giving a response rate of 42%. In all, 44% of the respondents were unaware of the guidelines and 89% felt comfortable discussing and carrying out an HIV test themselves; of the 11% that did not, all but one were from low prevalence areas (P = 0.037). Respondents felt that main barrier to HIV testing was patient acceptability. Having read the guidelines, 70% believed it would be feasible to follow them in practice. Those who disagreed felt that time implications were the most important reason not to adopt the guidelines. Almost half the respondents were not aware of the guidelines; having read them, the majority felt that implementation is feasible. This demonstrates the necessity for better dissemination of these guidelines. This study found that the main barrier to performing an HIV test was felt to be patient acceptance, a contradiction to findings from recent pilot studies.
Sumeet Hindocha; Thomas Charlton; Michael Rayment; Nick Theobald
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Primary health care research & development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1477-1128     ISO Abbreviation:  Prim Health Care Res Dev     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100897390     Medline TA:  Prim Health Care Res Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-5     Citation Subset:  -    
1F1 Doctor, Department of General Surgery, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
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