Missed opportunities for HIV testing among patients newly presenting for HIV care at a Swiss university hospital: a retrospective analysis.

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Title
Missed opportunities for HIV testing among patients newly presenting for HIV care at a Swiss university hospital: a retrospective analysis.
Journal
BMJ open
Author(s)
Lhopitallier L., Moulin E., Hugli O., Cavassini M., Darling KEA
ISSN
2044-6055 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
2044-6055
Publication state
Published
Issued date
12/06/2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
8
Number
6
Pages
e019806
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Publication Status: epublish
Abstract
To determine the frequency of missed opportunities (MOs) among patients newly diagnosed with HIV, risk factors for presenting MOs and the association between MOs and late presentation (LP) to care.
Retrospective analysis.
HIV outpatient clinic at a Swiss tertiary hospital.
Patients aged ≥18 years newly presenting for HIV care between 2010 and 2015.
Number of medical visits, up to 5 years preceding HIV diagnosis, at which HIV testing had been indicated, according to Swiss HIV testing recommendations. A visit at which testing was indicated but not performed was considered an MO for HIV testing.
Complete records were available for all 201 new patients of whom 51% were male and 33% from sub-Saharan Africa. Thirty patients (15%) presented with acute HIV infection while 119 patients (59%) were LPs (CD4 counts <350 cells/mm <sup>3</sup> at diagnosis). Ninety-four patients (47%) had presented at least one MO, of whom 44 (47%) had multiple MOs. MOs were more frequent among individuals from sub-Saharan Africa, men who have sex with men and patients under follow-up for chronic disease. MOs were less frequent in LPs than non-LPs (42.5% vs 57.5%, p=0.03).
At our centre, 47% of patients presented at least one MO. While our LP rate was higher than the national figure of 49.8%, LPs were less likely to experience MOs, suggesting that these patients were diagnosed late through presenting late, rather than through being failed by our hospital. We conclude that, in addition to optimising provider-initiated testing, access to testing must be improved among patients who are unaware that they are at HIV risk and who do not seek healthcare.
Keywords
Adolescent, Adult, Africa South of the Sahara/ethnology, Aged, Ambulatory Care, Delayed Diagnosis/statistics & numerical data, Female, HIV Infections/diagnosis, HIV Infections/ethnology, Homosexuality, Male/statistics & numerical data, Hospitals, University, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Mass Screening/methods, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Switzerland, Young Adult, Hiv diagnosis, Hiv indicator conditions, Hiv testing, late presenters, missed opportunities
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