Why my doctor request me to HIV test ?

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My dr request me to HIV test ? 

Is my health record show I'm risk of HIV ???

I've Rapid test antibody HIV 1 / 2 and result is NEGATIVE

I never have unprotect sex !

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    Are you in the UK? Hospitals now want to test the whole population for HIV. I'm not sure if doctors are also being asked to do it.
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    Probably just a precaution. Your Dr has learned over the years that most people do not tell the truth about having protected or unprotected sex. So he most likely errors on the side of caution.
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      In some hospitals they are even testing 90 year olds.

      "Manchester Royal Infirmary, part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have started a new initiative to identify patients who are undiagnosed as HIV Positive.  From Monday 6th June, all patients admitted to the Medical Assessment Unit will now be asked for their permission to be tested for HIV.  When a patient is admitted, they have routine blood tests performed that test a range of things from kidney function to blood group.  Now, if they give their permission, they will also be tested for HIV.  

      In Manchester, 4.47 people in every 1,000 are HIV positive.  With such a high prevalence rate - and the fact that many people deem themselves low risk - the hope is that by offering it to all medical patients we will be able to diagnose those patients that would not necessarily think to request a HIV test.

      Dr Darren Cousins, the specialist registrar who is leading the implementation said: "By making the test as normal as possible alongside other medical investigations, what we're trying to do is reduce the stigma overall"

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      Derek, that is an excellent point !   With the epidemic of HIV - routine testing across the board is key.  When I am asked if I feel I am in a high risk group for HIV - I always answer "YES, because I am sexually active".  It's as simple as that.

      I also feel the stigma will naturally diminish over a long period of time, beacuse testing will most likely become routine - and most everyone will know someone that is infected. Something else that will help ease the stigma, is when people truly realize that it is a disease, not just for specific groups, but a disease that can affect anyone.

       

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