Background: Epidemiological data from each
country can differ between cities and regions, for instance morbidity in HIV
infection is four times higher in the south-west of Poland than in the east
parts. Newly infected people are five times more often reported in the central
part of our country than in the south-east. Methods: We assessed the main
reasons for providing HIV tests among HIV-positive patients of The Department
of Hepatology and Acquired Immunodeficiencies at the Medical University of
Warsaw in comparison with the epidemiological situation in Poland. We designed
a survey with baseline data and questions about the reasons for and place of HIV
testing. Results: The main reason for HIV testing is risky sexual contacts, not
intravenous drug use like several years ago. The main places where HIV
infection is detected are hospitals, outpatients’ clinics and consultative and
diagnostic points (PCDs). Conclusion: Our results are not strictly the same
like in our Polish national data or data of the PCD’s but can give new
epidemiologic insights into our patients’ situation.
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