Testing for HIV antibody: a comparison of two services offered in a genitourinary medicine clinic

Int J STD AIDS. 1995 Jul-Aug;6(4):251-6. doi: 10.1177/095646249500600406.


Rates of screening for sexually transmissible infections in patients using different services provided by a genitourinary medicine clinic for testing for HIV antibodies are presented. Those patients whose primary reason for attending the clinic was HIV antibody testing and used the same day result (SDR) service were significantly less likely to be screened for other infections than those using the normal waiting time (NWT) service, (P < 0.00001). This was true for both males and females. Of those patients screened for other infections in the SDR and NWT groups 29% and 35% respectively were found to have a sexually transmitted infection. It would appear that an SDR service offers little benefit for the majority of patients as only a few patients would not have had an HIV antibody test had the SDR not been available.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • AIDS Serodiagnosis / methods
  • Adult
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / complications
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Medical Records
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / complications
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Waiting Lists