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Tracking HIV in psychiatric patients.

Psychiatric hospitals may need to pursue more vigorous testing for the AIDS virus among newly admitted patients, according to a report in the April AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY. Analysis of residue from blood samples taken on admission from 350 patients at an urban psychiatric facility revealed HIV infection in 25. Of 10 HIV-positive patients whose HIV status was not knwon at the time of admission, eight received discharges with their positive status still unrecorded, note psychiatrict Michael Sacks of the Payne Whitney Clinic in New York City and his colleagues.

Also, of 77 patients who on admission cited risk behaviors for HIV infection, such as intravenous drug use, 39 received discharges with no record og being tested for the virus, either before or during hospitalization, the researchers report.
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Date:May 9, 1992
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