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Reminder of important clinical lesson
A patient carrying HIV
  1. Bashir Adeela
  1. Princess Royal Hospital, Elderly Care, Apley Castle, Telford, Shropshire, Birmingham TF1 6TF, UK
  1. Bashir Adeela, adeelab{at}


A 52-year-old Caucasian man presented to hospital with confusion and was treated for a urinary tract infection. He developed new and unexpected signs and symptoms during his stay in hospital. On further questioning, the story of his social background unfolded and, following further investigation, he was diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This case reminds all clinicians to think about HIV in the older patient and it also gives direction for investigation and management of similar cases in the future. Identifying HIV early is imperative because it allows effective treatment to be initiated and this will impact upon the patient’s quality and longevity of life.

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