The National Aids Trust said that HIV is being spread rapidly because
doctors often overlook symptoms which could be revealing the
As many as half of all early-stage infections, characterized by severe
flu-like symptoms, are being missed.

Recognizing the symptoms and ordering an HIV test would certainly
prevent many further infections.

A GP should always be open-minded to the possibility their patients had HIV.

Approximately 7,000 new HIV infections occur in the UK every year,
and almost 50% are thought to be passed on by people who were in
the early stages of their own infection, not being aware of it.

The thing is that person with HIV is the most infectious at this initial stage.
At this point, massive levels of HIV virus circulate in the blood and
cause symptoms such as sore throats, fever and rashes.
Six weeks after, the symptoms recede and the infected person goes back
to feeling well, still being infected with the HIV virus.

Most people visiting doctors with such symptoms are often told it was
a trivial viral infection, and to return if it did not improve.

A study showed that 48% of HIV patients who had sought
medical advice with their early symptoms had not been diagnosed at
this initial stage.

Chief executive of National Aids Trust said that it is a huge problem
that GPs and other healthcare professionals are missing the
signs and symptoms of HIV infection.

Missing the early symptoms and late diagnosis would mean becoming ill
in the longer term and responding less well to treatment.

Additionally, this means putting others at risk of infection by living
undiagnosed for many years.

HIV testing should be more widespread and routine. Doctors are
expected to be able to make the diagnosis.

Unfortunately, many are still influenced by the stereotypical notion
of the "gay man with HIV". The bare truth is that it is not just gay
men but also heterosexual both men and women.
Doctors should always be alive to the possibility that the person in
front of them may have HIV due to the wide spread of the disease.