The case for indicator condition-guided HIV screening


Correspondence: Prof. Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Copenhagen HIV Programme, Copenhagen University, Panum Institute, Bldg 21.1, Blegdamsvej 3B, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark. Tel: +45 5152 9926; fax: +45 3545 5758; e-mail:


One-half of the estimated 2.5 million people who now live with HIV in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region are still diagnosed late. A central question is which clinical scenarios should trigger an HIV test recommendation in order to avoid late presentation. Drawing on the work of the HIV Indicator Diseases across Europe Study (HIDES), new guidance brings together in one place a list of the conditions that should result in an HIV screening recommendation.