Human immunodeficiency virus infection in Northern Ireland 1980-1989

R. D. Maw, J. H. Connolly, E. E. Mayne, W. McClelland, W. W. Dinsmore, T. Horner, J. S. Boyd, H. M. Colhoun, L. Doherty, D. M. Simpson

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    To 31st December 1989, 71 persons are known to have attended medical practitioners in Northern Ireland with a diagnosis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. Twenty-one of these persons have had the diagnosis of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and 11 have died. The distribution of reports in the "at risk" categories of homosexual/bisexual males, injecting drug users, heterosexual males and females was significantly different (p less than 0.001) from those reported in the United Kingdom as a whole. Of tests for HIV infection carried out in patients attending the genitourinary medicine department of the Royal Victoria Hospital between 1987-1989, 0.16% have been positive. The prognostic value of the T4 lymphocyte count at presentation for the subsequent development of AIDS was significant (p = 0.0011). The commonest AIDS indicator disease diagnosed was Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia which was seen in seven of the 21 patients (33%).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-74
    Number of pages12
    JournalThe Ulster Medical Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1991


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