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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 139  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 903-912

Assessment of clinico-immunological profile of newly diagnosed HIV patients presenting to a teaching hospital of eastern India


1 Department of Medicine, Medical Collge, Kolkata, India
2 Department of Medicine, Medical Collge, Kolkata; Department of Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata 700 014, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Medical Collge, Kolkata, India
4 Medica Superspeciality Hospital, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Saptarshi Bishnu
Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Hepatology, School of Digestive & Liver Diseases Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research & SSKM Hospital, 240, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata 700 020
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 25109725

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Background & objectives: Newly diagnosed HIV patients may be asymptomatic or present with a wide range of symptoms related to opportunistic infections, acute seroconversion illness or other medical illnesses. This study was designed to evaluate the socio-demographic parameters, spectrum of the presenting clinical conditions and concurrent immunological status of newly diagnosed HIV patients and document the WHO clinical stages at the time of HIV diagnosis. Methods: This cross-sectional, observational study was undertaken over a 12 month period at a tertiary referral hospital in eastern India. Three hundred sixty consecutive newly diagnosed HIV patients were selected for the study from the HIV clinic and medicine wards of this hospital. Demographic and clinical data and relevant laboratory investigations of the patients were recorded and analyzed. Results: Mean age of patients was 36.38 ± 10.62 yr, while 63.89 per cent were males. The main mode of transmission of HIV for males and females were unprotected exposure to commercial sex (139, 60.44%) and intercourse with HIV seropositive spouses (89, 68.46%), respectively. Fever (104, 28.89%), weight loss (103, 28.61%) and generalized weakness (80, 22.22%) were the predominant symptoms. Overall mean CD4 count was 176.04 ± 163.49 cells/μl (males 142.19 ± 139.33 cells/μl; females 235.92 ± 185.11 cells/μl). Overall, 224 opportunistic infections were documented in 160 patients, opportunistic diarrhoea (44, 12.22%) and pulmonary tuberculosis (39, 10.83%) being the commonest. There were 83 and 133 patients in WHO clinical stages 3 and 4, respectively; 291 (80.83%) patients were eligible for initiation of first-line antiretrovirals at presentation. Interpretation & conclusions: Advanced immunodeficiency and burden of opportunistic infections characterize newly diagnosed HIV patients in eastern India. The physicians should keep in mind that these patients may have more than one clinical condition at presentation.


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