Latent infection in HIV-positive refugees and other immigrants in Australia

Greta A Gurry, Claire Dendle and Ian J Woolley
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01636
Published online: 16 March 2015

To the Editor: Refugees and other immigrants may carry latent infections not endemic to Australia. Immunocompromised people, including those living with HIV, are at particular risk of reactivation of such infections.1 Screening for schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis in patients with HIV is not currently recommended by Australian guidelines2 or the United States guidelines that they reference;3 however, it is recommended by those of the United Kingdom.4

  • Greta A Gurry1
  • Claire Dendle2
  • Ian J Woolley2

  • 1 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, VIC.


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