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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

STAUFFERT, Dulce et al. Serological diagnosis of Chagas disease in HIV-infected patients. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2015, vol.48, n.3, pp.331-333. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0268-2014.

INTRODUCTION:

This study assessed the rate of request for the serological diagnosis of Chagas disease

among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients treated at the Specialized Care Service of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

METHODS:

This cross-sectional study used secondary data obtained from the medical records of 252 patients aged between 18 and 75 years.

RESULTS:

The serological diagnosis of Chagas disease was requested only in 3.2% of cases.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results demonstrate poor adherence to protocols on the part of healthcare professionals, indicating the need to reevaluate the procedures applied to HIV-infected patients from endemic regions for both diseases.

Keywords : Trypanosoma cruzi; AIDS; Coinfection.

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