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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 1631878, 7 pages
Research Article

Late Presentation of HIV Infection: Prevalence, Trends, and the Role of HIV Testing Strategies in Guangzhou, China, 2008–2013

1Department of AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, No. 1, Qide Road, Jiahe, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510440, China
2University of North Carolina Project-China, No. 2, Lujing Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510095, China

Received 7 June 2016; Revised 10 August 2016; Accepted 6 September 2016

Academic Editor: Esteban Martinez

Copyright © 2016 Weibin Cheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The prevalence, trends, and the role of different HIV testing strategies in late presentation of HIV infection in China were unknown. Methods. Data of newly reported HIV cases in Guangzhou between 2008 and 2013 was analyzed to examine the prevalence, trends, and characteristics of late presentation of HIV infection by three types of HIV testing strategies. Results. Overall, 53.2% (1412/2653) and 27.3% (724/2653) met the criteria of late presentation and presentation with advanced HIV disease. The overall trend of late presentation of HIV infection within the study period was declining. Late presentation was 62.9% in 2008 and dropped to 43.3% in 2013 (); presentation with advanced HIV disease was 40.3% in 2008 and dropped to 15.2% in 2013 (). Of the three testing strategies, PITC presented higher odds of both late presentation [AOR (95% CI): PITC versus VCT: 1.37 (1.09, 1.73); PITC versus MHT: 3.09 (2.16, 4.42)] and presentation with advanced HIV disease [AOR (95% CI): PITC versus VCT: 1.65 (1.29, 2.11); PITC versus MHT: 13.14 (8.47, 20.39)]. Conclusions. Although the late presentation of HIV infection was declining, it was still high in Guangzhou. The worse situation among PITC cases urges the policy adjustment in medical settings to increase early HIV diagnosis.