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Routine cryptococcal antigen screening for HIV-infected patients with low CD4+ T-lymphocyte counts - time to implement in South Africa?

Joseph N Jarvis, Thomas S Harrison, Nelesh Govender, Stephen D Lawn, Nicky Longley, Tihana Bicanic, Gary Maartens, Francois Venter, Linda-Gail Bekker, Robin Wood, Graeme Meintjes

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Joseph N Jarvis, Infectious Diseases Research Unit, GF Jooste Hospital

Thomas S Harrison, Centre for Infection, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, St. George’s University of London

Nelesh Govender, Mycology Reference Unit, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, a Division of the National Health Laboratory Service and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Stephen D Lawn, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nicky Longley, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Tihana Bicanic, Centre for Infection, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, St. George’s University of London

Gary Maartens, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town

Francois Venter, Wits Institute for Sexual & Reproductive Health, HIV and Related Diseases and Department of Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand

Linda-Gail Bekker, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Robin Wood, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Graeme Meintjes, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

HIV; Cryptococcal meningitis; Screening programme

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(4):232-234.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-01-08
Date published: 2011-04-04

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