Reliability of Admission History in Predicting HIV Infection Among Alcoholic Inpatients
AbstractThe authors evaluated the eliability of admission history for assessing risk for HIV infection in alcoholic inpatients. Discard blood specimens were used and correlated with risk factors for HIV obtained from the admission record. Of 300 admissions, 31 (10.4%) tested seropositive for HIV. Of these 31 HIV-infected inpatients, 11 (35.5%) had no documented risk factors. Although history of injection drug use was associated with HIV infection (adjusted odds ratio = 506; P< 0:0001), history of male sex with males, crack-cocaine use, and heterosexual risk behaviors did not predict HIV seropositivity. Admission history was not reliable for assessing risk for HIV infection among inpatients on our alcohol rehabilitation unit.