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Most people infected with HIV-I will develop AIDS, but the incubation period varies (mean 10 years, range 2-20).(1) Death reports on people known to be infected with HIV-I but without AIDS permit better estimates of the impact of the HIV epidemic.(2) HIV testing of the dead sidesteps many of the ethical and social policy issues raised in the testing of the living.(3) We report the prevalence of HIV antibody in subjects whose deaths had been selected for medicolegal investigation.
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This forensic medicine department provides a medicolegal necropsy service for Tayside (population 394 000; 172 860 in Dundee) and north east Fife (population 68 260). Routine …