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Correction to: Development and validation of a risk score to assist screening for acute HIV-1 infection among men who have sex with men

  • Maartje Dijkstra1, 2,
  • Godelieve J. de Bree1, 3Email author,
  • Ineke G. Stolte2,
  • Udi Davidovich1, 2,
  • Eduard J. Sanders3, 4, 5,
  • Maria Prins1, 2 and
  • Maarten F. Schim van der Loeff1, 2
Contributed equally
BMC Infectious DiseasesBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:691

Received: 10 October 2017

Accepted: 10 October 2017

Published: 24 October 2017

The original article was published in BMC Infectious Diseases 2017 17:425


After publication of the original article [1] the authors noted that the following errors had occurred:
  1. 1.

    In the section ‘Optimising the risk score’, the word sensitivity was used instead of specificity.


This has been corrected in the sentence below:

Choosing a less stringent cutoff of 1.1 would result in sensitivity of 85.9% but lower the specificity to 59.3% (Fig. 1e).
  1. 2.

    In the ‘Discussion’ section, the incorrect value was used for weight loss. Instead of β 1.9, the correct value should be β 0.9. This figure is correct in Table 3 of the original article.


This has been corrected in the sentence below:

The optimal risk score included oral thrush (β 1.7), fever (β 1.6), lymphadenopathy (β 1.5), weight loss (β 0.9), self-reported gonorrhea (β 1.6), receptive CLAI (β 1.1), and more than five sexual partners (β 0.9) (all in the preceding six months) (risk score E).


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Authors’ Affiliations

Academic Medical Center, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Amsterdam
Public Health Service of Amsterdam, Department of Infectious Diseases, Research and Prevention
Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, University of Amsterdam
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Centre for Geographic Medicine Research –Coast
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford


  1. Dijkstra M, de Bree GJ, Stolte IG, Davidovich U, Sanders EJ, Prins M, Schim van der Loeff MF. Development and validation of a risk score to assist screening for acute HIV-1 infection among men who have sex with men. BMC Infect Dis. 2017;17:425. DOI:10.1186/s12879-017-2508-4.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar


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