Advances in HIV screening and care
HIV: 1 in 6 is infected without knowing it
The CDC estimates that approximately 1.1 million persons live with HIV in the United States. It’s also estimated that nearly one out of every six HIV-infected persons is unaware of his or her infection and therefore unable to benefit from clinical care to reduce morbidity and mortality.
That means there are patients who may unknowingly be transmitting HIV. Physicians can play an active role in addressing this issue by screening for HIV according to updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines.
Why more people should be tested for HIV
Incidence rates for HIV infection have not gone down, suggesting that the previous strategy of risk-based testing has not been effective. New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) help address this important public health issue.*
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Association of Public Health Laboratories. Laboratory testing for the diagnosis of HIV infection: updated recommendations. June 27, 2014. Available at: http://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/23447.
Changes to HIV screening guidelines
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV in the United States: At A Glance. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/ataglance.html. Last reviewed and updated December 3, 2013. Accessed February 14, 2014.
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