Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006

Voluntary HIV Testing

For the first time, the CDC is recommending that all patients aged 13 to 64 who come for any type of health care be screened for HIV. Before this recommendation, the agency only urged testing in hospitals where HIV prevalence was high or among high-risk patients — a catch-as-catch-can approach. The testing is voluntary but because it's more inclusive, it should reduce the number of HIV-positive Americans who remain unaware of their status.