Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings
The objectives of these recommendations are to increase HIV screening of patients, including pregnant women, in health-care settings; foster earlier detection of HIV infection; identify and counsel persons with unrecognized HIV infection and link them to clinical and prevention services; and further reduce perinatal transmission of HIV in the United States. Created: 9/22/2006 by MMWR.
Date Released: 9/28/2006. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
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Welcome to A Minute of Health with CDC, a weekly broadcast of the MMWR, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. I''m Matthew Reynolds. CDC has released new recommendations that urge doctors to include HIV testing as part of their patients'' regular health care.
Routine HIV testing will ensure more people learn if they are infected with HIV, allowing them to benefit from earlier access to treatment, and reduce the risk of infecting their partners.
Each year, an estimated 40,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV, and approximately one million are living with HIV. Of those, 250,000 don''t know they are infected. That means they are not getting treatment, and they may be spreading the virus to others.
The aim of CDC''s new recommendations is to increase early HIV diagnosis among people who are unaware they are infected, and make it easier to conduct HIV screening in doctor''s offices and emergency rooms.
For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/hiv and be sure to join me next week on A Minute of Health with CDC.
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