About one fourth of the one million U.S. residents currently living with HIV are unaware of their HIV infection. A recently published study which looked at routinely offering rapid HIV testing to persons seeking care in hospital emergency departments concluded that all health care facilities (i.e., emergency departments, primary care clinics, community clinics, hospitals in-patient facilities, and urgent care clinics) should offer HIV testing services to patients. Created: 6/22/2007 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/3/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
HIV Testing: It Helps to Know
Routine Rapid HIV Testing in Emergency Departments
August 3, 2007
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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In the U.S., approximately one million people are living with HIV. Of those,
nearly a quarter don’t know they’re infected. When people find out
infected, they can benefit from earlier access to live-saving treatment, and
reduce the risk of infecting others. Because anyone can get HIV, CDC
recommends people 13 to 64 be tested at their doctor’s office or any health
facility. CDC also recommends that pregnant women be tested early during each
pregnancy. You can learn more about HIV, AIDS, and HIV testing at www.hivtest.org or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO.
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