Thursday, February 10, 2005

Routine HIV testing urged

Linda Johnson writes for the Associated Press that two major studies are advocating routine HIV testing. Such testing would be cost effective since the savings in detection and early intervention would outweigh the cost of testing, except for the celibate and monogamous. The VA participated in one of the studies and appears likely to go ahead with routine testing.

Testing is now routine for pregnant women in Texas. Women can opt out of the test, but the overwhelming majority consent to be tested. This has reduced the rate of perinatal transmission in Texas dramatically.

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