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Vancouver Hospitals Plan to Offer HIV Tests to Everyone

September 26, 2011

It's no secret that not enough people get tested for HIV on a regular basis, let alone get tested at all. Here in the United States, an estimated 300,000 Americans infected with HIV are completely unaware of their status. Access to care plays a role in people not getting tested, but so do the missed opportunities that occur in hospital and ER settings.

A new pilot program aims to address similar testing gaps in Canada. Starting next month, doctors in two Vancouver hospitals will begin offering an HIV test to every patient who requires some type of blood work. This initiative is part of a four-year, $48 million program, Stop HIV/AIDS.

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Comment by: So Cal Poz (San Diego, ca) Sat., Oct. 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm EDT
Absolutely, the most logical step to reducing transmissions and prolonging every patients life expectancy. This is responsibility of a medical doctor to screen and protect their patients health. This should absolutely be a routine part of all blood tests, HIV no longer has high risk community associated with it, one exposure is all it takes.
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